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5 Perspectives on Net Neutrality

The idea behind internet neutrality is that broadband service providers should not be able to give preferential speeds to their own services or those of companies that pay an increased service fee.

Imagine trying to watch your favorite program on a streaming service, but the quality or speed is reduced because the company behind the service chose to keep their rate low, so had to decline to pay a premium fee to your broadband provider.

I am not going to try to sort through and reinterpret the issue, instead I have sought out a variety of perspectives posted recently and have collected them here for you to start your own investigation into the latest issues surrounding net neutrality.

(Note: I have included brief snippets from each article so you will have a sense of what you are going to be reading, but the snippets may not accurately represent the article as a whole.)

C|net
The net neutrality fight isn’t over. Here’s what you need to know
“Many people agree with the basic principle of net neutrality – the idea that all traffic on the internet should be treated equally – but plans for realizing that uncontroversial concept have been a lightning rod for conflict.”

Gizmodo
Why Democrats Didn’t Campaign More on Net Neutrality
“…polling consistently shows that most Americans favor reining in the control providers such as AT&T and Comcast have over the delivery of online services.”

Entrepreneur
Supreme Court Declines to Hear Net
“The Supreme Court yesterday declined to hear a case that challenged a lower court’s decision to uphold the FCC’s 2015 net neutrality order.”

The Christian Science Monitor
How ‘net neutrality’ became a political rallying point
“Net neutrality traces back to an engineering maxim called the “end-to-end principle,” a self-regulating network that put control in the hands of end users rather than a central authority.”

NPR
Supreme Court Won’t Review Decision That OK’d Obama-Era Net Neutrality Rules
“The Supreme Court has rejected telecom companies’ attempts to quash a lower court’s decision that upheld net neutrality rules set during the Obama administration. AT&T and other telecoms had asked the high court to void the ruling; the Federal Communications Commission repealed net neutrality last year.”

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And how about we add in one more link here and let the FCC speak for itself on the subject of net neutrality?

FCC
Restoring Internet Freedom
“It replaces unnecessary, heavy-handed regulations that were developed way back in 1934 with strong consumer protections, increased transparency, and common-sense rules that will promote investment and broadband deployment.”

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