Network Neutrality

The concept of Net Neutrality is summed up well on this Google Help Page

Network neutrality is the principle that Internet users should be in control of what content they view and what applications they use on the Internet. The Internet has operated according to this neutrality principle since its earliest days. Indeed, it is this neutrality that has allowed many companies, including Google, to launch, grow, and innovate. Fundamentally, net neutrality is about equal access to the Internet. In our view, the broadband carriers should not be permitted to use their market power to discriminate against competing applications or content. Just as telephone companies are not permitted to tell consumers who they can call or what they can say, broadband carriers should not be allowed to use their market power to control activity online. Today, the neutrality of the Internet is at stake as the broadband carriers want Congress's permission to determine what content gets to you first and fastest. Put simply, this would fundamentally alter the openness of the Internet.

With seller concentration already high and on the rise (noted on the Internet Service Providers page) national ISPs are going to have significant pull with policy makers. Should they choose to exert their market power and take control of internet infrastructure, it could change the way that we know and use the internet.

A good place to start learning the basics and general issues surrounding network neutrality is at the Yahoo! Directory.

To add a little humor to an otherwise unfunny situation, maybe this ninja can explain it better than Google, Yahoo, or myself.

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