True ‘net neutrality’ needed for a level playing field

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“Net neutrality” is the principle that all Internet data should be treated equally. For the past 25 years, the Internet has functioned as an open network, where all users could browse to all corners of the Web. The other side of the coin is a closed network, such as cable television, where content providers and end users both pay for increased access.

It’s the Internet’s open architecture that allows websites to compete on a level playing field. Sure, Google, Facebook and Amazon are giants walking among the peasants. Yet, despite their size, they’re not crushing competitors by forcing them out of the market. Facebook is still a single Web address, equally accessible as any startup, and if users begin flocking to alternate sites, major players often pay big money to acquire their competition rather than risk becoming the next MySpace.

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