Ugh! Another government to control the Internet :-(

Before going further, know that I have no relation with the ISPs nor that I care for them. Net neutrality (or I would call it ‘Internet socialism’) is not what many people think what it is for the future.

Enforcing net neutrality is not going to help but bring more danger to the Internet users! As computer networking person, as I explain later who is governing the Internet fairness, net neutrality is not going to bring fairness for the Internet users.

Now, how is that? You see, the big players who support net neutrality are Microsoft, Google, Facebook, Netflix etc. These are the content providers who benefit by regulating the rules for broken Internet. They are frightened and anxious that they cannot compete with other ISPs such as AT&T, Verizon and T-Mobile, because they think that these telecom providers further their own content. While the aforementioned industry giants are already a monopoly in their own respective disciplines, they want to be competitive in every field that they want to be and the latter giants are not letting them to do so. This has eventually become a big political drama and influenced normal people who are not aware of what Internet is and how it was built from the ground.

The Internet is a complex ecosystem that is built from protocols and standards that are carefully designed by the researchers and industry folks. Now what you are craving for is “Fairness”, a fair flow of Internet content which is not at all guaranteed by net neutrality. Then what is controlling this fairness? not the FCC; not the industry; not the users. The Internet in itself is governing its fairness. The Internet is a layered stack, where each protocol strives to make sure this fairness is achieved among all the users — In particular, a transport protocol called TCP (Transmission control protocol) prevents any end-point in taking advantage of the data transmission. It simply restrict the amount of content that an end-point can transmit over the wire. This one protocol has its own research for at least from the beginning of the invention of the Internet and is still active. Similarly, there are several other protocols and algorithms that the Internet is fortified of. Now let me go to what exactly you might be thinking in your mind — that what if an industry giant like AT&T goes viral and create it’s own Internet protocols? Let me tell you how that is not possible.

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Author: Dasari

PhD Student in Computer Science at Stony Brook

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