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Social Web: Guardian of Net Neutrality

Posted By: Carlee Vellinga

The social Web has encouraged entrepreneurs and business leaders to continue defending web neutrality. This article by Jon Goldman on mashable.com outlines the important factors of net neutrality.

Why the Social Web is the Guardian of Net Neutrality

The spread of broadband Internet access allows us to explore and devour an array of content (entertainment, news and information) with a convenience and speed unimaginable to those accessing the web a mere five to 10 years ago. And in the past two months, discussions within the Internet and media industries about the continued viability of net neutrality have centered on those issues of convenience and speed.

Proponents of net neutrality have come out in full force rallying around the notion of a free and uninhibited Internet; one controlled only by consumers’ imaginations and desires, rather than corporate profits. They argue that an Internet divided into separate and potentially unequal access points would give favor to those companies willing to pay top-dollar to have their content and entertainment available to consumers and businesses who are also willing — and able — to pay a premium for access.

Facebook spokesman Andrew Noyes articulated why net neutrality is so important when he told Information Week that “Preserving an open Internet that is accessible to innovators — regardless of their size or wealth — will promote a vibrant and competitive marketplace where consumers have ultimate control over the content and services delivered through their Internet connection.”

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