Net neutrality is an issue that has the ability to redefine the way that Internet users access data. People who support net neutrality believe that Internet users should be in control of the content they view and the applications they use over the Internet. It is important to know that this is the principle upon which the Internet currently operates. Net neutrality does not want to change anything about the Internet; rather, it desires to put legislation in place that will prevent the government or corporations from putting restrictions on what users can view or access over the Internet in the future.

The following video clip from the August 19, 2006, episode of The Daily Show gives a humorous, but very complete summary of the net neutrality issue and what it could mean for the average Internet user.

Net neutrality has become an issue in government at this time because the US is in the process of considering new telecommunications laws that do not contain provisions that protect the current neutral state of the Internet. Without legal protections in place, telecom companies have been looking at ways to regulate information that passes along the Internet, creating a tiered Internet that would allow some data to be accessed more easily by users than other data. (For more information, go to Net Competition) The possibility of losing "Internet Free Speech," as the neutrality of the Internet is known, has caused proponents of net neutrality to stand up and fight for stronger net neutrality language in bills before the Senate at this time. However, the ignorance of the general public in regards to these issues makes it difficult to know which way the representatives will vote.

It is important to note that it is the current neutrality of the Internet that allows so many individuals and start-up companies to make it big over the Internet. It also allows information, innovations, and ideas to pass freely from any person to any other person, without any government or corporate regulation on what is said, shared, or shown. If we are not willing to give up our right to free speech in real life, we should stop and think about what it will mean to give up our right to free speech over the Internet.