by Joseph L. Flatley, Who What Why:
The buzz on the Federal Communications Commission’s decision to keep the Internet free and open is that it’s a historic victory over big business, created for the people and by the people.
This week, the government regulator surprised cynics by voting 3-2, along party lines, to ensure “net neutrality.” That’s the principle that Internet service providers should treat all content and applications equally, regardless of the source. Everyone from comedian John Oliver to President Barack Obama has pointed out that it’s the core of a free and open Internet.
What the FCC did is give itself the legal authority to stop major telecom companies like Verizon and Comcast from slowing down service, blocking legal content and apps, or providing paid “fast lanes” that discriminate against those who can’t afford them.
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