The net neutrality issue seems to be drawing to a close, and it looks like the supporters of an open Internet have won. The tale of this victory is an amazing one: the netroots activists have beaten back top corporate lobbyists including the massive cable providers.
The concept of an open Internet means a prohibition of “slow and fast” lanes for Internet access. The Internet has always allowed the most inconsequential individual the same possibility for going viral as companies like Netflix.
By classifying the Internet as a public good, the FCC has been able to assume the authority necessary to rein in the big ISPs. While Republicans complain about government regulation, even they have been forced to concede by the flood of protest about this issue.