The debate about net neutrality rages on, but the meaning of "open internet" vs. "closed internet" is seldom explained. Without an open or neutral internet, corporations like AT&T or Comcast can restrict bandwidth and charge people extra for faster connections or limit access to their competitors' services altogether.
In the United States, a January 2014 ruling from the DC Circuit Court determined that the Federal Communication Commission (FCC) had no authority to enforce its previous rules about net neutrality. This opened the decision about how to govern the internet's future up to law makers in the US Congress.
Whatever your opinion about net neutrality, we encourage you to petition your representatives for action!
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EU: The European Parliament defined and protected net neutrality in a vote on April 3. This bill has several more votes to go before it becomes law, but you can learn about it here: http://savetheinternet.eu/
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