Myths/net neutrality means government control of information on the internet

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Myth: "Net neutrality" means government control of information on the internet.


Net neutrality means that the government will prevent ISPs from charging customers different amounts for access to different parts of the internet, such as different web sites or different IP ports. It has nothing to do with the content available via those sites or ports; if anything, it prevents the ISPs from controlling content by selectively blocking or hindering their customers' access.

Calling network neutrality a plan to control the internet is like calling the First Amendment a plan to control free speech.[1]


  1. FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler has observed: "This is no more a plan to regulate the Internet than the First Amendment is a plan to regulate free speech. They both stand for the same concepts: openness, expression, and an absence of gate keepers telling people what they can do, where they can go, and what they can think."