WHAT IS NET NEUTRALITY?
Net neutrality is the principle that all internet traffic should be be treated equally.
Whether you’re trying to buy a necklace on Etsy, stream a series on Netflix, or upload a photo to Facebook, your internet service provider has to load all of those websites equally quickly.
If net neutrality is lost, internet service providers (ISPs) could create special ‘fast lanes’ for content providers willing to pay more.
Customers of streaming services like Netflix could see their subscription fees rise if the company chooses to pay more.
Giving powerful gatekeepers the ability to select who has priority access to the internet threatens to stifle innovation and free speech, Berners Lee believes.
He feels that ISPs should be treated more like utilities companies.