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The Long, Painful Path of Net Neutrality


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The turmoil over net neutrality.

The origins of the war over net neutrality, and whats at stake.

Credit: Dev Valladares

People may scream at me for saying this, but net neutrality is one of America's longest and now most pointless fights over technology.

The principle is sound: Companies like Comcast and AT&T that sell us home internet service shouldn't push some online data to computers and TV sets faster than others. (The internet companies say that it's counterproductive for the government to impose this.)

So since the Napster era, we've been stuck in an endless loop of arguments, laws and repealed laws. California this week was cleared to enforce its own net neutrality regulation, which (of course) had been challenged in court. This is now a distraction for our elected leaders and corporations when there are more pressing issues.

 

From The New York Times
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