Net Neutrality is the concept of all internet traffic being treated equally. The idea that Internet service providers and governments should treat all data on the Internet the same, not discriminating or charging differently by user, applications or content that ride over those networks. The term was coined by Columbia University media law professor Tim Wu in 2003.
Without rules in place Internet Service Providers (ISP) could limit what you are allowed to see on the internet, charge different rates based on the data you have access to and control or limit your speed based on payment. Basically, without rules in place we would all be at the will of the profit of the ISP’s.
Since January 2014, when a circuit court overturned some rules, there have been no rules in place to prevent ISP’s from blocking content. During the past year the FCC introduced rules for net neutrality…but they were not ideal. There have been two rounds of public comments prompting millions to comment and the President to get involved.
The FCC will vote on a proposal late in February of this year. The internet has become such an important part of all our lives and should be open and available to us all. Freedom of access and speech are important to us all so we all need to watch this closely. If you hear the term ‘net neutrality’, pay attention and get involved.
Below I’ve listed some links to read further. I’m not endorsing any of these, simply listing here as a starter to get everyone reading and educating.