Can you imagine if this site loaded that slowly?
If you’re looking for the answer to question posed in this blog post title, I’m not sure I can deliver. I can, however, point you in the right direction. Honestly, it confused me the first time I heard about it. Had you asked me several weeks ago, I would have told you that it still kind of confuses me.
Here’s how I understand Net Neutrality: super big companies that have millions to spend could reserve the coveted “autobahn” lanes on the internet, hogging all the bandwidth, and leave all the little people (small websites and blogs) stuck in traffic. In other words, our sites would take last priority to load to our readers. And not just blogs and websites…anyone who doesn’t have millions to spare to have their site loaded in under a minute (or more). I don’t know about you, but that sucks big time.
A few weeks back, when we cut back on cable and started streaming to save money, I thought I was going nuts when I perceived Netflix streaming slower than usual. (We also cut back on our internet speed in the process, but apparently it had nothing to do with that.) We have Comcast as our (limited) cable and internet provider. Apparently Comcast and Netflix had this huge public fight and I didn’t know anything about it. (CNET must-read: Comcast vs. Netflix: is this really about Net Neutrality?).
I signed the petition to the FCC to uphold Internet service providers (ISPs) treating all data equally. NameCheap even has a special going on for new domains: $5.88 to register a new domain or $3.88 to transfer a new domain to them…and the funds go to help the little people fight for Net Neutrality.
Like I said, I wouldn’t be contributing much to this topic as I’m still learning about it. What are your thoughts?