Why All the Hype Over Net Neutrality? - Slide 2

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Net neutrality is the principle that the Internet should be open and as accessible to the individual who creates his own content or application as it is to the deep-pocketed companies that create content and applications for distribution. The IT Business Edge Knowledge Network definition reads, in part: 

Net neutrality refers to the general belief that on the Internet, there should be no restrictions placed on content that is viewed by users or on the applications, equipment, or platforms they use to view it. The basic idea behind the principle is that telecommunications companies must treat all Internet traffic equally.

When the FCC first announced its proposed net neutrality rules, the agency received one letter after another explaining either why net neutrality was a must for the U.S. or why it would destroy innovation and investment in the Internet. Even President Obama weighed in on the matter.

But why should you care what the politicians finally decide? The final decision will determine what role the Internet plays in the evolution of business and technology and who has control of that process in the long run.

In this slideshow, Lora Bentley draws the answers to basic questions on net neutrality from IT Business Edge coverage of the issues.

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