Netflix Neutrality

High School Outlanders

By: Daniel Mahoney

The Supreme Court’s overturning of the Federal Communications Commission’s (FCC) policy of Network Neutrality on January 14th, 2014, incited a massive outcry against the ruling. Network Neutrality, made into formal policy in 2005, is the principle that all websites are to be given equal treatment in terms of internet speeds and bandwidth. This principle has become a cornerstone in the fight against Internet Service Providers’ (ISPs) far reaching influence on internet content.

Major proponents of Network Neutrality have rebuked the Supreme Court’s decision as a “form of effective censorship” or “danger to our basic Internet freedoms.” But many of these complaints have fallen on deaf ears, with little to no media coverage being devoted beyond reporting the news of the matter.

The silence was short lived, though, as the Internet streaming service, Netflix, entered the conversation. Comcast, a major internet service provider, threatened to “throttle”…

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