Online Learning Update

January 21, 2014

Will Net Neutrality Ruling Doom Online Learning to Second-Class Status?

Filed under: Online Learning News — Ray Schroeder @ 12:13 am

By Dian Schaffhauser, Campus Technology

The ruling this week by a federal court on the Open Internet (Net Neutrality) Order may turn out to be, as one commenter called it, “a terrible idea,” or, as another observer put it, a source of “a lot of overheated rhetoric.” Education, for its part, could well see major changes to how it’s able to deliver learning content to students online while at the same time positioning itself to become a major alternative supplier of broadband in this country. Net neutrality is the idea that all data on the Internet should be treated equally, no matter who’s providing it, where it’s coming from, what it consists of, what devices it touches, or who it’s going to. A YouTube video from Khan Academy, for example, should receive the same treatment by an Internet service provider (ISP) as a movie from Netflix or a commercial from Procter & Gamble.

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