Everything you need to know about network neutrality

17 Cards

CURATED BY Timothy B. Lee

2014-05-21 14:53:57 -0400

  1. What is network neutrality?
  2. Who invented the concept of network neutrality?
  3. What’s the argument for network neutrality?
  4. Is regulation necessary to protect network neutrality?
  5. What's the case against network neutrality regulations?
  6. How did the government promote open networks in the Internet's early years?
  7. Is the Internet a big truck?
  8. What was the 2010 Open Internet Order?
  9. Why did an appeals court rule the FCC’s network neutrality rules illegal in 2014?
  10. What's the FCC's next move after its loss in court?
  11. Does Chairman Wheeler's new proposal mean the end of network neutrality?
  12. Has network neutrality been violated in the past?
  13. Netflix has been forced to cut private deals with ISPs. Is that undermining net neutrality?
  14. How does net neutrality apply to cellular networks?
  15. What are the alternatives to network neutrality regulation?
  16. You didn't answer my question!
  17. How have these cards changed?
  1. Card 1 of 17

    What is network neutrality?

    Consumers generally connect to the internet one of two ways. They can subscribe to a residential broadband service from a company such as Time Warner Cable. Or they can subscribe to wireless internet access from companies such as Sprint.

    These companies have spent billions of dollars laying cables in the ground (in the case of residential internet access) or erecting cell phone towers (for wireless access) to ensure that customers have fast, reliable service.

    Network neutrality is the idea that these companies should treat all internet traffic equally. It says your ISP shouldn’t be allowed to block or degrade access to certain websites or services, nor should it be allowed to set aside a "fast lane" that allows content favored by the ISP to load more quickly than the rest.

    Since the term was coined more than a decade ago, it has been at the center of the debate over internet regulation. Congress, the Federal Communications Commission(FCC), and the courts have all debated whether and how to protect network neutrality.

    Advocates argue that network neutrality lowers barriers to entry online, allowing entrepreneurs to create new companies like Google, Facebook, and Dropbox. But critics warn that regulating the broadband market could be counterproductive, discouraging investment in internet infrastructure and limiting the flexibility of ISPs themselves to innovate

    In January, an appeals court invalidated FCC regulations designed to protect network neutrality. The agency is currently considering how to respond.

  2. Card 2 of 17

    Who invented the concept of network neutrality?

  3. Card 3 of 17

    What’s the argument for network neutrality?

  4. Card 4 of 17

    Is regulation necessary to protect network neutrality?

  5. Card 5 of 17

    What's the case against network neutrality regulations?

  6. Card 6 of 17

    How did the government promote open networks in the Internet's early years?

  7. Card 7 of 17

    Is the Internet a big truck?

  8. Card 8 of 17

    What was the 2010 Open Internet Order?

  9. Card 9 of 17

    Why did an appeals court rule the FCC’s network neutrality rules illegal in 2014?

  10. Card 10 of 17

    What's the FCC's next move after its loss in court?

  11. Card 11 of 17

    Does Chairman Wheeler's new proposal mean the end of network neutrality?

  12. Card 12 of 17

    Has network neutrality been violated in the past?

  13. Card 13 of 17

    Netflix has been forced to cut private deals with ISPs. Is that undermining net neutrality?

  14. Card 14 of 17

    How does net neutrality apply to cellular networks?

  15. Card 15 of 17

    What are the alternatives to network neutrality regulation?

  16. Card 16 of 17

    You didn't answer my question!

  17. Card 17 of 17

    How have these cards changed?

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