Episode 1: Net Neutrality

Welcome to Your Rights Online – an internet radio show designed to educate, entertain, and raise awareness of ongoing legal and privacy issues in the online space and why you, the average Internet user, should care.

Each episode, we explore one theme through roundtable discussion, debate, and interesting stories. This episode – we dive into the complicated web of net neutrality.

What, exactly, is net neutrality? Here are a couple of definitions that we like:

Network neutrality is the principle that Internet users should be in control of what content they view and what applications they use on the Internet. The Internet has operated according to this neutrality principle since its earliest days… Fundamentally, net neutrality is about equal access to the Internet. In our view, the broadband carriers should not be permitted to use their market power to discriminate against competing applications or content. Just as telephone companies are not permitted to tell consumers who they can call or what they can say, broadband carriers should not be allowed to use their market power to control activity online.
Guide to Net Neutrality for Google Users

Net Neutrality means no discrimination. Net Neutrality prevents Internet providers from blocking, speeding up or slowing down Web content based on its source, ownership or destination….The free and open Internet brings with it the revolutionary possibility that any Internet site could have the reach of a TV or radio station. The loss of Net Neutrality would end this unparalleled opportunity for freedom of expression.

Throughout the episode, we’ll provide a bit more insight into every angle of the issue and examine each viewpoint.

Fair warning – the show is still very much a work in progress. Expect a few awkward pauses and random tangents, we’re kind of new at this. Still, we hope that you enjoy the episode and learn a thing or two in the process. We’d love to see your feedback in the comments below!

Show Notes:

  • We would like to thank Justin Fanok, Erin Brantmayer, Sarah Boso, and Alessandro Cagossi for sitting down to discuss net neutrality with us.
  • The theme music is the track “Can I Have Your Attention?” by The Young Reptiles.
  • For an excellent overview of net neutrality, take a look at the Wikipedia entry.

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One Response to “Episode 1: Net Neutrality”
  1. Scott says:

    Great show, I enjoyed every second. A great primer on the topic and your raised some very interesting questions. This is a topic that, like you said, is going to effect just about everybody in one way or another and deserves more coverage. You guys did an excellent job giving helping out with that.

    Keep up the good work.

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