The poll results did not came that unexpected: 41% of all voters stated that they feared the death of net neutrality the most, followed by trojans and viruses (17%), spyware, hackers and nothing (10% each), phishing (5%), spam (4%) and finally Worms with 3%.
This is an overwhelming result and I thought I explain the net(work) neutrality concept for the ones who do not know what it is. Internet providers do one thing, they provide access to the Internet and make sure that you receive all the data that you request. It does not matter if you surf to the website of a big company like eBay, Amazon or Microsoft, or to my blog (hehe, or even smaller websites). All data gets the same treatment, none is preferred over the other.
The providers (Verizon, AT&T, Time Warner, Comcast, and others) want to change the way the Internet works. They want to decide which sites get fast data transfers and which sites and services do not. Financials play a big role here. Companies and service that pay Internet providers money get preferential treatments while every one else does not. The providers own services get priority as well and that is what is meant by the end of net neutrality.
Take a look at this funny video of the daily show and the save the Internet website if you are living in the USA and want to help fight this.
Update: The original account associated with the video has been removed. Here are several related videos that may not be as funny, but explain the concept so that you get an understanding of net neutrality.
What are your thoughts? You can also check out the article over at Wikipedia which is a good starting article as it covers all major aspects of the net neutrality debate.
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