Net neutrality’ good policy for everyone

City on a Hill Press

The magic of the Internet is not lost on us. We are the YouTube generation, cursed with the capabilities of extreme multicrastination.

We surf, we Digg and we blog, all without realizing the ongoing fight for control of the web.

Currently, the Internet is “neutral,” which means that Internet Service Providers (ISPs) cannot prioritize one website over another. According to net neutrality, has just as much right to deliver information to its viewers as the website of the New York Times or of Microsoft. The Internet portrays a true definition of free speech to an extent that our parents could only have dreamed of, but this is being threatened.

In 2005, AT&T suggested allowing some companies to pay for preferential treatment to prioritize access to their web content. After heavy protest, however, this notion fizzled.