Net neutrality is back in the news, as Ajit Pai—a noted net neutrality opponent—takes the reins of the Federal Communications Commission (FCC). Here’s a brief explanation of what net neutrality is, and what the debate over it is all about.
1. IT’S NOT A LAW; IT’S A PRINCIPLE
Net neutrality is a principle in the same way that “freedom of speech” is. We have laws that enforce net neutrality (as we do for freedom of speech), but it’s important to understand that it is a concept rather than a specific law.
2. IT’S ABOUT REGULATING ACCESS TO THE INTERNET
Fundamentally, net neutrality is the principle that Internet Service Providers (ISPs) should not be allowed to prioritize one kind of data traffic over another. This also means they cannot block services…