Net neutrality is dead.
At least that’s the verdict of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit, which today struck down a Federal Communications Commission (FCC) order from 2010 that forced Internet service providers (ISPs) like Verizon, AT&T, Comcast and Time Warner Cable to abide by the principles of network neutrality. These principles broadly stipulate that ISP network management must be transparent, and that ISPs can’t engage in practices that block, stifle or discriminate against (lawful) websites or traffic types on the Internet.
That’s the bare bones story, wrapped in ugly acronyms (FCC, ISP, etc.). But why should you care that network neutrality (“net neutrality”) may be gone for good?
“Why You Should Be Freaking Out About The End Of Net Neutrality,” Betsy Isaacson
This is a piece that nicely sums up the problem, or coming problems. I think it started with the increasingly paid for Google search results. We need an open source search engine. This is worse. The only way to fix it before it gets even more messed up is to have a functioning Congress. No luck on that front.