Net neutrality, also known as network neutrality, Internet neutrality or net equality, is the concept that Internet service providers (ISPs) and governments should treat all data on the Internet equally. It means that ISPs should allow access to all content and applications regardless of the source, and without favoring or blocking particular products or websites.
On February 26, the Federal Communications Commission voted 3-2 in favor of net neutrality regulations which ban companies from being able to pay for faster access to web surfers in a practice called "paid prioritization." These new regulations classify ISPs as "common carriers" or a public utility, like gas or electricity, under Title II of the Communications Act. Tom Wheeler, the chairman of the Federal Communications Commission, believes that regulating broadband in this manner is the only way to ensure "an open platform for innovation and free expression".
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Tom Wheeler expects the major telecommunications companies to sue the Federal Communications Commission in the wake of the February 26 decision, so the debate on Net neutrality is sure to continue.