Why All the Hype Over Net Neutrality? - Slide 5

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Under the Google-Verizon plan, service providers would not be able to block or slow down Internet traffic that uses more bandwidth, but they would be able to give priority to content providers who paid for it. Indirectly, the increase in fees would trickle down to the customers, thus resulting in the same tiered pricing structure that open Internet advocates want to avoid.

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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