net neutrality

What is net neutrality?

net neutrality meaning in Information Science terminology / glossary / dictionary is:

In network design, the principle that an electronic public information network, such as the Internet, will be maximally useful if all content, sites, and platforms are treated equally. In the United States, Congressional legislation has been introduced to allow discrimination by broadband carriers on the basis of quality of service (tiering). Critics maintain that, to remain neutral, the Internet must forward packets on a first-come, first-served basis, without regard for quality of service. Sir Timothy Berners-Lee, inventor of the World Wide Web, is one of the chief proponents of net neutrality: “The neutral communications medium is essential to our society. It is the basis of a fair competitive market economy. It is the basis of democracy, by which a community should decide what to do. It is the basis of science, by which humankind should decide what is true.”


reference: ABC-CLIO