Tuesday, June 17, 2008
Flow of Information
Network neutrality is the principle that information sent and received on the internet should not be discriminated against, regardless of its type, source, or ownership. Network neutrality legislation would prevent telecommunications giants such as Comcast and AT&T from being able to “tier” internet traffic, deciding what information is transmitted swiftly, and what isn’t. Without it, these corporations have the potential to charge fees for the unimpeded flow of that information, or, worse still, influence the load times of competitors’ websites, search engines, internet services, and more. Each time we log onto the internet, we assume that we’ll be able to read the news, to communicate with our friends and associates and to download entertainment, all without interference. Net neutrality allows internet data and information to continue to flow unimpeded, making these assumptions possible.