Is the Internet Doomed to Go Corporate?
Network neutrality — the principle that Internet providers cannot block or make commercial deals with websites for financial gain — may soon be as retro as floppy discs and Windows 95 screensavers. The U.S.’s second most powerful court looks likely to repeal a 2010 law that prevents Internet providers from discriminating against users and creating corporate monopolies on the Web. What comes next for the average surfer if the law is struck down? Websites like Google, Wikipedia and YouTube may load faster for users who subscribe to Verizon rather than AT&T, or vice versa, depending on providers’ commercial interests.