A history lesson: how US telecom became such a trainwreck's Robert Hallock writes:

It cannot be contended that the BP oil spill, the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan or the healthcare debate have left a minor mark on the face of American politics. Behind these hot-button issues, however, lurks another important discussion with the potential for an even wider impact: net neutrality.

Succinctly, the net neutrality debate is one that will shape the future of every American’s relationship with the Internet. It is the simple choice between giving ISPs the ability to run roughshod over the economy and freedom of the ‘net, or forbidding them from having any say about what you do beyond the letter of the law.

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