What is Net Neutrality?

Network neutrality (also net neutrality, Internet neutrality) is a principle proposed for user access networks participating in the Internet that advocates no restrictions by Internet Service Providers and governments on content, sites, platforms, on the kinds of equipment that may be attached, and no restrictions on the modes of communication allowed and to treat all web traffic equally, regardless of content type or origin – serving only as a one-size-fits-all pipeline for whatever data is passing from content providers to end users.

That extends to the idea that ISPs should not block any lawful content or control their infrastructure to preferentially deal with any kind of data.

The issue now is how much ISPs should be allowed to control the size of the pipes – that is, actively controlling the bandwidth available to certain websites based on the type of content they provide, and thus the internet speed that users perceive from the site.

Here’s a video that explains it in a simplified manner.

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