Net neutrality has been on everyone’s mind these days, since commissioners at the US Federal Communications Commission have voted to overturn rules that would force ISPs to treat all data traffic as equal.
“This is the right way to go,” said FCC chairman Ajit Pai ahead of the vote on May 18th, quoted by BBC. In an official statement, FCC officials added that they expected the proposed changes to “substantially benefit consumers and the marketplace”. They also mentioned that before the rules were changed in 2015, they helped to preserve a “flourishing free and open internet for almost 20 years”.
But what is net neutrality and why is it important to us, Internet users?
It’s simple. When we go online, we have certain expectations. We want to be able to connect to any site we want, without any data restrictions from ISPs, because we expect to be in control of our Internet experience.
This is basically what net neutrality is. This basic principle prohibits Internet Service Providers like AT&T, Comcast and Verizon from speeding up, slowing down or blocking any content, applications or websites you want to use. Net Neutrality is the way that the internet has always worked, preserving our right to communicate freely online.