Why All the Hype Over Net Neutrality? - Slide 4

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Apparently not – at least not that either side is willing to make. The FCC has tried at least twice to get all the stakeholders together and come up with a compromise but those efforts have failed. Then Google and Verizon got together on their own to come up with a plan, but it obviously favors the service providers over the net neutrality advocates, so that plan has stalled out, too. However, the FCC has recently asked for more public comment on two elements of the Google-Verizon plan, so some portion of it may become reality.

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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