On 21 December, that the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) had passed its rule governing net neutrality 3-2 along party lines. The topic has been a source of partisan wrangling for years. Advocates of net neutrality argue users should control content viewed and applications used—that a level playing-field promotes democratic participation and free speech. Broadband providers and telephone companies, though, want freedom to boost profits by deciding which content gets to whom first and fastest. Both sides argue theirs is the course encouraging economic innovation.