Internet Neutrality: Will This Important Issue Cause The Death Of The Internet?


Some have called the premise of net neutrality the possible death of the internet. Network neutrality is a complex issue one I understand but is difficult to explain, and there’s been no better explanation I’ve read so far than that of Google’s:

“Network neutrality is the principle that Internet users should be in control of what content they view and what applications they use on the Internet. The Internet has operated according to this neutrality principle since its earliest days. Indeed, it is this neutrality that has allowed many companies, including Google, to launch, grow, and innovate. Fundamentally, net neutrality is about equal access to the Internet. In our view, the broadband carriers should not be permitted to use their market power to discriminate against competing applications or content.

Just as telephone companies are not permitted to tell consumers who they can call or what they can say, broadband carriers should not be allowed to use their market power to control activity online. Today, the neutrality of the Internet is at stake as the broadband carriers want Congress’s permission to determine what content gets to you first and fastest. Put simply, this would fundamentally alter the openness of the Internet.” Source: http://www.google.com/help/netneutrality.html

It has been a much talked about issue in the US and Canadian governments over the last year or so and has even reared its ugly head in our own governmental dealings here in Australia.

Obviously internet neutrality is a growing concern and I really do hope many governments including our own realise the importance of keeping the internet freely accessible to everyone who wants to access it, not just to those who can afford to pay millions of dollars for it!

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