Network neutrality

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Network neutrality — also called "net neutrality" — is, according to the Coalition,

"the guiding principle that preserves the free and open Internet. Net neutrality ensures that all users can access the content or run the applications and devices of their choice. With net neutrality, the network’s only job is to move data — not choose which data to privilege with higher quality service. Net neutrality is the reason why the Internet has driven innovation and economic growth. It’s why the Internet has become an unrivaled environment for open communications, civic involvement and free speech. But there’s currently no law on the books protecting net neutrality. If Congress doesn’t take action now, the future of the Internet is at risk." [1]


In a October 19, 2007 AP article, Peter Svensson outlines some of the history:

The "Net Neutrality" debate erupted in 2005, when AT&T Inc. suggested it would like to charge some Web companies more for preferential treatment of their traffic. Consumer advocates and Web heavyweights like Google Inc. and Amazon Inc. cried foul, saying it's a bedrock principle of the Internet that all traffic be treated equally.[1]

While AT&T and other companies have backed off on their desire to charge more for some customers, the practise of controlling Internet content, known as "traffic shaping" has begun to appear in other forms. Associated press reports Internet providers such as Comcast have begun actively blocking some forms of file sharing.[2]

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  1. Save the Internet Questions, organizational website, accessed September 9, 2011