By Jody Alyn
Until a couple of weeks ago, Internet Service Providers (ISPs) like Verizon and Comcast had to treat all content on the Internet equally. That means, if your niece wanted to post a home video of her cat on the family website and if a Super Bowl sponsor wanted to preview its new commercial on YouTube, the ISPs couldn’t discriminate.
Internet Neutrality is Dead
Internet neutrality is dead and too few people even know what that is. How could they? Those who benefit from its demise would have to tell them.
Internet neutrality “is everything we know and love about the way the Internet has always worked,” said Shana Heinricy of the Media Literacy Project (MLP) in Albuquerque, NM.
On January 14, 2014, a U.S. Federal Appeals Court killed it.
The problem seems to have started in 2002 when the FCC used the wrong words and classified cable broadband as an “information service” rather than a “common carrier.” What this means, according to MLP staffer, Alanna Offield, is that “the Internet isn’t classified as a platform for free speech.”