Originally Posted by IcyPimpHand
I'm sorry guys, but I'm still confused. What is Net Neutrality, is it good?
In a nutshell - Net Neutrality means that you have the freedom to view whatever web pages you want, to use whatever online services you want - without your ISP engaging in anti-competitive measures. For instance, say if your ISP wants you to use HotMail and has a special deal cut with MS for it, they could throttle or block your access to GMail, if they didn't have Net Neutrality. They could block all kinds of things, based on special deals, kickbacks and payola, or simply force you to use only what they want you to use.
Net Neutrality means that you have the freedom to engage in whatever you want, and that all ISPs have to provide it on an even, fair basis. This does not mean you can engage in illegal activities - but does mean that you can enjoy all of those things that are entirely legal. Without it, it is all about being proprietary, using only what they want you to use, and having all of your services put into jail. It could even be so extreme that the ISP would force you into a certain web browser, like IE only - and you would be throttled or banned if you use FireFox or whatever.