Despite the Federal Communications Commission’s vote in December to repeal net neutrality, the brouhaha over it is far from over.
Net neutrality is the principle that internet service providers won’t operate with bias in any way when it comes to access to the types of websites they allow consumers to visit and the speeds of such access regardless of the parties, companies or competitors involved. In this context, the internet service providers, including carriers such as AT&T, Comcast and Verizon, are charged with being “neutral” in how they operate.
This Burger King ad aptly sums up the net neutrality debate
Many people remain confused about it and misinformation, even from otherwise reputable sources, is prevalent. Enter Burger King to make some sense of it all.
The company recently released a video that explains the net neutrality debate through the lens of customers trying to order a burger. Who would have thought that between two sesame seed buns, a slice of lettuce, pickle and tomato, that the issue could be explained so thoroughly? But that’s what happened.
The range of emotions from customers — from sheer anger to impatience and flat-out astonishment — aptly sums up much of the American public’s reaction to what their choices could be without net neutrality. Check the video out below:
What’s next for net neutrality?
More than 20 states have filed suit against the FCC is to reverse the panel’s decision to end net neutrality repeal, according to the Washington Post. The argument laid out in the lawsuits basically claims that it is up to states to determine how internet service providers operate in their respective jurisdictions.
Also, the California State Senate on Monday defied the FCC by voting to approve legislation governing net neutrality laws on internet service providers in the state, the San Francisco Chronicle reports.
So from the developments taking place, there’s a lot of movement on the issue across the nation. But as a consumer, how do you feel about net neutrality? Please let us know in the comments.