I promised a post to explain why net neutrality is an issue. You can watch Tuesday’s (March 11, 2008) Congressional hearing on this subject here (about 2 hours) On the other hand, I don’t know if I can do better than John Hodgman on this score, so here he is.
This is a live issue, there are hearings in Congress and we will likely see legislative activity in the near future. The financial stakes for the big companies who use the internet are high, and the stakes for citizens as consumers and as participants in the political community (two different things) are even greater.
For more information, see Save the Internet (advocacy organization supported by a politically diverse coalition in favor of net neutrality).