Keep an eye on the U.S. Senate on Tuesday, June 13, as it holds hearings on "net neutrality," the concept that Internet content should be uniformly and freely accessible without interference from Internet service providers (ISPs). Pending congressional legislation could permit ISPs to provide access selectively—to sites whose owners have paid fees to move their content more quickly (or exclusively) to ISP subscribers.
Organizations representing all parts of the political spectrum have joined a coalition that seeks to keep all Internet traffic "neutral," with no site or search engine receiving preferential treatment. For more information, check out the coalition's Web site, http://www.savetheinternet.com/.
In addition, the Alliance for a Media Literate America is keeping an eye on the issue on its Web site, http://www.amlainfo.org/.