The reports of the death of net neutrality have been greatly exaggerated.
The current rules of internet equality commonly referred to as net neutrality were shot down by a federal appeals court ruling earlier this week.
The last reform of net neutrality happened in December 2010, when the Federal Communications Commission approved rules that would forbid internet service providers from blocking or slowing online services, or favor their own services at the expense of smaller rivals.
With the recent court decision, headlines across the internet speculate on the death of net neutrality.
One court decision, and now the media proclaims the concept is dead. Really?
No so fast! Doesn't anyone remember back about two years ago when all the acronyms like PIPA, SOPA, and OPEN, were making headlines?
The alphabets of acronyms represented various government proposals to regulate the internet, to make the world a safer place and save us all from internet pirates.
It all sounded good in concept, but internet users did not want the government telling them where to go. The internet freedom fighters banded together to warn of the evils of government control, and screamed of unfair censorship. They fought to make all those proposed laws go away.
That was then. Now is different.
The rules of fair play imposed by net neutrality are gone. We need to be saved from a different set of internet pirates, Comcast and Verizon.
The fear is that without rules, the super-sized telecommunications companies will create a different kind of internet censorship. They fear the programs and services offered or controlled by the Internet service providers will be cheaper to use, or easier to access, than services not controlled by the ISP.
Net neutrality concerns will once again get the internet freedom fighters to band together. This time they won't be chasing away government control, they will be asking for it. They will be asking the government to regulate internet access policies of internet service providers.
The position swing between telling the government to go away, and then asking the government to help, represents the ultimate illustration of the balance between too much regulation, and too little.
Net neutrality is not dead, it will live to fight another day.
Graphic "Dominate the Internet: Net neutrality and the fight for control"
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