Net Neutrality

Updated: 06/16/2017 by Computer Hope

network neutralityAlternatively referred to as Internet neutrality and network neutrality, net neutrality is a term coined by Tim Wu and a principle that mandates ISP's and telecommunication companies not tamper with Internet data. This act ensures all websites and content get the same service, speed, and quality.

Many people believe removing net neutrality would devastate the Internet as it would allow big companies to pay major Internet Service Providers (e.g. AT&T, Comcast, Verizon, and others) to give them bandwidth priority. In a sense, making Internet Service Providers the gatekeepers of the Internet, selling speed to the highest bidder and causing other sites' content to load slower.

Others argue that this action is needed because the stress on major Internet backbones with the popularity of Internet videos and file sharing like YouTube and Netflix.

Additional resources

  • Save the Internet is a great website that contains extensive information about Network neutrality, as well as methods you can use to petition Congress to help protect it.

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