Net Neutrality: What Is It and What Does It Mean for Rural Broadband?

Net Neutrality: What Is It and What Does It Mean for Rural Broadband?

Open Internet and net neutrality are terms that have put the communications industry and consumer groups in a tizzy, particularly following the recent vote on the FCC’s open Internet order just a few short weeks ago. Given the importance of the discussion, along with the complexity of it, NTCA has made an attempt to boil down a complicated issue by creating a fact sheet and an educational video that help to explain what network neutrality really is and what the new rules will mean for rural providers and consumers.

In the spirit of arming our membership with more information and tools, the materials were created so the fact sheet and video can be shared by our membership in their customer newsletters, posted on their company websites, and shared on Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn. These new resources are posted at www.ntca.org/advocacy/broadband, along with recent federal filings and press releases regarding network neutrality, in addition to a link to the commission’s open Internet Webpage.

While I still believe that net neutrality is a little bit like the blind men and an elephant (and what you “see” depends on your perspective and concerns), we want to ensure that we are putting as many tools into the hands of our rural broadband providers so that they can also have an educated customer base.

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