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Keep the internet open: Net Neutrality explained, and why we need to protect the future of the web

Martyn Casserly | Feb. 26, 2015
You pay for a set amount of data, so what business is it of your ISP to decide where you use it? We explain Net Neutrality ahead of tomorrow's FCC vote to regulate the internet like a public utility, and why it should matter to all web users.

"Big media companies want to be in charge again," said Wu. "Most media over the past 150 years has been closed: if you look at NBC or the cable networks, they decide what goes on their network. The threat comes from the fact that the broadcasters, phone and cable companies are used to that business model and want to return to it."

The concern about Net Neutrality is so great that even President Obama spoke about it in a 2010 interview. "We've got to keep the internet open. We don't want to create a bunch of gateways that prevent someone who doesn't have a lot of money, but has a good idea, from being able to start their next Youtube, or their next Google on the internet," said Obama.

 

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