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September 09, 2013 2:18 PM This Is What Net Neutrality Is Really About

By Daniel Luzer

I have to admit that net neutrality, the principle that Internet service providers and governments should treat all data on the Internet equally and not discriminate or charging differently by user, content, site, platform, application, or mode of communication, is one of those policy areas about which I haven’t paid much attention.

Probably like most people I tend to think of it as one of those things about which only the world’s nerds need be concerned.

But this video might change your impression of what is at stake.

“The Internet Must Go” is satirical documentary in the Michael Moore tradition in which several the country’s biggest internet service providers, Verizon, ATT&T, Time Warner, and Comcast, hire market researcher John Wooley, who is hired to help sell their vision for net non-neutrality or, as they call it, a “faster, cleaner” Internet.

This is what he discovered.

The movie features Senator Al Franken(D-MN), “The Daily Show” regular John Hodgman, innovators like Eli Pariser of Upworthy and music by R.E.M., Death Cab for Cutie, Bon Iver, Spoon, OK Go, and Moby.

Check out “The Internet Must Go” website here.

Daniel Luzer is the news editor at Governing Magazine and former web editor of the Washington Monthly. Find him on Twitter: @Daniel_Luzer
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