How 2014 Shaped The Future Of The Internet
It has been a long, busy year for Net Neutrality. The stage is set for an expected landmark FCC decision sometime in 2015.By Evan Thomas | December 18, 2014
The year is drawing to a close, and the jury — or, more accurately, the FCC — is still out on the question of Net Neutrality.
The core concept is one of a democratic Internet: that everything sent across the global network is of equal value. By extension, service providers should act as common carriers — which means they shouldn’t be setting different fees for different types of content, or outright deciding what gets through and what doesn’t. That should be up to the end user.
But in January of 2014, the U.S. Court of Appeals ruled the FCC didn’t have the authority to force Internet Service Providers, or ISPs, to play by common carrier rules.