Preserving Net Neutrality in the U.S.
The U.S. Federal Communications Commission (FCC) will vote December 14 on whether to reverse the 2015 net neutrality decision to regulate internet service providers (ISPs) as a public utility.
Udemy supports net neutrality because we believe consumers should be able to access the entire internet, and we want to preserve fair competition among businesses of all sizes.
What is net neutrality?
Under net neutrality, ISPs cannot discriminate against or favor certain types of users, websites, or content. Net neutrality helps level the playing field for every business to compete on the quality of its products and services, not how much it can afford to pay ISPs.
For example, imagine you wanted to shop online at two major retailers and an independent small business. Without net neutrality:
- ISPs could favor major retailers by slowing down your connection to the independent business’s website (i.e., throttling)
- Large retailers could engage in a bidding war to block access to each other
- ISPs could demand extra fees from all three retailers to avoid being blocked
- Consumers could be asked to pay an additional fee to access a website or app