Explaining Net Neutrality and the Affect on Hartelco Customers
Written by Mike Becker, Hartelco General Manager/CEO
Feb. 15, 2018, Hartington, NE— Since early December, there’s been much hype in the news and on social media about the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) abolishing some of the Net Neutrality rules that were put in place by then-Commissioner Tom Wheeler under the Obama Administration. Some have made so much fuss regarding the rollback of Net Neutrality rules that you’d think that the sky is falling. I can assure you that it isn’t.
So what is Net Neutrality? In summary, it’s regulations that the FCC put into place which prohibited Internet Service Providers from engaging in certain behaviors. These behaviors included:
- Blocking content, applications, and services
- Throttling or degrading Internet traffic
- Engage in prioritizing Internet content for a fee
Although the FCC’s recent Order no longer requires strict adherence to these prohibitions, the new rules require all Internet Service Providers to disclose if they block, throttle, degrade or engage in paid prioritization. If companies are found to engage in these activities, the Federal Trade Commission would have jurisdiction to take action.
Here’s a link to a January 4, 2018 post on the Federal Trade Commission’s website written by the FTC’s Acting Chief Technologist, which details much of what I’ve stated above. https://www.ftc.gov/news-events/blogs/techftc/2018/01/how-ftc-keeps-technology
Hartelco has never engaged in any prohibited behaviors for which the Net Neutrality Order was intended, and rest assured that we don’t intend to. So not only is the sky not falling, as a Hartelco subscriber, there is no impact on you. As always, please contact us with any questions.