Net Neutrality: An Open Internet

Net Neutrality: An Open Internet

After a long and controversial nationwide debate in the U.S., the Federal Communications Commission ruled on February 26, 2015 in favor of "net neutrality"—also known as an open Internet. The concept of a "neutral" or "open" Internet stems from the idea that Internet networks must provide equal and fair access to all content creators, and goes against the idea that certain content creators or Internet Service Providers (ISP) should be given preferential treatment. Because the ruling was in favor of a neutral Internet, this means that ISPs, who mostly consist of large cable companies, aren't allowed to charge certain content creators more money in order to gain access to faster Internet.

The move has been hailed as historic and just by online activists and proponents of net neutrality, yet others are less convinced. Check out this playlist to learn more about the complex politics of the Internet, and decide for yourself.

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