What is net neutrality?
Why does it matter?
Net neutrality is the principle that Internet providers like Comcast & Verizon should not control what we see and do online. In 2015, startups, Internet freedom groups, and 3.7 million commenters won strong net neutrality rules from the US Federal Communication Commission (FCC). The rules prohibit Internet providers from blocking, throttling, and paid prioritization—”fast lanes” for sites that pay, and slow lanes for everyone else.
The United States FCC (Federal COmmunications Commision) is directed by five commissioners appointed by the President of the USA; they are confirmed by the Senate for 5-year terms. No more than three members may belong to the same political party.
The two Democrats, Mignon Clyburn (D-SC) and Jessica Rosenworcel (D-CT), support Net Neutrality.
The three Republicans, Ajit Pai (R-KS, Chairman, appointed by Trump), Brendan Carr (R-VA) and Michael O’Rielly (R-NY)—want to end it.
- Ars Technica: Ajit Pai offers no data for latest claim that net neutrality hurt small ISPs
- Business Insider: The FCC plans to repeal net neutrality this week — and it could ruin the internet
- Forbes: When the FCC Kills Net Neutrality, Here’s What Your Internet Could Look Like
- Global News (CA): Why Canadians should care about internet changes in the U.S.
- The New York Times: Net Neutrality’s Holes in Europe May Offer Peek at Future in U.S.
- Wired: How the FCC’s Net Neutrality Plan Breaks with 50 Years of History