2014 is shaping up to be a terrible year for the free and open Internet. A federal court struck down the net neutrality rules that prevent charming companies like Comcast and Time Warner Cable from playing favorites with website speeds. For example: Let's say Comcast's cable division gets tired of competing with Netflix. Without net neutrality, Comcast can slow down Netflix and charge consumers to speed it back up. The ruling was terrible, but it was made possible by a chain of events set in motion years before. In order to really understand why this is happening, we'll need to follow the money.