Network Neutrality

There’s been a lot of talk in the news lately about the “Network Neutrality” principle. As usual with anything in politics, the term means different things to different people. So I’ll define it here: the most common aspect of the principle is that networks (such as your friendly neighborhood internet provider) should provide unfettered, unfiltered access to the Internet. I agree with this principle. Once providers get into the business of limiting content, we don’t have an Internet – we’d have multiple versions of the Internet and free speech would be at risk. However, there are circumstances where a provider must manage traffic on their networks. All Internet access is shared. The Internet is inexpensive because all of us are sharing its infrastructure, and this works because not all of us are using the Internet at the same time. Larger providers may see 60 to 1 effective oversubscription; i.e. out… read more →