Internet speeds might slow down Weâ€™re About to Lose Net Neutrality â€” And the Internet as We Know It BY*MARVIN AMMORINet neutrality is a dead man walking. The execution date isnâ€™t set, but it could be days, or months (at best). And since net neutrality is the principle forbidding huge telecommunications companies from treating users, websites, or apps differently â€” say, by letting some work better than others over their pipes â€” the dead man walking isnâ€™t some abstract or far-removed principle just for wonks: It affects the internet as we all know it.Once upon a time, companies like AT&T, Comcast, Verizon, and others declared a war on the internetâ€™s foundational principle: that its networks should be â€œneutralâ€ and users donâ€™t need anyoneâ€™s permission to invent, create, communicate, broadcast, or share online. The neutral and level playing field provided bypermissionless innovation*has empowered all of us with the freedom to express ourselves and innovate online without having to*seek the permission*of a remote telecom executive.But today, that freedom wonâ€™t survive much longer if a federal court â€” the second most powerful court in the nation behind the Supreme Court, the DC Circuit â€” is set to strike down the nationâ€™s net neutrality law, a rule adopted by the Federal Communications Commission in 2010. Some will claim the new solution â€œsplits the babyâ€ in a way that somehow doesnâ€™t kill net neutrality and so we should be grateful. But make no mistake: Despite eight years of public and political activism by multitudes fighting for*freedom*on the internet, a court decision may soon take it away.