“For centuries, the concept of “common carriage” — the idea that transportation and communication networks must be open to all, without discrimination — has guided trade routes, railway lines, postal services, and telecommunications. Think of the postal service: we pay to send a package, and no matter who we are or whom we are sending it to, we trust that our package will arrive without being intentionally slowed down or otherwise disrupted.
Early internet connections were given the same protections. But starting in 2002, company lobbyists convinced weak regulators to begin to revoke common carriage obligations for broadband providers. In subsequent years, the FCC, the agency charged with overseeing US telecoms, refused to consider Net Neutrality rules that it deemed too politically difficult to implement.”
Taking sides for net neutrality
: Net neutrality means non-discriminatory access to an open internet, and new US rules – pushed by activists – block companies from undermining this.