Have You Heard of Net Neutrality?

3 Sep

Do you think you should be limited where you can travel on the Internet? Recently this ability to freely surf is being challenged. So what does this mean? Wikipedia’s definition of Net Neutrality is “the principle that Internet service providers should enable access to all content and applications regardless of the source, and without favoring or blocking particular products or websites.”

The common analogy I think of is turning the Internet into a cable network. You pay for the basic Internet channels like Amazon or Facebook but if you want to go to the Disney website, you will have to pay extra.

Without Net Neutrality, cable and phone companies could carve the internet into fast and slow lanes. An ISP could slow down its competitors’ content or block political opinions it disagreed with. ISPs could charge extra fees to the few content companies that could afford to pay for preferential treatment — relegating everyone else to a slower tier of service.

Net Neutrality has been considered the internet’s guiding principle: It preserves the right to communicate freely online. Recently Apple joined the cause.

Here’s a site that’s leading the cause.

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