Avoid Hampering the Internet through Net Neutrality Regulation

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Some observers have speculated that 2009 may finally see net neutrality—the policy that network owners may not give priority or otherwise discriminate between different kinds of data—enshrined into law. But recently, even some of the most ardent net neutrality supporters have softened their stances. It is quickly becoming obvious that private, voluntary arrangements for distributing content are essential mechanisms for the Internet to efficiently cope with the growing amount of content distributed online.