Google and Verizon have been in talks since last year concerning the issue of net neutrality, and just a bit ago, they released a joint statement on their conclusions. There has been much back and forth on who should be allowed to regulate the Internet (the federal government, Internet providers, both, or neither), and today both Google and Verizon have agreed that the Internet should be regulated by the federal government, and your Internet providers should impose fewer restrictions on what you have access to. Their statement is sizable and contains a lot of information, but I'll break it down for you in smaller, easier to digest bites after the jump.
In a decision announced earlier today, a Federal Court of Appeals says the FCC cannot require net neutrality. The decision referred specifically to a case against cable provider Comcast, who was accused of slowing down access to certain sites. In 2008, the FCC issued "net neutrality" rules, meaning all Internet content must be treated equally by network providers. Now, this ruling against neutrality means this is not the case — and that network providers can treat some sites differently than others.
While this decision will curb some illegal file-sharing (this is why the case was brought to court in the first place), it has far-reaching implications. To hear how this ruling could affect you (and your cable bill!), read more
Some slangers sling around the words "Internets" or "Interwebs" to be cheeky — who knew how close to true it might be!
A new book by Jonathan Zittrain called The Future of the Internet – And How to Stop It posits the notion of separate but equal webs. Two of them! One, a closely guarded content provider that will severely limit hackers and would allow only limited programs — and another one for off-the-grid surfing where anything goes, with the risk that the movie file you um, borrowed, is actually carrying a nasty little virus.
A less vulnerable, more-limited Internet would offer safety with a catch: content regulation. A “safe” Internet, with its policing could end the fast and free Internet we currently enjoy. Who else wants to get their hands on the policing of the webs? Congress. To see who might hijack your Sugar browsing, read more