A surge of opposition should prompt Federal Communications Commission Chairman Tom Wheeler to scrap his plan to create a tiered Internet. Under his ill-advised proposal before federal regulators, websites willing to pay premium prices to Internet service providers would be able to reach customers and run faster than those that don’t. ISPs like Time Warner and Comcast could charge higher rates to companies such as Amazon.com, Google and Microsoft. Start-ups unable to pay higher ISP fees would be hobbled.
The easiest way to learn why net neutrality is such a big deal is to view the video below, courtesy of the watchdog group Free Press. (It’s less than two minutes long.)More