That’s worth repeating: the hundreds of thousands of people who called and emailed and wrote to the FCC and their elected officials over the past year demanding that the government protect the internet were actually heard. Sometimes the system does work.
I’m not saying it’s a perfect system — it’s not — or even that this is the best possible outcome in the best possible world. I wish there was so much competition for broadband access that we didn’t need additional regulation; I’d take a world where Verizon offered fast lanes and slow lanes if I could easily switch to a Comcast service that treated everything equally. That’s how it’s supposed to work; that kind of intense competition is why the tech industry moves so fast.
Nilay Patel wrote a great article about Net Neutrality. The FCC just reclassified the Internet as a utility!