Internet Speed and Net Neutrality During COVID-19

Responsibility during COVID-19

It is important to ensure that access to digital content is made available during these challenging times. Since internet providers can influence our means to access information and communication internet providers have responsibly signed a connected ledge.

  • (1) not terminate service to any residential or small business customers because of their inability to pay their bills due to the disruptions caused by the coronavirus pandemic;
  • (2) waive any late fees that any residential or small business customers incur because of their economic circumstances related to the coronavirus pandemic; and
  • (3) open its Wi-Fi hotspots to any American who needs them.”

Internet providers in the United States

There are over 2000 internet service providers in the united states, there are 12 leading broadband providers in North America.

  • 882 DSL “Digital Subscriber Line”
  • 235 Copper providers (Business T1/T3 connections, etc)
  • 447 Cable companies.
  • 1297 Fiber Internet providers.
  • 1568 Fixed Wireless Broadband providers.
  • 52 Mobile Broadband and LTE providers.

Net Neutrality

Before Net Neutrality was repealed, it served to consumers from various unethical practices. The Net neutrality allowed Interned Service Providers to be classified as a Utility service, similar to water and electricity. This allowed the government to have tighter control over the service providers.

Takeaway on Net Neutrality

Internet speed and quality are directly controlled by a few dominant internet providers in the United States. These providers have no competition to motivate them to keep the quality of their service high. Net neutrality also directly protects internet speed and quality and keeps the ISP’s in check. Since Net neutrality was appealed last year, the Internet service providers are free to block, throttle, and prioritize services based on payment.

Importance of Net Neutrality

As the tech industry places more emphasis on net neutrality rulings, it’s important that we restore Net neutrality. While Washington and New Jersey have signed state laws to uphold Neutrality, the regulation is not in effect Federally. Many states remain unprotected because of this, which is why we must urge our state governor and representatives to restore Net neutrality.



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