Imagine an Internet in which you cannot watch Netflix because Hulu is paying your Internet Service Provider (ISP) to block its competitors' traffic. This is exactly the situation that many proponents of Net Neutrality are afraid of. Net Neutrality aims to maintain the current open state of the Internet by preventing ISPs from discriminating against certain types of network traffic. In April of last year, the Federal Appeals Court ruled that as long as the Internet is a service and not a utility, the FCC does not have the authority to regulate the network management practices of broadband providers. Still, in December, the FCC made a move towards Net Neutrality when it approved of a set of regulations for fixed-line providers. The rules are meant to ensure transparency of network management practices, prevent blocking of lawful content, and prohibit unreasonable discrimination. Republicans in Congress are attempting to overturn these regulations.

This web site provides a look at some of the fundamental arguments both in support of and against Net Neutrality. We examine some of the current debates in the United States Congress, the FCC, and the Federal Courts, and show some of the case studies that have made Net Neutrality such a relevant and important issue today.