Net Neutrality is a very important concept for anyone using the Internet or web-based services like VoIP phone service. Net Neutrality basically refers to the principle of letting users have equal access to any website or web service they want. Right now, companies like Verizon and AT&T, which own significant portions of the Internet network infrastructure, have been heavily lobbying Congress not to put Net Neutrality into law.
Verizon and AT&T and other similar companies want sites like Google, Yahoo, and Ebay to pay additional fees for providing so called “fast lanes” to users. What’s the problem with this? Consumers already pay for Internet access whether it’s dial-up, DSL, Cable, etc. On other end, companies who run websites also pay for network connectivity for their websites. And now the Internet backbone providers want MORE money?
This video is pretty informative:
What happens when there is no Net Neutrality? Internet Service Providers can control what you have access to on the web. ISPs can in effect, extort companies into paying them additional fees for connectivity to consumers and end users. ISPs will be able to promote their own services, ie. slow down your connection to Google so you’ll use the ISP’s search engine. A recent Net Neutrality measure in a Congressional sub-committee was rejected and is quickly turning into a partisan issue. Way to go Republicans! Way to serve the public good and not cater to corporate interests!