The Internet, as seen from space
You may have turned on the news recently to see a lot of talk about net neutrality. Where is my sandwich?, you ask yourself. I do not know about your sandwich, but here is the skinny on net neutrality.
Net neutrality is the theory that the entire Internet, from big corporations to little crappy blogs like this one, should be open for the same type of access from Internet Service Providers (ISPs). ISPs are companies like Comcast that you pay money to give you Internetz. Well, the FCC (look it up) have wanted to kinda put their two cents into the internetz for a while because it is sorta in their ballpark as far as that whole communications goes. This week they released what amounts to a do and do not list that includes things like transparency for ISPs (they have to give reasons for what they do), non blocking (they can not just cut off parts of the Internet traffic), and unreasonable discrimination (they can not slow the traffic of particular services or sites without good reason). Because bureaucracy is so fun, Congress has to review to see if the FCC has this power and how they will wield it. Kinda like in those Lord of the Rings films.
There is a lot more to this, plus the FCC has not fully released exactly what they will or will not do until Congress checks it out. We shall see and report back.