There’s a big fight brewing over the Internet.
Companies, including Google and the liberal political group MoveOn.org, want the federal government to regulate the Internet. They claim they need this so-called “net neutrality,” but their goal is to neuter the network.
Now, companies that provide Internet service, like Verizon, AT&T and Comcast, say they are trying to take the Internet to the next generation, especially with the advent of high-definition television. And that requires flexibility, not government control. Think of it like an HOV or toll lane during rush-hour traffic.
It’s too early to know whether this will even be a problem in the future. What we do know is that when the federal government regulates something it is never faster, and it is never neutral.