June 14, 2014 7:00 PM

Five myths of net neutrality

It’s not you. “Net neutrality” is confusing. In 2003, law professor Tim Wu coined the term, which captures the idea that the Internet should be an impartial conduit for the information that travels through it. As broadband Internet has replaced dial-up in the United States, the Federal Communications Commission has struggled to come up with rules to make sure high-speed Internet service providers adhere to the principle of “neutrality.” Fans and foes of net neutrality both say that if they don’t get their way, the Internet will be ruined. But will it?

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