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'''Net Neutrality''' is a political cause aimed at maintaining the current structure of the Internet. It is a reaction against the desire by some companies to sell superior bandwidth to different websites.
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'''Net Neutrality''' is the principal that all pages on the internet should be treating equally by broadband networks.  Google, a strong advocate for '''Net Neutrality''' defines this concept more broadly as "the principle that Internet users should be in control of what content they view and what applications they use on the Internet."<ref> http://www.google.com/help/netneutrality.html </ref>.
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==The Politics of '''Net Neutrality"==
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'''Net Neutrality''' is a complicated political issue as lawmakers have struggled with how to classify the internet into different legal frameworks and various interest groups such as the telecommunications companies and consumer advocacy groups have had large stakes in this issue.  '''Net Neutrality''' became a sound bite issue in 2006 when, Republican Senator Ted Stevens described the internet as "A series of tubes" in an effort to argue against net neutrality. <ref> http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Image:Series_of_Tubes_-_Senator_Ted_Stevens.ogg </ref>
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Currently, this is still very much a contentious issue with the Senate set to debate this issue later this year. <ref> http://www.google.com/help/netneutrality.html </ref>
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==Significance in terms of Media Technology and Cultural Change==
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The future of '''Net Neutrality''' will be very important in determining the future of the internet. If corporations and other powerful entities are able to pay for more bandwidth, the [[Networked public sphere] described by Yochai Benkler in [[Network economy]] will be threatened.  As Benkler implies in his book, eliminating '''Net Neutrality''' would have huge negative consequences politically and culturally.  
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==References==
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Revision as of 01:21, 19 May 2008

Net Neutrality is the principal that all pages on the internet should be treating equally by broadband networks. Google, a strong advocate for Net Neutrality defines this concept more broadly as "the principle that Internet users should be in control of what content they view and what applications they use on the Internet."[1].

The Politics of Net Neutrality"

Net Neutrality is a complicated political issue as lawmakers have struggled with how to classify the internet into different legal frameworks and various interest groups such as the telecommunications companies and consumer advocacy groups have had large stakes in this issue. Net Neutrality became a sound bite issue in 2006 when, Republican Senator Ted Stevens described the internet as "A series of tubes" in an effort to argue against net neutrality. [2]


Currently, this is still very much a contentious issue with the Senate set to debate this issue later this year. [3]

Significance in terms of Media Technology and Cultural Change

The future of Net Neutrality will be very important in determining the future of the internet. If corporations and other powerful entities are able to pay for more bandwidth, the [[Networked public sphere] described by Yochai Benkler in Network economy will be threatened. As Benkler implies in his book, eliminating Net Neutrality would have huge negative consequences politically and culturally.

References