Dialogue on net neutrality hits campuses

Stefanie Botelho's picture
Thursday, July 3, 2014

As the net neutrality debate resides in its gestation period-open to public comment, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) is configuring a new set of rules for the fate of our free-flowing information medium if you will.

In brief, net neutrality is the idea that all data on the Internet should be treated equally no matter who is providing it. This means that Internet Service Providers (ISP’s) are not allowed to block or discriminate against the content that flows through their networks.

In January, Verizon challenged the FCC into labeling the Internet as an ‘information service,’ as opposed to a ‘telecommunications service,’ implying that the Internet needs to be closely regulated.

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