Net neutrality is about the rules of the road for the information superhighway — and whether, some day, traveling in the fast lane will require paying a toll.
Because of the convergence of television and telephone service into digital transmissions, the outcome of the battle will affect all aspects of communications. Net-neutrality advocates — Google, Microsoft, and the other tech companies — say the telecom companies (the Bells) and the cable industry shouldn’t be permitted to control the Internet through discriminatory pricing in which their business partners enjoy a huge competitive advantage by gaining access to the wires into homes and offices. The telecom and cable guys — the neutrality critics — counter that “net neutrality” is just a fancy way of saying that the government should regulate the Internet. They say, let the free market, not Washington, reign.
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