In a vote of 52 to 46, the US Senate has blocked the attempts by internet service providers (ISP) to stop "Net Neutrality" laws to take effect. What does this mean? It means that there is nothing done in data communication will be restricted by the whim of ISP and wireless companies.
There are many instances where an ISP will block or charge for certain functionality on the internet for its subscribers. Common issues come in the form of blocking competitor's websites, limiting peer-to-peer connections, charging fees for certain internet traffic, and other data discrimination actions. Now, such behavior by our ISPs is over.
The most boiled down statement for net neutrality says if the ISPs have the right to block internet activity, they can block free speech. What we are dealing with here is a monopoly of internet controllers vs the people. Every monopoly should realize, the people will stop their tyranny.
Net neutrality takes effect November 20th, 2011.
A big advocate for net neutrality, Columbia law professor Tim Wu, made his case before congress back in 2008. Three years later, his plight is law.