The term Net Neutrality refers to a concept of indiscriminate internet, where Governments and Service Providers do not change or treat data any differently based on any criteria, such as users, websites, content, and so on. In simple terms, “all internet traffic should be treated equally.”
An example of a time where net neutrality was violated was Comcast “throttling” certain connections, where they intentionally slowed down filesharing connections.
An internet without Net Neutrality laws could mean your internet service provider can charge you extra to access certain sites, or even block sites entirely. For example, your ISP could charge you an extra $100 monthly if you wanted to be able to go on social media, or an extra $75 for Youtube. ISPs could also charge website owners to allow their websites to be accessed by users.
Net Neutrality is a smaller subsection of a larger idea known as Open Internet. Open Internet is the idea that not only information, but the same information on the internet, should be easily available to anyone. Other aspects of Open Internet include transparency, removal of censorship, and low entry barriers.
Open Internet is also sometimes referred to or as related to “Dumb Networks.” This term refers to a certain system of network in which there is little control over how users use the network and information.
There is a lot of debate in the US about Net Neutrality currently. With the arrival of the Trump administration, which seems to be dominantly anti-net neutrality, we may see some major changes in the next few years.
Solutions: A VPN will work, unless they block the VPN.