Net Neutrality is the basic principle that keeps the Internet free and open. It prevents Internet service providers from blocking, censoring, interfering with or discriminating against Web traffic and content.
The D.C. Circuit’s decision in the Verizon case dealt a huge blow to the open Internet. But the court’s decision provides a road map for the FCC to move in a positive direction and reclaim its authority to protect the open Internet.
On May 15, 2014, the Federal Communications Commission proposed rules that would allow rampant discrimination online. Under these rules, telecom giants like AT&T, Comcast and Verizon would be able to create a two-tiered Internet, with fast lanes for those who can afford it and dirt roads for the rest of us. These companies would have the power to pick winners and losers online and discriminate against online content and applications. And no one would be able to do anything about it.