Released: December 14, 2017
Net neutrality keeps the Web from running like an airport security line
Source: Geoffrey Fowler, Washington Post (Paid Registration)
Net neutrality is on the chopping block Thursday with a vote by the Federal Communications Commission to undo 2015 rules prohibiting Internet providers from blocking or slowing particular websites. A new survey by the University of Maryland shows 83 percent of Americans—including 75 percent of Republicans—support keeping the existing rules after being presented detailed arguments on both sides.
Without the neutrality rules, Internet providers could set up their own fast lanes—meaning certain websites could buy first-class treatment, while others are stuck in cattle class. Providers could sell Internet service in packages, like cable-TV bundles. Service providers would also have the right to set up their own no-fly lists, blocking certain websites that they don’t like or compete with their own business.
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