RIP, Net Neutrality

“In the late 50’s MIT hackers believed, as I do, that information should be free.” That’s a line from ALGORITHM, and it’s a dream from which the government and the giant internet companies have awakened.

The Internet was originally designed to protect the United States against nuclear strikes, so that its information infrastructure wouldn’t have a single critical point. But, as anyone who uses Facebook, Twitter, or plays World of Warcraft will tell you, the Internet has become something else entirely.

An open and free Internet enabled revolutions like the Arab Spring. It has enabled scientific, technological, and social progress like Netflix, Folding@home, Wikipedia, and Wikileaks. To say the open Internet has and continues to change the world is a radical understatement.

Enter The New York Times, which is reports that the F.C.C. Seeks a New Path on Net Neutrality Rules, to keep those freedoms secure. The reason the F.C.C. has to try again to protect Internet freedom is because, according to Wired the Federal Court shredded the F.C.C.s previous attempt.

And that about brings us to Wednesday, February 26. On Wednesday, Mashable released an opinion piece, which takes the death of net neutrality, not only for granted, but that it’s been dead for a while, most recently exemplified by the deal between Comcast and Netflix.

I want to leave you with a few questions: Is net neutrality dead? Is that the way it should be? If not, what should we do about it? Is relying on governmental regulations the right and most efficient solution?