Ball n ChainAh, the old ball ‘n chain…Wait, on the computer? What could it possibly mean?

Well, I’ll tell you.

A recent verdict by the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia basically obliterated a Federal Communications Commission (FCC) order from 2010 that said Internet service providers (ISPs) like Verizon, AT&T, Comcast and Time Warner Cable had to abide by the principles of network neutrality.

Under the protection of these principles, the management process of the ISPs had to be clear, and as the Huffington Post writes, they were not to “engage in practices that block, stifle or discriminate against (lawful) websites or traffic types on the Internet.” In other words, no favoritism could be shown by these providers.

But now the game has changed and “net neutrality” may be a thing of the past.

Read more at EURThisNThat.