February 26, 2015

LIBERTY AT LIGHTSPEED:

The New Net-Neutrality Policy, in Three Simple Phrases (TIM FERNHOLZ, FEB 26 2015, The Atlantic)
 
No Blocking

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.

No Throttling

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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