By: Zach Walton| WebProNews
On Tuesday, the D.C. District Court of Appeals ruled in favor of Verizon in its fight against the FCC’s Open Internet Order. In other words, net neutrality was killed. It certainly was a blow to Internet freedom activists, but it may be even worse for small online businesses.
So, what is net neutrality? Columbia Law School professor Tim Wu originally coined the term and defines it best: “The idea is that a maximally useful public information network aspires to treat all content, sites and platforms equally.” In other words, net neutrality calls for ISPs to treat all online traffic the same regardless of its source. For example, Verizon wouldn’t be able to give preferential treatment to its own Redbox Instant streaming service over Netflix by making one faster than the other under net neutrality.
Do you think the courts were wrong to kill net neutrality? Will it affect the Internet in any significant way? Let us know in the comments.
We have established that net neutrality is pretty important. So, why did the courts kill it? Well, it’s kind of the FFC’s fault. In 2010, the Commission established the Open Internet Order as a way to regulate ISPs and their behavior. Here are the three rules the FCC set up to govern ISPs courtesy of Wikipedia:
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