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Thursday, 25 January 2018 15:29

Net Neutrality and a Decentralized Cloud for a More Open Internet

An open platform to access and share information for everyone, everywhere has been the fundamental role of the internet since its inception. Sadly, open internet has come under attack. The recent Federal Communications Commission ruling to repeal net neutrality protections means that communication networks in the US have become more open to abuse by large corporations. The internet was originally envisioned to be peer-to-peer with no dependency on any central entities. From now on, major telecommunications companies will have the power to decide what content runs over “their” networks. Telecom companies will be able to prioritize different types of internet traffic, block access, slow down or speed up services as they wish.

This new state of the internet proposed by the FCC is an attack against our modern social fabric. It is undeniable that open internet has improved the lives of billions of people all over the world. Revolutionary products and services have been possible thanks to equal treatment of all internet traffic. An open internet has enabled innovative start-up companies to create new products and services and pave the path for continued technological and social progress. Now, the FCC has decided to hamper progress and economic opportunity and hand the keys to our internet to a few dominant players. Without net neutrality, a few large corporations can restructure how the Internet works and potentially slow down the pace of technological and social progress.