From online ballot-stuffing to trolling, we have previously discussed the many ways that online consultations can be compromised. The FCC’s consultation on net neutrality has become the latest victim in efforts to undermine and discredit the online citizen engagement process.
Net neutrality is the principle which states that internet service providers (ISPs), such as Verizon, AT&T, or Comcast, must treat all data the same. To put it plainly, ISPs cannot charge customers more for access or faster connections to certain content or websites. This principle has been crucial to ensuring free and equal access to information online.