Net Neutrality & You

Aug 10, 2010

Have you been hearing references to "Net Neutrality" and wondering what the heck it means, and how it affects you? Well, you're not the only one. Here's one easy to understand take on it:

Net neutrality is about preventing high-speed Internet providers from discriminating against certain sorts of providers or users of their network. For a hundred years, we've treated communications providers like sidewalks. The sidewalks can't choose between different walkers and have them travel at different speeds. - Alan Greenblatt

It's a complicated issue, but Google and Verizon have reached an agreement on what it means to them, and by default, to all of us who use Google. In a conference call and statement on the Google Public Policy Blog the companies laid out their "suggested legislative framework for consideration by lawmakers." You can read the whole thing here and decide for yourself.