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Some Neutral Perspectives on “Net Neutrality”

By Mark Vorder-Bruegge

In less than thirty years, the Internet has evolved from a small consortium of military and educational research offices into a world-wide public system for communication, information-sharing, and business with millions of content providers such as Netflix and CBS News, thousands of connection service providers (ISPs) such as Comcast and AT&T, and billions of business and consumer customers, including you and me.

Net NeutralityThe phrases Net Neutrality and Open Internet are public policy labels used by the U.S. government to focus on some specific business practices applied to content providers by connection service providers (ISPs).

Earlier this year, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) announced that it had greatly advanced the federal government’s Net Neutrality policy by adopting new regulations regarding telecommunication and information services.  These new regulations essentially control the ability of ISPs to apply variable pricing to content providers based upon the size and speed of the data flows they stream into the Internet for ultimate delivery to the ISPs’ business and consumer customers. As a simple example, if the movies and Continue reading