The Federal Communications Commission today meets to map out "rules of the road" for the Internet. The commission is considering net neutrality rules that would prevent companies that operate the broadband network, such as AT & T and Comcast, from slowing or blocking content on the World Wide Web.
Tim Karr with SaveTheInternet.com says equal access to the Internet is important for a healthy democracy.
Karr says the United States has fallen behind other developed countries with nearly 40% of Americans lacking a high-speed Internet connection.
Amalia Deloney with MAG-Net, a grassroots network of media justice advocates, says net neutrality is about increasing access to the Internet, not allowing management policies with the potential to be restrictive.
The new rules the FCC is considering would forbid service providers from blocking access to lawful traffic of their competitors' sites, and require transparency about their management policies. Karr says without net neutrality, the Internet could fall prey to the companies that deliver Internet services. Opponents say the new regulations would hinder further Internet development.