This is a repost of a blog I wrote about Net Neutrality back in February of 2008 during the Presidential campagn. There seems to be a lot of false information about Net Neutrality. (What else is new?) I first learned about Net Neutrality 3 years ago when I did research about Craig Newmark founder of Craigslist after he left a comment on my blog.
Net Neutrality - Where the Presidential Candidates Stand (original post)
What is Network Neutrality?
Network Neutrality - is the guiding principle that preserves the free and open Internet.
Net Neutrality means no discrimination. Net Neutrality prevents Internet providers from speeding up or slowing down Web content based on its source, ownership or destination.
Net Neutrality is the reason why the Internet has driven economic innovation, democratic participation, and free speech online. It protects the consumer's right to use any equipment, content, application or service on a non-discriminatory basis without interference from the network provider. With Net Neutrality, the network's only job is to move data -- not choose which data to privilege with higher quality service.
Learn more in Net Neutrality 101.
Who wants to get rid of Net Neutrality?
The nation's largest telephone and cable companies -- including AT&T, Verizon, Comcast and Time Warner -- want to be Internet gatekeepers, deciding which Web sites go fast or slow and which won't load at all.
They want to tax content providers to guarantee speedy delivery of their data. They want to discriminate in favor of their own search engines, Internet phone services, and streaming video -- while slowing down or blocking their competitors.
Instead of an even playing field, telco's and cable companies want to reserve express lanes for their own content and services -- or those from big corporations that can afford the steep tolls -- and leave the rest of us bloggers on a winding dirt road.
The big phone and cable companies are spending hundreds of millions of dollars lobbying Congress and the Federal Communications Commission to gut Net Neutrality, putting the future of the Internet at risk.
Below Ted Stevens (R) from Alaska & Head of The Senate Commerce Committee (at the time) explains how the internet works on the Jon Stewart Show.