- Do you know what Net Neutrality is and how it can impact you?
- Do you know about the sides that are being drawn over this issue?
If not, then read below to learn more…
What is Net Neutrality?
“Net neutrality (also network neutrality or Internet neutrality) is the principle that Internet service providers and governments should treat all data on the Internet equally, not discriminating or charging differentially by user, content, site, platform, application, type of attached equipment, and modes of communication. The term was coined by Columbia media law professor Tim Wu in 2003 as an extension of the longstanding concept of a common carrier. Proponents often see net neutrality as an important component of an open internet, where policies such as equal treatment of data and open web standards allow those on the internet to easily communicate and conduct business without interference from a third party. A ‘closed internet’ refers to the opposite situation, in which established corporations or governments favor certain uses. A closed internet may have restricted access to necessary web standards, artificially degrade some services, or explicitly filter out content.”
The Battle Lines That Are Being Drawn over This Issue
FROM RESPONSE MAGAZINE:
“WASHINGTON – The boxing ring featuring a fight over newly suggested Federal Communications Commission (FCC) net neutrality rules is getting crowded. In one corner, several U.S. Senators, Google, Amazon and even a member of the FCC have gathered during the past few days to call on the agency’s chairman, Tom Wheeler, to delay implementing the recently tweaked rules. In the other corner: telecommunications giants AT&T and Comcast.”
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