Understanding Net Neutrality and Anti-Government Regulation

By Mikal E. Belicove|For Entrepreneur.com|April 8, 2010

If you’re plugged in and tuned in to topics related to government regulation of the internet, you have probably heard the term net neutrality. If you find the term confusing, join the club. Most people have never heard of it, and even fewer people understand it.

With net neutrality all internet traffic is treated equally. If you are part of an access network run by a company that owns a certain news station, for example, with net neutrality, that company cannot block access to other news stations.

Most internet users would agree that net neutrality is a good thing, providing unfettered access to everything the internet has to offer and whatever the end user chooses to see, hear, or listen to.

The Daily Show’s faux news correspondent John Hodgman describes it best in this video:

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So, if net neutrality is such a good thing, why did the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals recently overturn the FCC ruling against Comcast for interfering with…

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