Simply put net neutrality “preserves our right to communicate freely online.” Without net neutrality cable companies could transform the internet forever, on the upside parts of the internet would be censored to those too young and steering the youth along the right path but the downside is much larger.
First off the cable companies would be able to control the speed that each customer receives, the customer would still be able to get fast internet speeds but only if they can afford the extra cost. The internet could then be set up as a massive membership system where for a certain price the customer could unlock a very small amount of the internet.
At the end of the day, there has been fight against the regulation of the internet as soon as it was first functional, as Ganley and Allgrove said (2006) ” the Internet is comprised of three layers: the physical layer, the logical layer and the content layer.” the content layer is made up of actual content, Logical is the code and the physical layer is made of computers, routers and ect. On each one of these layers there has been controversy around the regulations: A large amount of content on the Internet is constantly being attacked with copyrights and is usually forced to be taken down, Unfortunately the logical layer is seen as the scariest because although everyone can gain access to the internet not everyone understands how it works let alone can make it work so when a change is made it usually carry’s controversy this is why its so difficult regulate the internet, finally the physical layer can be regulated slightly easier than the other two however the cable companies charge more for a faster service which some could say is breaking net neutrality.
It would make sense to regulate the internet but unlike television and radio it would become far too commercialized and costs would go through roof, it just wouldn’t be the free and open place we know today.
Ganley, P. Allgrove, B. 2006. Computer Law & Security Review. Volume 22, Issue 6. London: Baker & McKenzie LLP