A Net Neutrality Case Study

Apparently anyone who gets their Internet connection from Cablevision was blocked from accessing Fox programming on Hulu yesterday. Here is a screen shot a Fortune columnist took and shared on the web.

Cablevision block

This is the kind of stuff that happens in the world of cable television every once in a while when cable companies and the programming companies have a fight over their contracts.

This is the kind of stuff that should not happen on the web. The way this should work on the web is each and every consumer should have a subscription (via Hulu or direct with Fox) to recieve programming. And once that contract is entered into, they should be able to get that content regardless of how they get their Internet connection.

If you want to know what we are fighting for, this is it. I see more signs every day that we need some basic rules governing Internet access.  Maybe we shouldn't call it Net Neutrality. Maybe we should call it a bill of rights for consumers on the Internet.

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