Pros and cons of net neutrality clearly laid out
September 1, 2008 | By Peter Bihr |
Net neutrality is the principle that says all information flowing across the Internet should be treated equally. But with more people streaming data-rich video and playing online games, the Internet faces congestion concerns. Should carriers be able to sell multi-tiered access to heavy users? Should sites that generate massive traffic — like Google and Yahoo! — pay extra fees? The U.S. Government is examining Net Neutrality and its financial, legal and social implications. Do we need federal intervention to ensure fairness, or is this an issue for the market to work out?
Since net neutrality is of those topics that are very rich, complex and to some degree opaque, this is a great way to get an overview.