Gimmie YouTube! What Net neutrality means for you

Internet fightBy David Goldman – The Federal Communications Commission on Tuesday voted three-to-two to adopt so-called “Net neutrality” rules, giving the agency regulatory power to protect the free flow of information over the Internet.

Broadly speaking, Net neutrality means that all content on the Internet must be treated equally. That means that Internet providers like Comcast (CMCSA, Fortune 500) and Time Warner Cable (TWC, Fortune 500) can’t deliver (AMZN, Fortune 500) faster than eBay (EBAY, Fortune 500), and can’t simply block access to sites like Netflix (NFLX) and Hulu.

In other words: Net neutrality means maintaining the status quo of how people use the Internet today. So if the FCC wants nothing to change, why does it think the Internet needs stricter regulation? more>



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