Should the internet be a free market?

Ben Johnson and Kristin Schwab Jul 12, 2017
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Should the internet be a free market?

Ben Johnson and Kristin Schwab Jul 12, 2017
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Tech giants — Snapchat, Spotify, Facebook, even PornHub — are banding together today to protest the Federal Communications Commission’s (FCC) plan to roll back net neutrality rules. During this internet-wide day of action to save net neutrality, sites and apps are posting banners, videos and GIFs to their platforms and social media accounts as well as sending push notifications to their users. This is all in the hopes of raising enough awareness on the subject that people will contact Congress and the FCC to tell them to keep net neutrality regulations in place. 

Many tech companies oppose dismantling net neutrality regulations, claiming that it would give cable companies the ability to favor certain platforms. They further insist that a rollback of regulations would hurt consumers, who might have to pay more to access certain sites or deal with slower connection speeds when streaming music and video. Net neutrality supporters say dismantling the regulations would create a sort of “toll” for companies, which would mean smaller companies wouldn’t be able to compete with the giants when it comes to providing services for users.

Opponents, like internet providers, say there is no such thing as a neutral internet anyways, and that prices of resources should reflect their value, as they do in most markets.

Marketplace Tech host Ben Johnson spoke with Scott Wallsten of the Technology Policy Institute and Michael Beckerman of the Internet Association about what the internet would look like in a world without net neutrality. 

Click the above audio player to hear the full interview. 

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