A wonky bit of tech policy called “net neutrality” has been making the headlines this week as government regulators voted to expand their authority over the Internet. Opposed by the telecoms but championed by consumer advocates, the new rules give the Federal Communications Commission more power to regulate how companies like Comcast and Verizon handle Internet traffic.
But what is net neutrality? Here’s a collection of some of the best stories explaining the concept – and yesterday’s decision – from around the web:
1. If you need a general explainer of what’s been going on, look no further than Brian Fung’s piece from the Washington Post:
2. Want to have a better grasp of what’s slated to happen next? Here’s the Wall Street Journal’s take from after the decision was handed out:
3. This explainer from Vox summed up what the dissenting Republican commissioners of the FCC had to say:
4. Care to read some of Wheeler’s statements from yesterday? Ars Technica has you covered:
5. And here’s how Google’s silence helped the case big-time, according to Wired: