Net Neutrality

Sat, Mar 14, 2015

General Legal Issues

 Some rights reserved by lizzardoAccording to Wikipedia, Net neutrality (also network neutrality, Internet neutrality, or net equality) 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, or mode of communication.”

Examples of discrimination could be because of the IP address or perhaps protocols for certain sites and networks and not others.

In 2010 the FCC issued an order that was supposed to create an open field for everyone where sites could not be blocked, etc. However, this was challenged in 2014. According to the FCC, “The court upheld the transparency rule, but vacated the no-blocking and no-unreasonable-discrimination rules. The court also invited the FCC to act to preserve a free and open Internet.”

An article on has a timeline of events leading up to the most recent happening on February 26, 2015. This is when broadband was reclassified as a utility and an open internet gained further support. The FCC also issued a press release on the matter that can be found here.

These decisions are, of course, controversial to many groups, including those concerned about religion, politics, trade, security, and personal beliefs.

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