Worldview Wednesday: Net Neutrality

Worldview Wednesday: Net Neutrality

It’s called the World Wide Web – so see what Net Neutrality and other internet issues look like around the WORLD!

 


Before we get to net neutrality, let’s put some things in context.  

The graph below shows what countries have the most adults using the internet.  

The U.S. ranks 4th in percent of adults using the internet at 89%.  

Source: 1


Next, let’s look at the quality of internet.

These are the countries with the top 10 fastest average internet speeds as of the end of 2016.

If you noticed – the United States is not listed.  We are ranked #14.

Source: 2


Does fast mean expensive?  Not really.  

The chart compares speed of internet (yellow) vs the cost of high-speed internet (blue).

The U.S. pays the MOST for broadband service, but is not getting the fastest service.

South Korea is the opposite – paying the LEAST and getting the fastest internet.

Source: 3


Now that we’ve compared internet usage, speed, and cost.  Let’s talk about the issue of  the week!

Here are some other countries that have adopted net neutrality or policies that are similar.

 

SIMPLE SOURCE NOTE: The European Union is an international organization comprising 28 European countries.  The organization governs common economic, social, and security policies.

Source: 9

Join us tomorrow for find out how you can do something regarding Net Neutrality on Take Action Thursday!

Looking to catch up?  Click the links below!

 

Sources:

1: Poushter, Jacob. Smartphone Ownership and Internet Usage Continues to Climb in Emerging Economies.22 Feb. 2016. Pew Research Center, www.pewglobal.org/2016/02/22/internet-access-growing-worldwide-but-remains-higher-in-advanced-economies/. Accessed 23 May2017.

2: Belson, David, editor. Alamai’s State of the Internet Report – Q4 2016 report. 2017. Akamaicontent.akamai.com/pg8228-q4-2016-soti-connectivity-report.html. Accessed 23 May 2017.

3: Geoghegan, Tom. “Why is broadband more expensive in the US?” BBC News, 28 Oct. 2013, www.bbc.com/news/magazine-24528383. Accessed 23 May 2017.

4: “EU’s net neutrality guidelines get published.” BBC News, 30 Aug. 2016, www.bbc.com/news/37225094. Accessed 23 May 2017.

5: Lehman, Stan. “Brazil Enacts Internet ‘Bill of Rights’.” Gainesville Sun, 23 Apr, 2014, SIRS Issues Researcher, https://sks.sirs.com.

6: Walker, Lauren. “How is Net Neutrality Working for the Countries that have it?” Newsweek, 10 Sept. 2014, www.newsweek.com/how-net-neutrality-working-countries-have-it-269632. Accessed 23 May 2017.

7:Goel, Vindu, and Mike Isaac. “Facebook Loses Web Access Battle in India.” International New York Times, 10 Feb, 2016, pp. 12, SIRS Issues Researcher, https://sks.sirs.com.

8:Goel, Vindu, and Mike Isaac. “Facebook Loses Web Access Battle in India.” International New York Times, 10 Feb, 2016, pp. 12, SIRS Issues Researcher, https://sks.sirs.com.

9: Gabel, Matthew J. “European Union (EU).” Encyclopedia Britannica, Encyclopædia Britannica, inc., www.britannica.com/topic/European-Union. Accessed 23 May 2017.