So what’s net neutrality, anyway?


by Joe Curtis| 14 February 2014

What does net neutrality actually mean? And is it a good thing or a bad thing?

There's been plenty of talk over the concept of net neutrality in the news recently, especially after the District of Columbia's Court of Appeals ruled that regulators could no longer enforce it on internet service providers.

But what does net neutrality actually mean? And is it a good thing or a bad thing?

CBR gives you all the pros and cons in this handy explainer.

What is net neutrality?

The term net neutrality is basically the equal rights of the internet. The principle, if endorsed by a government, means that ISPs should treat all internet data the same.

That means ISPs - which provide access to the internet for us, you and everyone - can't discriminate between websites, or routers, or content, or applications, or platforms, or even attached devices like game controllers.

It is the guarantee that everything, good or bad, is equally accessible.

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