The U.S. Congress is pushing a law that would abandon the Internet's First Amendment -- a principle called Network Neutrality that prevents companies like AT&T, Verizon and Comcast from deciding which Web sites work best for you -- based on what site pays them the most.
Net Neutrality ensures that all users can access the content or run the applications and devices of their choice. With Net Neutrality, the network's only job is to move data — not choose which data to privilege with higher quality service. Net Neutrality is the reason why the Internet has driven economic innovation, democratic participation, and free speech online. It's why the Internet has become an unrivaled environment for open communications, civic involvement and free speech.
The Internet is currently free---the backbone networks deliver content of GE, Foxnews and the website a local bookstore with the same priority, which will no longer be true after this law. If the law is passed, one thing that might happen is, a local library would have to outbid Barnes & Noble for the right to have its Web/E-mail content delivered quickly, else suffer non-prioritized delivery.
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