Net neutrality is the principle that Internet service providers and governments regulating the Internet should treat all data on the Internet the same, not discriminating or charging differentially by user, content, website, platform, application, type of attached equipment, or mode of communication. The term was coined by Columbia University media law professor Tim Wu in 2003, as an extension of the longstanding concept of a common carrier, which was used to describe the role of telephone systems Wikipedia
The Internet as we know it today is quite a nice place. Everyone can open a website, create a facebook page, sell a digital product and share his opinion without getting into trouble. It’s true that it’s censored but why is that bad? Would you like to go to your facebook account sing in and see child porn and weapons ads on the sidebar?
Net neutrality is an equilibrium of all the opinions of involved people and so what you see when you open your browser is the result of two conflicting parties. The people and the businesses that offer the service. You can surf the Internet and see pictures of kittens while having adds in the same time.
UNDERSTANDING NET NEUTRALITY
From 6 – 17 July 2015, more than 100 graduate students convened at the Palais des Nations in Geneva for the 53rd annual Graduate Study Programme. The programme, hosted by the UNOG Information Service, provides an immersive experience looking into the inner workings of the United Nations, including its various agencies, funds and programmes, across key thematic areas. Students are divided into working groups, each coordinated by a different UN Agency. This year’s participating included ITU, UNCTAD, UNDP, UNOG and WMO.
After a group discussion, the ITU Working Group chose to explore net neutrality and produced a video to raise awareness about the complexity of the debate. This article is based on the video script which was written by the students in the ITU Working Group.
Net neutrality is usually referred to as the equal…Read more…
Now, this is very important because without these rules a company could pay extra money to an ISP to slow down it’s competitors website or show it’s ads much less and to an uninterested public. There were many manifestations in and outside the US where thousands of people went outside and spoke for the Internet we know Today.
Net Neutrality: What You Need to Know Now
In May 2014, FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler released a plan that would have allowed companies like AT&T, Comcast and Verizon to discriminate online and create pay-to-play fast lanes.
Millions of you spoke out — and fought back.
Thanks to the huge public and political outcry, Wheeler shelved his original proposal, and on Feb. 4, 2015, he announced that he would base new Net Neutrality rules on Title II of the Communications Act, giving Internet users the strongest protections possible.
The FCC approved Wheeler’s proposal on Feb. 26, 2015. This is a watershed victory for activists who have fought for a decade to protect the open Internet.
However, now that the FCC’s Net Neutrality rules are out in the world, opponents are doing everything they can to undermine the open Internet.
What is Net Neutrality?Net Neutrality is the Internet’s guiding principle: It preserves our right to communicate freely online. This is the definition of an open Internet.Net Neutrality means an Internet that enables and protects free speech. It means that Internet service providers should provide us with open networks — and should not block or discriminate against any applications or content that ride over those networks. Just as your phone company shouldn’t decide who you can call and what you say on that call, your ISP shouldn’t be concerned with the content you view or post online. Read more…