Thursday, March 23, 2006

Save the Internet!

One of the wonderful things about the Internet is that, in a sense, all Web sites are created equal. Anyone can build a site, and there's no preference given to one over another -- in terms of how quickly pages load onto your screen, or how how easy they are to download from. This is known as "net neutrality."

Unfortunately, the concept of net neutrality may not be around much longer, according to a New Yorker article by James Surowiecki. He writes,
In the future, Web sites that pay extra to providers could receive what BellSouth recently called "special treatment," and those that don’t could end up in the slow lane. One day, BellSouth customers may find that, say, loads a lot faster than, and that the sites BellSouth favors just seem to run more smoothly. Tiered access will turn the providers into Internet gatekeepers.
Luckily, there is still something you can do to save net neutrality. Voicing your concerns to Congress is only a few clicks away.


Post a Comment

<< Home