December 20, 2018 Feature

The Rise and Fall of Net Neutrality

By Josh Burday

Net neutrality is the principle that Internet service providers (ISPs) must treat all information transmitted over the Internet equally. It prevents ISPs from discriminating based on the user, the content, or anything else such as the origin or destination of the content. When net neutrality is enforced, ISPs are not allowed to slow down the connection to or charge extra money for visiting certain websites. They also may not block certain websites or content entirely. This principle has also been described as the “end-to-end” principle. In other words, it is the users at each end of the network in question that decide what the network is used for, not the network operator. Typically, net neutrality also means that ISPs can only charge users once for Internet access.

Would phone service be better if companies could decide who we call and what we talk about when we do?

Would phone service be better if companies could decide who we call and what we talk about when we do?

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