From the website saveournet.ca
Put simply, net neutrality means non-discriminatory treatment of traffic. That is, outside of limited exceptions such as spam and known viruses, the companies that deliver information over the internet have treated all information the same, delivering each package of information as quickly and efficiently as possible (often referred to as the “best efforts” internet). Under this regime an internet user is free to use any equipment, content, application or service on a non-discriminatory basis without interference from the network provider. Network neutrality means that the network provider’s only job is to move data – not to choose which data to privilege with higher quality service.
Legislation against net neutrality is not as simple as censorship if governments get their way. Censorship is just an evil by-product. It’s all about making a buck. The less net neutrality we have, the more ways to charge me for use of the web. But since there is more than one way to solve a problem, I shall just wait for the hackers to get around it. And get around it they will. In the meantime – please help save our net.
Traffic shaping? What? I guess that’s what’s been happening to my P2P activity in recent weeks.
Bell Canada holds back bandwidth
Oh No They Couldn’t Have
Here’s someone who says, “What the hell are doing anyway with P2P? It’s bad netiquette. Don’t you know that?”
I am a strong believer in net neutrality. Google explains it like this: “Network neutrality is the principle that Internet users should be in control of what content they view and what applications they use on the Internet. The Internet has operated according to this neutrality principle since its earliest days. Indeed, it is this neutrality that has allowed many companies, including Google, to launch, grow, and innovate. Fundamentally, net neutrality is about equal access to the Internet. In our view, the broadband carriers should not be permitted to use their market power to discriminate against competing applications or content. Just as telephone companies are not permitted to tell consumers who they can call or what they can say, broadband carriers should not be allowed to use their market power to control activity online. Today, the neutrality of the Internet is at stake as the broadband carriers want Congress’s permission to determine what content gets to you first and fastest. Put simply, this would fundamentally alter the openness of the Internet.”
If you really want your eyes to glaze over look at the Wikipedia entry on it. But as a netizen, you must educate yourself.