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By Gina Channell Wilcox

Net Neutrality a win or loss for open Internet and First Amendment?

Uploaded: Mar 1, 2015

Last week the FCC approved "Net Neutrality" and reclassified the Internet as a utility subject to regulations.

According to its website, "The FCC is focused on ensuring that every American has access to open and robust high-speed Internet service - also known as broadband."

Basic points to the decision are that ISPs must be transparent to their users, not block legal content or applications, and not favor some "lawful content" over other "lawful content. This last point basically forbids ISPs from creating "pay-for-preference fast lanes" in exchange for compensation or for its affiliates.

In my opinion, this is a win for the innovators and small businesses because, in theory, everyone is playing on a level field. We all want fair treatment and an open Internet.

However, I am a cynic at heart and I am concerned about what constitutes "lawful" and "unlawful" content and who decides. From what I've read it sounds like the ISP decides. Can an ISP decide to block, or be coerced into blocking, a website like ours?

I'm curious to hear your views on what I consider a monumental decision.

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