Sept. 27, 2013
Not sure what to make of this episode, but it matters and so here we
are: A draft of provisions that Republican leaders in the House are
attempting to demand in return for allowing the debt ceiling to be
raised includes the elimination of net neutrality.
The language of the legislative outline that the National Review obtained calls for the “blocking” of net neutrality.
Net neutrality, if you didn’t know, is the set of rules forcing ISPs
treat traffic on their networks equally, not speeding or slowing any one
piece of content more than any other. This matters as many companies
that provide Internet access are also part of larger conglomerates that
produce media. Those companies have an inherent incentive to speed their
content and slow that of their rivals.