▶ net neu·tral·i·ty
▶ the principle that Internet service providers should enable access to all content and applications regardless of the source, and without favoring or blocking particular products or websites.
Just hours before this #SocialCurrentSee
archive was launched, a federal appeals court ruled that the Federal Communications Commission
(FCC) does indeed have the authority to reclassify Internet service providers as “common carriers,” meaning the agency can regulate them in much the same way it regulates telephone service providers. The upshot is that the FCC can now enforce the net neutrality rules it passed last year prohibiting ISPs from blocking or throttling certain sites or types of content, and banning “paid prioritization”–aka “Internet fast lanes.”
Some have said this is a major victory for consumers and internet-freedom advocates. Others say, wait and see.