What Is Net Neutrality?

by William White | May 13, 2014 1:11 pm

What Is Net Neutrality?

With the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) preparing to vote on net neutrality on Thursday[1], it’s a good idea to know what it is.

NetGear What Is Net Neutrality?[2]
Source: NetGear

The idea behind net neutrality is that all websites on the world wide web should be treated the same. It means that internet service providers (ISP) shouldn’t be able to choose where internet users can go or favor certain websites over others. Without net neutrality, websites will be able to pay ISPs for faster connections an uninterrupted service, reports The Wall Street Journal.

Tom Wheeler, the Chairman of the FCC, is pushing for a ban on allowing websites to have faster connections by paying ISPs. However, his current draft of net neutrality leaves room open for some deals that will be monitored by the FCC. Wheeler is currently revising his proposal and is excepted to release the new version later today, USA Today[3] notes.

Several[4] petitions[5] in support of net neutrality have been created on Cahnge.org. A peition in support of net neutraility has also been started on Whitehouse.gov[6]. This petition currently has over 65,000 signatures. The petition needs 100,000 signatures by May 24 to get a response from the White House.

More on the Net Neutrality Debate

Endnotes:
  1. vote on net neutrality on Thursday: http://online.wsj.com/news/articles/SB10001424052702304536104579558283544902324
  2. [Image]: http://investorplace.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/04/NetGear.jpg
  3. USA Today: http://www.usatoday.com/story/money/business/2014/05/12/internet-fast-lane-revision/8994875/
  4. Several: https://www.change.org/petitions/tom-wheeler-save-net-neutrality
  5. petitions: http://www.change.org/petitions/preserve-net-neutrality
  6. Whitehouse.gov: https://petitions.whitehouse.gov/petition/maintain-true-net-neutrality-protect-freedom-information-united-states/9sxxdBgy
  7. Net Neutrality: 3 Things to Know About Proposed Internet ‘Fast Lane’: http://investorplace.com/2014/04/net-neutrality-internet-fast-lane/

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