NET NEUTRALITY

It preserves our right to communicate freely online. It means that Internet service providers should provide us with open networks. 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.

Net Neutrality is crucial for small business owners, startups and entrepreneurs, who rely on the open Internet to launch their businesses, create a market, advertise their products and services, and distribute products to customers.

That’s a principle known as “net neutrality” — and it says that an entrepreneur’s fledgling company should have the same chance to succeed as established corporations, and that access to a high school student’s blog shouldn’t be unfairly slowed down to make way for advertisers with more money.

These are only a few of articles from The Guardian since Dec 2014 regarding Net Neutrality:

  • From net neutrality to copyright: media law trends for 2015

  • BlackBerry boss: net neutrality means devs should have to make BB apps

  • Net neutrality battle pitches activists and FCC against Big Cable and GOP

  • FCC’s net neutrality proposal to treat high-speed internet like public utility

  • ‘Awe-inspiring’ FCC internet protections could alter landscape for net neutrality

  • Republican senator criticises ‘terrible’ FCC plans to regulate web

  • Cord cutters on net neutrality: ‘It would be the end of wild wild west of the internet’

  • Net neutrality: Republicans to strike back against Obama’s ‘internet grab’

  • Net neutrality: FCC approves plan to govern internet like public utility – as it happened

  • Net neutrality activists celebrate internet victory with grumpy cat parade

  • Critics attack FCC as it releases new rules to protect net neutrality

  • FCC’s net neutrality rules challenged in lobbyist lawsuit

Reading through these articles made it clear just how important this issue is and the effect it is having globally with characters as influential as Obama getting involved.


 

 

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