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What is Net Neutrality?

“The idea is that a maximally useful public information network aspires to treat all content, sites, and platforms equally.”


  • The FCC (vote was 3-2 for net neutrality regulations. These new regulations do not allow companies to purchase faster access to consumers through “fast lanes”. This law was voted on February 26, 2015. With this vote the FCC received big praise from President Obama.


  • Consumers are concerned that the new net neutrality regulations will raise yearly bills by $84. The big telecommunication and cellular companies are opposed for the simple reason that they are losing the fast access to consumers that they use to have.


  • The main point of passing this net neutrality law so that Internet access will be regulated like a public utility. These regulations will also apply to wireless networks that power cell phones as well as the broadband connections. Network neutrality is the idea that Internet service providers (ISPs) should treat all Internet traffic equally.


  • “Today’s FCC decision will protect innovation and create a level playing field for the next generation of entrepreneurs — and it wouldn’t have happened without Americans like you,” Obama


  • The FCC sees it as there being a referee for the internet.

“Internet providers such as Comcast and Verizon from slowing or blocking Web traffic or from creating Internet fast lanes that content providers such as Netflix must pay for.”

  • Ajit Pai, said “the new rules are unpredictable. That could make Internet providers less willing to come up with new services.” Which is a huge negative for the internet. You could also see huge lawsuits in the future.


  • “Too important to let broadband providers be the ones making the rules” by Mr. Wheeler


  • Net Neutrality: The principle that Internet services should enable access to all the content and applications regardless of the source, and without favoring or blocking particular products or websites.
  • “Net Neutrality is the Internet’s guiding principle: It preserves our right to communicate freely online. This is the definition of an open internet.”


  • A plan was released that was going to allow companies to “discriminate online and create pay-to-play fast lanes.” In response to this, millions freaked out about the plan causing them to shelf in it and give Internet users the strongest protections possible. According to an article on Free Press, FCC approved Wheeler’s proposal on Feb. 26, 2015. [
  • What you need to know about the new FCC’s new net neutrality proposal. 


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