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November 23, 2014 at 9:14 AM

Net neutrality: Would you want an ISP to deny connection?

The recent letter claiming net neutrality is similar to requiring all restaurants charge the same amount is typical of the confusion over what net neutrality actually is. Net neutrality is not about the speed of your Internet connection or telling Internet service providers (ISPs) what they can charge. Nobody is claiming ISPs should not be allowed to offer different levels of service, and in fact they already do offer tiered service.

Net neutrality is about the ability of your ISP to dictate where you can browse. Ask yourself whether you want to allow Comcast (for example) to degrade or deny your connection to a website because Comcast offers a similar service of its own. Or perhaps there is a website critical of Comcast it doesn’t want you to see.
Net neutrality is the simple idea that all traffic should be treated the same, and ISPs cannot use their access to users in a way that harms those users or prevents them accessing legal websites. That is what net neutrality is about.
Russ Glaeser, Kirkland

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