The FCC would like to ban the wireless companies from limiting bandwidth. The hope is that by doing this it will open up more video streaming, graphics-rich games, movie and music downloads plus other services to consumers. On the flip side the wireless companies complain that it is their toy and if people want to play they need to pay. And pay dearly we do. But is more governmental regulations the correct way to handle the problem?
According to a recent article it states that:
The proposed rules could change how operators manage their networks and profit from them, and the everyday online experience of individual users. Treating all Web traffic equally means carriers couldn’t block or slow access to services or sites that are a drain on their networks or offered by rivals.
Wireless carriers, which have been among the fiercest opponents of such regulation, continue to restrict what kind of data travels over the airwaves they control. For example, earlier this year, AT&T prevented an Internet-phone service from Skype so it couldn’t place calls on AT&T’s cellular network.
If the FCC does force U.S. wireless carriers to open their networks to data-heavy applications like streaming video, it could push them beyond the limited capacity they have. Already, in congested urban areas like New York and San Francisco, a high concentration of iPhones has caused many AT&T customers to complain about degrading service.
The rules could encourage big Internet companies to launch new data-intensive services by establishing that their traffic can’t be slowed or blocked. In the business market, companies that make Internet-phone services or video-conferencing software may invest more heavily in those services, too.
So what do you think? Should the government force the wireless companies to increase bandwidth?
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