Submitted by New Media Rights last modified Fri, 02/01/2008 - 12:38pm
Protecting an open, neutral Internet also means promoting economic competition, which is good for consumers. Just as the examples of innovation above are allowed to flourish due to a neutral Internet infrastructure, many of the same services, with VOIP and other communications services as key examples, provide important competitive alternatives in traditionally monopolized industries.
If the Internet gave preference to certain companies and services, it would simply give your attention, time, and money to the highest bidder, rather than allowing a free marketplace for ideas, information, and services.
In sum, the network that provides your Internet access should not be choosing what content and services you want to see. You should always have the choice how you spend your time and money! Network Neutrality ensures the Internet remains an engine of innovation and levels the economic playing field.