Now that the United States FCC has ruled in favor of Internet Neutrality, here is a simple explanation of what this means for netizens. Do not believe the propaganda of many extremists and lobbyists who are claiming this ruling constitutes a takeover of the Internet - it is exactly the opposite!
Similarly, if you are outside of the United States, the ruling still applies because a huge amount of Internet traffic flows through US carries and providers. Also some countries do not have high-speed and access limitation because certain governments allow carries to limit speed and availability. We all should do our part to make this and simple access a reality for all!
The New Net-Neutrality Policy, in Three Simple Phrases
What America's historic ruling means in plain English
Tim FernholzFeb 26 2015, 3:26 PM ET
Pablo Martinez Monsivais/AP
The U.S. Federal Communications Commission just adopted strict net-neutrality rules that will treat the Internet like a public utility. What’s in the new regulations? There are three major principles that Internet-service providers—like Comcast, AT&T, Time Warner Cable, and Verizon—have to follow when sending data from their networks to your computer:
Internet providers can’t prevent you from accessing “legal content, applications, services, or non-harmful devices” when you’re on the Internet. This is intended to prevent censorship and discrimination of specific sites or services. Some open-Internet advocates worry the phrase “legal content” will create a loophole that might let Internet providers block stuff they see as questionable on copyright grounds without a fair hearing.
Internet providers can’t deliberately slow down data from applications or sites on the Internet. That means, for instance, that a broadband company has to let all traffic flow equally, regardless of whether it’s coming from a competitor or a streaming video service like Netflix that uses a lot of data.
No Paid Prioritization
Internet providers can’t charge content providers extra to bring their data to you faster. That means no Internet “fast lanes,” because regulators fear they will lead to degraded service for anyone not willing to pay more.
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