Columbia Law professor and author of Who Controls the Internet and The Master Switch Tim Wu coined the term “net neutrality” in 2003.
“The Internet is the utility of our current existence. People, businesses, everyone expects to get what they want when they ask for it,” Wu told me. “So in order for the country to grow, and for people to be able to connect with each other, I think it’s very important to have principles of net neutrality. What the [cable companies] want to do is create a toll booth. They want to be able to charge Google to reach you; net neutrality stops them from charging people.”
Photograph by Shay Lari-Hosain