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The fuss over “net neutrality”

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“Net neutrality.”

You’ve probably heard the phrase a few times over the past few weeks in the run-up to proposed new rules relating to the concept of an open Internet released today by the Federal Communications Commission.

Simply defined (per this must-read from the Harvard Business Review), “net neutrality” is “the principle that broadband Internet service providers can’t discriminate among the content that runs through their pipes.”

If you’ve turned a deaf ear to the words, or your eyes have glazed over while attempting to learn more, though, this video from the New York Times gives you a quick primer on what’s at issue, and why you’ll soon care.

Bottom line, says the Times’ David Carr:

Nobody wants to look behind their television, look behind their computer, to see what’s going on there. But where they really get interested in actual life is when that stuff stops working. Then they want to know ‘Who made this happen?’

 

 

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