New rules proposed by the F.C.C. could divide the Internet into fast lanes and slow lanes, violating the central concept of “net neutrality.”
The concept of “network neutrality” has been so central to our experience of the Internet, and such a driving force for innovation and expression, that most of us have taken it for granted. This video explains the basic idea: when you visit a website, the phone or cable company that provides Internet access shouldn’t get in the way. Information should be delivered to you quickly and without discriminating about the content.