Network neutrality (or open inter-working) means that you are in control of where you go and what you do online. Companies that provide Internet services should treat all lawful Internet content in a neutral manner. It is the founding principle of the Internet and what allows the Internet to be the largest and most diverse platform for expression in recent history.
Why Network Neutrality?
In recent months, network neutrality has become a broad and ill-defined term that encompasses a range of policy objectives including free expression, user choice, and discrimination as well as business issues including network traffic management, pricing, and overall business models. Amongst all this, transparency is key.
Building a Common Understanding
The debate on network neutrality has flared up in recent months. Net neutrality was one of the most controversial issues at the NETmundial Conference, held in Sao Paulo in April 2014. A session at the 2014 Internet Governance Forum aimed to build a common understanding of Net Neutrality to help develop local solutions with global impact.
The Internet Society works on a range of issues that fall under the umbrella of net neutrality, including:
• Allowing the freedom of expression.
• Supporting user choice.
• Preventing discrimination.
• Network traffic management.
• Business models.