Net Neutrality in a Nutshell

11 May 2011 Publication
Authors: Peter Vogel

E-Commerce Times

Net neutrality proponents make the case for the freedom of the Internet. That freedom has allowed startups such as Google, Facebook, Myspace and Groupon to flourish, since there have been no Internet access barriers to entry. Overall, the proponents fear that without Net neutrality, the larger ISPs will control which companies succeed or fail as the Internet continues to evolve.

No doubt you’ve heard the term “Net neutrality.” Proponents and opponents have much to say on this topic. However, many Internet users don’t even know what it means, or how it will affect them.

What is Net neutrality?
“Net neutrality” is short for “network neutrality” or “Internet neutrality.” The concept addresses user access to the Internet, and the debate around Net neutrality centers on whether ISPs (Internet service providers) can limit, tier, block or otherwise affect Internet performance.

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