“The sixth principle is a transparency principle — stating that providers of broadband Internet access must be transparent about their network management practices.”
Why does the FCC need to adopt this principle? The Internet evolved through open standards. It was conceived as a tool whose user manual would be free and available to all. But new network management practices and technologies challenge this original understanding. Today, broadband providers have the technical ability to change how the Internet works for millions of users — with profound consequences for those users and content, application, and service providers around the world.
The real difference is that now, as in the ongoing Comcast case regarding Comcast’s throttling of Bittorrent, the details of what net neutrality means will be debated and honed.