Neutralism: The Strange Philosophy Behind the Movement for Net Neutrality

Published October 5, 2009

This Heartland Policy Study by telecommunications and information technology expert James G. Lakely examines the philosophy that underlies the movement for network neutrality. “Neutralism” is a strange and radical philosophy that stands in striking contrast to the innocuous-sounding Internet “freedom” its advocates call for. Understanding the philosophy of neutralism helps explain why network neutrality would have consequences that are quite the opposite of what its proponents claim.