Can we dumb down what net neutrality means?

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We all hear a lot about it but most definitions are over the common users head. Some think it may be good in helping them get what they want without having to pay for. In some cases that won't help the guy paying $50mo for 25meg service where the next town over, with another carrier his friend gets 60meg service for $29mo. Can us as IT professionals provide the good, the bad and the ugly of what's being talked about?

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  • Jaideep Khanduja
    It is about availability of basic internet needs of an individual with paying a premium for it. 
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  • TheRealRaven
    It means that the guy paying $60 through his carrier will see the same pages as the guy paying $50 as long as they both visit the same sites. That is, the carriers can't interfere with the content, even if the content is on a page served by a different carrier. The content is neutral.

    Without such assurances, carriers are free to redirect your requests to any site they chose. This would normally happen because the carrier profited more by doing so than by strictly following user requests.

    Many countries (e.g., China, North Korea) perform such interference as a means of political control. Elsewhere, it would more likely be for simple profit; but political manipulation is a likely secondary thought for some who work to abolish net neutrality.
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  • ToddN2000
    Nice explanation Raven. Hope that helps some of those get a better picture of the meaning.
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  • Kevin Beaver
    Net neutrality means, on the surface, government "oversight" of the Internet aimed at protecting consumers from ISPs. Looking deeper, it's about government control...like what is going on with "cybersecurity". If you have a WSJ subscription, here's a good article:
    https://www.wsj.com/articles/why-net-neutrality-stirs-such-passion-1495230726

    Unlike some who think Internet access, healthcare, beer or whatever is a basic human right, I've realized this subject is way more complicated that what many will lead you to believe. I'm still trying to wrap my head around it all. Still, the essence of it is control. It will be interesting to see where it ends up.
     
    Here a couple of good reads for those who are interested:
    https://www.cato.org/blog/why-net-neutrality-problem
    https://www.cato.org/blog/net-neutrality-or-destroying-internet-innovation-investment
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