September 19, 2012 | Entrepreneur.com
You’ve barely heard about it during the 2012 campaign, but net neutrality is another issue important to businesses where the presidential candidates disagree.
Under net neutrality rules imposed by the Federal Communication Commission, companies that provide wired internet service are required to treat all online content equally, much as phone companies must put through all calls without regard to who is calling. ISPs may not give preferential treatment, or “fast lanes,” to their own content or content from parties that will pay more. Nor may they block or impede content that’s controversial or competes with their own offerings.
Net neutrality has been championed by Democrats, who say that the rules are needed to safeguard the open lanes that have allowed online commerce to flourish and powered tech entrepreneurship, economic growth and good high-tech jobs.