Wednesday, March 12, 2014

Net neutrality event later this month

Somerville (Massachusetts) Community Access Television is sponsoring a panel discussion with experts on Net Neutrality.   The event, which takes place March 25, is being taped and will will be available immediately after the event.

According to the event notice,

Because of a recent rule change, Internet provider companies like Verizon and Comcast can now block or slow down any website, application, or service they like. And they'll be able to create tiered pricing structures with fast lanes for those websites that can afford the tolls, and slow lanes for everyone else. Previously, all websites had to be treated equally by the Internet providers, a policy known as Net Neutrality.

According to the Federal Communications Commission's Open Internet Order, Net Neutrality allows for an Open Internet, which "is the Internet as we know it, a level playing field where consumers can make their own choices about what applications and services to use, and where consumers are free to decide what content they want to access, create, or share with others."

On Jan. 14, 2014, the U.S. Court of Appeals in Washington, D.C., struck down the Federal Communications Commission's Open Internet Order. This means that Net Neutrality is no longer required by law.

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