I confess that I have not paid much attention to all of the stories about network neutrality and AT&T’s attempts to start charging content providers a toll to take full advantage of the bandwidth they provide to residential customers because my mind has been made up from the beginning. As a customer, I buy a certain amount of bandwidth from a telco (in my case, Time Warner), and I expect to be able to use all of it to download whatever I like. Content providers buy their own bandwidth. They can use it for whatever they like. This is the status quo I expect will be preserved.
I realize that other people may not have enough information to be similarly convinced. Yesterday Scott Rosenberg recommended a Salon article by Farhad Manjoo that explains what’s at stake. I’d like to second the recommendation.