Net Neutrality & Washington (BAW9)

A lot of things have been written about Net Neutrality and the FCC Net Neutrality repeal that was passed back in December 2017.  This week there was a new twist in this saga but I’ll come to that later… first lets take a look at what Net Neutrality actually is:

Firstly, Net Neutrality affects us all, whenever we are utilising the internet.  The basis of net neutrality is that all ISPs must treat all data on the internet the same, there should be no discrimination and ISPs are not allowed to block, slow down or charge for specific websites and online content.

When I first heard about the repeal, someone explained the change that was being implemented as being similar to a highway.  In the net neutrality design, everyone is able to utilise all lanes of traffic and all lanes are equal.  With the repeal in place, this gives companies the capability to slow down lanes of traffic unless they pay for access to the ‘Fast Lane’, meaning that the few people who are willing to pay for this access will have faster access with everyone else suffering.  So in this design, it could also mean that large media companies could come to exclusive agreements with ISPs to have their traffic pushed down the fast lanes and have other media companies restricted.

This further shown in the picture below:

As part of the repeal, the FCC also stated that no state in the US would be allowed to create their own laws to circumvent the repeal.  The repeal is set to go into force on 6th June 2018.

So, one of the interesting items that has occurred over the past few days is that Washington State has become the first State to pass its own law to protect net neutrality.  Oregon has also taken steps to protect net neutrality but Washington is the first State to add additional legislation on ISPs to demand that they disclose information on their management practices etc.

This is going to roll on and on, as there are likely to be law suits raised against Washington state from ISPs trying to protect the repeal and there is already a law suit being pursued against the FCC challenging the legality of the repeal plan based on constitutional grounds.

In theory, if you are located in Europe or the UK, then this may not affect you so much due to net neutrality already being written into law, although if the data that you are accessing is located in the US, then this could still be affected by the ISPs in the US.


Some sources of more information:


Blog-a-Week 2018 Posting (BAW):

In previous years, I have had periods throughout the year where I have been unable to post an entry to my blog.  During 2018, my aim is to post a blog entry each week of the year.  I’m hoping that the blog entries will all be useful bits of information or items that I’ve been working on recently but if the standard of the entries drops, I apologise now, as this could have been a busy week and I wasn’t able to put in as much time as I would have liked into the post

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I have been in IT for the past 15 years and using virtualisation technologies for around the past 8 years. I started, as quite a lot of people do, working with PCs after playing with such iconic systems like the ZX81, ZX Spectrum and then progressing through 386s, 486s, Pentiums etc. After being headhunted at sixth form to work for a small company based around Hertfordshire, UK. I began working with small businesses and gaining a lot of hardware experience. Three years later, after helping to increase the size of the business, I needed to gain exposure to a larger environment to progress my own career. I joined a large manufacturing company around Electronic Test and Measurement which progressed my skills onto more PC work, hardware work and then onto Server Operating Systems. I progressed again onto a consultancy company based in Reading, UK. Initially working as an engineer performing hardware / software installations for larger companies contracted out to the consultancy company, I moved up into a Consultant position continuing my travel across the UK assisting and providing solutions to companies. I finally moved on again to my current position, working back in Hertfordshire, UK. Again working for a large manufacturing company, this time with over 50,000 users worldwide. I am responsible for the datacenter hardware, the storage environment, the vmware environment and also implementing their new Citrix XenApp farm. My days are busy but also productive, its a friendly environment and in my four years of being with the company, I have seen many changes in technology and infrastructure in use within the company. About the site I started this site as I had been thinking of having more of a presence on the web for a while. On a daily basis, I perform tasks and use tools that others may not use or may not think to do and therefore I thought that I would share some of these experiences and tips with others to help with their day to day work. Currently, my main focus of work is around VMware and Veeam Backup & Replication but hopefully as my tasks progress, I’ll be able to share useful bits of information about other areas of IT as well.

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