The FCC recently proposed reinstating net neutrality rules. This paper surveys what net neutrality is, its history and place within broader telecommunications regulations, and its impact on internet service.

Key points

– ​Definitions of net neutrality make it seem to be a laudable policy goal, but the specifics of such a regulation precipitate a wholly different outcome.

– Internet speed, access, and affordability have increased more in America under a free market regime than net neutrality.

– ​Proponents of net neutrality continue to cite concerns over the dire consequences of an open market, despite the data indicating otherwise.