The net neutrality is already gone

Net neutrality on the way to US law

This is reported by the US portal RedOrbit. US providers such as AT&T or Comcast had blocked certain data transfers in the past. On the one hand, this was justified with illegal downloads. On the other hand, the providers are arguing about the financing of data transport and the additional load on the networks due to constantly growing amounts of data.

With his move, Dorogan wants to ensure that Internet providers are legally bound to a neutral stance towards all data packets. So far there has only been a guarantee from the Federal Communication Commission (FCC) to consumers that all legal content can be accessed on the web. However, Internet providers are not obliged to meet these guarantees.

The FCC's Democratic Commissioners have long wanted to ensure net neutrality through regulatory steps, while the Republicans have always resisted it by pointing out the costs incurred for the entire industry. After the election of Barack Obama as US president and a majority in Congress, the net neutrality law could soon be passed. After all, Obama had already spoken out in favor of net neutrality during the election campaign. "The Internet must be a neutral platform through which anyone can send information without having to go through an intermediary," said Obama in June.

The major content providers on the web, including Google and Microsoft, should be satisfied with this. After all, potential monetary claims on the part of the provider are already nipped in the bud. The discussion about the neutrality of data packets on the web is most prevalent in the USA, but it is also being held in Europe and Japan. For example, British Telecom spoke up in the summer and demanded that YouTube and Co should participate in the billion-dollar investments that are due in the near future. After all, these multimedia providers are largely responsible for the excessive load on the networks.

Although the discussion is repeated in Europe, it is not nearly as intense as in the United States. "The conditions are simply different in this country. While in the USA commercial interests are clearly in the foreground, in Europe competition issues dominate", explains Andreas Wildberger, general secretary of Internet Service Providers Austria (ISPA). In the USA, critics fear a duopoly of content providers and Internet providers. Here, the web provider could demand a kind of protection fee for content to ensure the transfer. "This would go hand in hand with the loss of the independence of the information offering with major commercial and socio-political consequences," comments Wildberger. (ala / pte)