20 The Costco Connection JANUARY 2015
NETWORK NEUTRALITY MEANS free, open and equal access
to the Internet. Some say that to preserve this we need
government regulations; otherwise Internet service providers
will create fast, “preferred” access to some websites and
services for consumers and businesses willing to pay for them,
while blocking others out or forcing them onto Internet “slow
lanes.” Opponents argue that government restrictions will
impede innovation and investment and ultimately affect
everyone’s quality of Internet service.
What do you think?
Find out more about this topic on the Web:
washingtonpost.com (search “ 5 myths about net neutrality”)
Preventing ISPs from giving pref-
erential treatment to
select companies or
types of data serves
to enforce the free
and open Internet we’ve had
all along. Not enacting protec-
tions would inhibit innovation by
creating artificially high barriers
I feel government [regulations]
will impede innovation and investment
and ultimately affect
everyone’s quality of
The Internet [is] a much-needed
necessity in daily life.
Many people, such
as myself, need it at
home to do our jobs,
and we can’t allow these companies to hold the service hostage
or slow it whenever they want
When the word “regulation”
comes into play, that
is the end of the freedom of the ‘Net.
By allowing some users of traf-
fic special access to
the “fast lane” of the
Internet by paying
more, the potential
for a monopoly increases, and
there will be less marketplace
competition to check prices.
Net neutrality with the government in charge is
doublespeak at best.
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Do we need regulations
to preserve “network