Consumer Reports: What is Net Neutrality?

Consumer Reports: What is Net Neutrality?

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2844048090_39721f628d The folks at Consumer Reports provide some of the most trustworthy
reporting anywhere, doing lots of fact checking, with the highest
degree of integrity humans can exhibit. (yes, I've said that before,
and will repeat.)

Well, they explain Net Neutrality better than I ever could:

Network neutrality is a fancy way of saying the networks that
deliver the Internet should treat all content, sites, and applications
equally and shouldn’t discriminate against certain traffic based on its
source, destination or message. The basic idea is the Internet should
be open so consumers have unrestricted access to lawful Web sites and
online businesses can compete freely.

Some Internet service providers want to give preferential treatment
to certain network traffic –for example, their own content or that of
those willing to pay extra fees. Without network neutrality Internet
service providers could block or slow down traffic to any Web sites or
services they choose. Services, such as making free or cheap phone
calls over the Internet, or streaming video, could be blocked. So could
the sharing of lawful media content or access to certain political
content.

Even Senator John McCain was for Net Neutrality, before he was against it.

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