As of January 2014, net neutrality is facing some opposition:
- Pay to Play on the Internet?: "How would you like to have to pay a fee to be able to stream YouTube videos at full speed? What if you liked downloading music from, say, Last.fm or Soundcloud, but those sites suddenly became infinitely slower than bigger sites like Amazon or iTunes?"
- What the Internet Could Look Like Without Net Neutrality: "Net neutrality is dead, a federal appeals court ruled on Tuesday, invalidating Federal Communications Commission rules requiring Internet service providers to treat all traffic equally."
- The Feds Lost Net Neutrality, but Won Control of the Web: "No matter what you think of network neutrality — for it, against it, it’s complicated, who cares — the fact that a federal court just struck down most of the FCC’s net neutrality rules is clearly cause for concern."
- Net neutrality suffers a crushing blow: The U.S. Court of Appeals ruled that the FCC does not have the authority to require Comcast, a major Internet provider, to treat all Internet traffic and access the same on its network.
- European Union, France to consult on net neutrality: The European Commission will launch a public consultation on the issue of network neutrality this quarter.
- Is Net Neutrality Dead?: A historical view of net neutrality.
Net neutrality in the context of the Web is somewhat new, but the concept of neutral, publicly accessible information and transfer of that information has been around since the days of Alexander Graham Bell. Basic public infrastructure, such as subways, buses, telephone companies, etc., are not allowed to discriminate, restrict, or differentiate common access, and this is the core concept behind net neutrality as well.
A Historical Look at Net Neutrality
Net Neutrality: From the Cybertelecom Federal Internet Law & Policy Center, an in-depth look net neutrality in a historical context.
Early History of the Net Neutrality Debate in the US: A short history of the issues behind the current net neutrality debate, as well as a brief look at the history of free communication.
Net Neutrality: Lessons from the Past: From MIT's Technology Review, the current net neutrality compared against various historical analogies.
Moyers on America: Net Neutrality: PBS's take on net neutrality, the issues currently challenging it, and the history behind it.