Your Guide to Net Neutrality (2017 Edition)

Net neutrality is one of the hottest issues on the internet – and that’s no surprise, because net neutrality affects just about every corner of the web. Small sites and large ones (including Netflix, Facebook, and Amazon) are rushing to defend net neutrality even as the FCC and the Trump administration put the finishing touches on its demise. But what’s actually going on here? What does all of this mean? Like so many other political issues, the debate around net neutrality has become muddied with political catch-phrases, buzzwords, and branding – even the phrase “net neutrality” itself reeks of public relations strategies. So you’d be forgiven if you found yourself asking where you stand on net neutrality, or even what it is. Let’s take a closer look at this thing.

What is net neutrality?

Let’s start with this: net neutrality refers to the idea of regulating the internet to ensure
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