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AT&T and DirecTV commit to net neutrality - for 3 years

AT&T and DirecTV commit to net neutrality - for 3 years
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You've probably been hearing a lot about Net Neutrality lately. And that's with good reason. It's the hot tech topic these days. But what is it?

Net Neutrality at its heart means that Internet service providers treat every website on the Internet equally. Therefore, under Net Neutrality, ISPs have to treat a small mom-and-pop website the same as giants like Google or Netflix.

The FCC has met the Net Neutrality issue with resistance, but there's some good news. AT&T will acquire DirectTV, which is the second-largest American wireless company with the second-largest pay-TV distributor.

I know what you're thinking ... "What does this mean for me?"

“This is a unique opportunity that will redefine the video entertainment industry and create a company able to offer new bundles and deliver content to consumers across multiple screens—mobile devices, TVs, laptops, cars, and even airplanes," said Randall Stephenson, AT&T Chairman and CEO, in a prepared statement.

Not only will this merger benefit the consumer, the two companies have pledged to commit to Net Neutrality for three years.

The two companies will demonstrate "continued commitment for three years after closing to the FCC's Open Internet protections established in 2010, irrespective of whether the FCC re-establishes such protections for other industry participants following the DC Circuit Court of Appeals vacating those rules." (These are the rules that were recently struck down and only impact Comcast at the moment due to that company's previous merger with NBCU.)

Want to know more? Click here for the three things you need to know about Net Netrality. 

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Source: Ars Technica
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