My normal first response to a government agency wanting to regulate something is negative, but in this case I would be wrong to feel this way. Net Neutrality does not regulate what you can or cannot look at on the Internet. It regulates how your ISP is treating the page you are looking at.
If you want to look at a document on Ancestry.com or go to a news site such as Foxnews.com, current Net Neutrality means that your ISP can’t force you to pay more or block your access to these sites. It means that no matter how your ISP feels about the content of your research you cannot be blocked from the results of your search.
Under the system that the big companies such as Comcast and Time Warner Cable are trying to implement, they will choose what you are allowed to access. If they don’t like your politics, they will be able to block your research of certain subjects. If they don’t like the company that is providing you your genealogical data. they will able to block you. If the company selling you your genealogy books does not pay extra for express Internet service, it may take longer for you to access their page, and it’s possible that if you do not pay extra to your ISP to access Ancestry.com you could be all day accessing just one document.
In several totalitarian countries, the government limits their citizens access to information. In the case of Net Neutrality, it is not the government that would limit your access, it potentially is the ISPs.
The recent court ruling against the FCC, while not necessarily making the ISPs the bad guys, it gives them to power to be the bad guys.
“All animals are created equal but some are more equal than others” – George Orwell
As a small businessman, I don’t have a lot of extra money lying around to pay my ISP to make sure that you see my blog and online book store. An Internet without Net Neutrality would mean only big companies would have “fair” treatment from their ISP.
Like I stated earlier, I generally do not trust government agencies to look out for my best interests, and I have my disagreements with the FCC. However, in regards to Net Neutrality, I fully support them.
Article by Dale Meitzler.