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Net Neutrality

Net neutrality is a set of rules adopted by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) which say Internet Service Providers (ISPs) such as Comcast, Time Warner, AT&T, and Verizon, cannot block, throttle, or prioritize certain content on the Internet.

This Summer, Take Some Time to Stand Up for Net Neutrality  EFF

As we head into the August, Congress will be on recess and most of your senators and representatives will be heading back to their home states. That means it'll ...

Net neutrality stifles investment and innovation  The Maine Wire

Lawmakers and special interests always seem to title their bills with buzzwords that make them sound like they are going to save humanity. H.R. 1644, otherwise ...

Why net neutrality is an economic debate - Georgetown Public Policy Review  Georgetown Public Policy Review

The court of public opinion has seemingly swung in favor of net neutrality. So much so that Congress—including both Democrats and Republicans—is not ...

Kamala Harris says she will restore net neutrality if elected  The Daily Dot

Sen. Kamala Harris will reverse the 'disastrous' FCC decision to repeal net neutrality if elected president in the 2020 election, her campaign said.

No Net Neutrality Questions In Four Debates Hosted By ISP-Owned Networks  Forbes

Through four Democratic debates, the topic of net neutrality hasn't come up once. Some wonder if it has to do with the fact that the networks hosting the debates ...

FCC finally gets around to denying net neutrality complaint against Verizon  Ars Technica

The Federal Communications Commission has finally gotten around to denying a net neutrality complaint filed against Verizon in July 2016, two years before the ...

Warren pledges to restore net neutrality if elected  The Daily Dot

Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) announced that she would appoint commissioners to the FCC who would restore net neutrality rules if elected president.

What to Expect When You're Expecting a Net Neutrality Decision  Benton Foundation

The court's net neutrality decision may come down tomorrow, next week, next month, or several months from now. Here's a look at what comes next.

Rules would protect rural broadband growth | Western Colorado  The Grand Junction Daily Sentinel

The Colorado Public Utilities Commission proposed new regulations Friday to deal with any telecommunications company operating in the state that violates ...

Bernie Sanders makes reinstating net neutrality a campaign promise  TechCrunch

Senator Bernie Sanders (I-VT) has made reinstating net neutrality via FCC appointments one of his campaign promises, the Daily Dot reported today. He is far ...

Wireless Carriers throttle videos and lawmakers raise questions on net neutrality, the fundamental law of FCC  Digital Information World

Although it was hinted earlier, the study proved few days ago that wireless carrier throttle videos based websites regularly.

FFTF Pushes For Net Neutrality Question in Debates  Broadcasting & Cable

Net neutrality activist Fight for the Future is trying to push CNN to ask a question about "restoring network neutrality" in Tuesday and Wednesday nights' ...

FCC Denies Net Neutrality Complaint Against Verizon Wireless  Multichannel News

The FCC has denied a network neutrality complaint against Verizon Wireless for lack of evidence, saying it also independently investigated the allegations and ...

These 2020 Dems promise an FCC that will restore net neutrality  The Daily Dot

The Daily Dot asked the 2020 Democratic presidential hopefuls whether they would appoint FCC commissioners who would overturn the net neutrality repeal.

Think Video on Your Phone Is Slow? It’s Not Your Imagination  WIRED

A new report by researchers at Northeastern University confirms that the nation's four major wireless carriers throttle at least some video *content* on their ...

Over 100 activist groups urge McConnell to take up net neutrality bill in the Senate | TheHill  The Hill

A coalition of more than 100 activist groups is urging Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) to take up a bill in the upper chamber to restore net ...

Wireless Carriers Throttling Netflix, YouTube, Prime Video, According To Study  Forbes

In the absence of net neutrality, wireless carriers are slowing customers' speeds.

Reflecting On One Year Without Net Neutrality  Forbes

June 2019 marks one year since the repeal of the Federal Communications Commission's (FCC) net neutrality rules took effect. The net neutrality regulations ...

Net Neutrality Battles Heat Up in Congress and Beyond  ConsumerReports.org

In Congress, a net neutrality bill has passed the House, while net neutrality state laws and a federal lawsuit move ahead. Consumer Reports explains what ...

We Survived the Net-Neutrality Apocalypse  National Review

Opponents of the FCC's decision to loosen Title II regulations told us the Internet as we know it would end. It didn't.

Media News: More Mergers, Less Players And Net Neutrality Still On The Ropes  Blog for Iowa

Gannett and GateHouse: USA Today, The Des Moines Register and The Iowa City Press-Citizen are newspapers that most iowans are familiar with.

The FCC said repealing net-neutrality rules would help consumers: It hasn’t  Yahoo Finance

The end of net neutrality was supposed to bring consumers better internet speeds and more broadband companies to choose from. It hasn't.

Why Net Neutrality Advocates Remain Optimistic  WIRED

A member of Congress and an FCC commissioner urge supporters to keep up the pressure to restore net neutrality despite opposition in the Senate and White ...

The FCC has no idea how many people don't have broadband access  Ars Technica

A new broadband mapping system is starting to show just how inaccurate the Federal Communications Commission's connectivity data is. In Missouri and ...

Do pricier, faster internet plans improve streaming video quality?  UChicago News

Over three-quarters of today's internet traffic comes from streaming video, a number that is only projected to rise over time. To meet this demand, internet *service* ...

The reregulation of freight rail | Opinion  The Independent

Recently, two major railroad operators, CSX and Union Pacific, reported a significant drop in earnings, in part due to declining rail shipments. This was partially ...

In the United States, Net Neutrality Makes a Comeback  CPO Magazine

The battle to reinstate old Obama-era rules for the Internet is gaining momentum in the United States. In mid-April, House Democrats pushed through a new bill, ...

A Year After the Repeal of Net Neutrality, Debate Rages On  Government Technology

(TNS) — Tuesday was the anniversary of the repeal of net neutrality, and advocates seized the opportunity to call on senators to pass the Save the Internet Act ...

Net Neutrality: Not New, But More Important Than Ever  Public Knowledge Tech News and Comment

Today marks the one year anniversary that the repeal of net neutrality, led by Federal Communications Commission Chairman Ajit Pai, went into effect. We're ...

Net Neutrality Goes Back To Court  NPR

The Internet once again finds itself in court today, as the Federal Communications Commission defends its decision to repeal net neutrality rules put in place by ...

Net Neutrality Could Be “Make or Break” for Those in Real Estate  Daily Beast

The FCC. Congress. Internet. Real estate. These words are all linked together through one important topic: net neutrality. Net neutrality represents the idea that ...

A Year Without Net Neutrality: No Big Changes (Yet)  WIRED

Internet providers have refrained from blocking *content* or creating "fast lanes" while battles continue in the courts and among lawmakers.

Net neutrality was repealed a year ago — what’s happened since?  The Verge

It's been a year since net neutrality was repealed. Gigi Sohn, a distinguished fellow at Georgetown Law's Institute for Technology Law and Policy, chats with ...

The 4 biggest US wireless carries throttle mobile video streams: study  Business Insider

The Big Four US wireless carriers are reportedly throttling mobile video *content* regardless of whether their networks are being overloaded, according to a study ...

Activists interrupt Pelosi award ceremony in San Francisco, demand she take action to impeach Trump  San Francisco Chronicle

Activists interrupted a ceremony in a San Francisco hotel where House Speaker Nancy Pelosi was being honored Wednesday evening and demanded that she ...

Net Neutrality Gets a Power-Up from Democrats  WIRED

Democrats in the House and Senate introduced a bill on Wednesday that would restore Obama-era net neutrality rules, a response to a December 2017 vote by ...

Gov. Inslee declares bid for third term in Olympia  Q13 News Seattle

SEATTLE – Washington state Gov. Jay Inslee announced Thursday morning he is planning to run for a third term serving in the state's highest office after ...

U.S. House to vote to reinstate net neutrality rules in April  Reuters

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The Democratic-led U.S. House of Representatives will vote in April on a bill to reinstate landmark net neutrality rules repealed by the ...

Sorry, FCC—killing net neutrality probably didn’t expand internet access  MIT Technology Review

If you believe the US Federal Communications Commission, last June's end of net neutrality—the system that required internet *service* providers to treat all data ...

Hillsboro, Ore.’s Internet Plan to Undercut Commercial ISPs  Government Technology

The city plans to offer speeds of up to 4 gigabits through its forthcoming HiLight *service*. Backers of publicly funded Internet say municipal projects are necessary ...

Net Neutrality Bill Advances In House  Forbes

Subcommittee vote moves House bill along, but the partisan gulf over how to properly regulate broadband *service* remains as wide as ever.

Does net neutrality still matter in our post-web world?  ZDNet

What we think the public Internet is has already been replaced with a vision of the digital marketplace that's more reflective of our society. So why are we trying to ...

U.S. House to vote on net neutrality bill on Tuesday  Reuters

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The Democratic-led U.S. House of Representatives is set to vote on Tuesday on a bill to reinstate landmark net neutrality rules ...

Trump's Deregulation Promise  Daily Signal

Trump announces, "We have cut 22 regulations for every new regulation!" He exaggerated, as he often does. The real number is about five.

Democrats to push to reinstate repealed 'net neutrality' rules  Reuters

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Democrats in the U.S. Congress plan to unveil legislation on Wednesday to reinstate “net neutrality” rules that were repealed by the ...

Broadband Providers Are Quietly Taking Advantage of an Internet Without Net Neutrality Protections  Public Knowledge Tech News and Comment

In December 2017, the Federal Communications Commission under Chairman Ajit Pai voted to repeal net neutrality rules enacted two years earlier. While 83 ...

Net Neutrality Needs An Alternate Narrative  Multichannel News

On April 10, Democrats in the House voted to reinstate network neutrality regulations adopted by the Federal Communications Commission in 2015. The vote is ...

How the Net Neutrality Debate Complicates Internet Data Privacy  InsideSources

The multi-year net neutrality battle may be complicating efforts to regulate internet data privacy while hurting consumers. The U.S. Government.

Could Congress Settle the Net Neutrality Debate, Once and for All?  Variety

As net neutrality goes through its fourth go-around in the courts, what are the chances that Congress will find a fix?

Average internet speed up one year after net neutrality repeal  Washington Examiner

Nearly a year after the repeal of net neutrality took effect, the average internet speed in the United States for fixed broadband rose 28% and the country is now ...

Net Neutrality Updates  American Libraries

How will the pending Mozilla et al v. Federal Communications Commission (FCC) case on net neutrality affect libraries?

Net Neutrality Debate Revving Back Up Again, Stuck In Same Gear  Forbes

Congress begins debate on net neutrality amid hardened positions. It's hard to see how the logjam over Title II regulation gets broken.

Here's what you need to know about the bill to restore Net Neutrality  Popular Science

Less than a year ago, the internet was awash with advocacy for Net Neutrality. But, in 2018, the deceivingly-named Restoring Internet Freedom bill effectively ...

These are the 2019 court fights that will decide the future of net neutrality  Washington Post

The battle over net neutrality is far from over. Although the Federal Communications Commission last year officially nixed the Obama-era rules governing the ...

We All Agree on Net Neutrality, Except When We Don't …Again  Benton Foundation

Analysis of top communications policy stories of the week. On Thursday, February 7, 2019, the House Communications Subcommittee held the hearing ...

Net Neutrality Bill Passes Crucial Committee Vote  EFF

Congress took a big step today toward protecting net neutrality, competition, and privacy for Internet users. The House Energy and Commerce Committee just ...

Restore net neutrality  Toledo Blade

The restoration of net neutrality rules — controversially rescinded by the Federal Communications Commission two years ago — should be a no-brainer for ...

What Net Neutrality In California Could Mean For Facebook, Google And Apple  Forbes

The State of California has decided to cool its jets, at least temporarily, on its net neutrality law passed earlier this year. The state will await the ruling of a lawsuit ...

Google PAC donations may be activist employees’ next target  The Mercury News

Donations to certain politicians raise concerns from workers and others.

Net Neutrality Fake-Off Shows Politics Are Messed Up  Forbes

Three congressional bills offering an 'open internet' have been widely scorned by web advocates, and now a Gizmodo report has linked millions of fake public ...

Social Justice or Inequality: The Heart of the Net Neutrality Debate  Benton Foundation

The impact of the open internet on social justice contrasted with history of broasting/mass media.

The Future of Net Neutrality  The Nation.

Not long ago, net neutrality was a hot topic. Facing imminent rollback, the Obama-era classification of Internet *service* providers (ISPs) as “common carriers,” ...

Net neutrality debate is really about the ballooning regulatory state  Washington Examiner

House Democrats' nearly straight party-line vote to reinstate the Obama-era net neutrality rules on April 10 was only the latest indication of their dissatisfaction ...

Net neutrality battle heads to court in 2019  CNET

Time's run out for net neutrality supporters hoping to restore Obama-era regulations using a legislative loophole, but the fight's far from over as it heads to federal ...

The Biggest Lies We Heard About Net Neutrality This Week  Gizmodo

Consumer protection” isn't a phrase you'll find on the resume of a person who devises dishonest, meaningless soundbites like, “Net neutrality is about ...

Lawmakers act to ensure continuation of net neutrality in NJ  NJ Spotlight

Federal agency had rolled back Obama-era rules mandating equal access to internet *content* as of last June.

Reddit Co-founder, Congresswoman advocate for net neutrality at Law School event  The Stanford Daily

Congresswoman Anna Eshoo says Washington, D.C. is the only location where there is still debate about the value of net neutrality. “People across the country ...

U.S. defends FCC's repeal of net neutrality rules  Reuters

The Trump administration defended the Federal Communications Commission repeal of landmark open internet rules known as net neutrality, urging a federal ...

Net Neutrality Has Officially Been Repealed. Here’s How That Could Affect You.  The New York Times

Net Neutrality rules that required internet *service* providers to offer equal access to all web *content* are no longer in effect as of Monday.

What Is Net Neutrality and Why Is It Important in 2019?  TheStreet Tech

Net neutrality is back in the news, and it's about to change your life....CMCSA.

Why Congress Shouldn't Restore Net Neutrality  Daily Signal

Just over one year ago, the Federal Communications Commission voted 3-2 to repeal the network neutrality rules it adopted in 2015. However, the FCC ...

JOHN STOSSEL: Trump keeps promise to kill bad rules  The Northwest Florida Daily News

What the media don't get is that regulations have unintended side effects that often outweigh the good they're intended to do. President Donald Trump promised ...

Congress, Not the Courts, Could End the Net Neutrality Debate  Government Technology

At the heart of the issue is a simple definition that could put an end to the whole debacle. What kind of “*service*” is the Internet — telecommunications or ...

Democrats' latest net neutrality bill is a partisan death sentence for internet innovation  USA TODAY

The internet is not crumbling. It is not grinding to a slow trickle. It does not need saving by a government superhero with regulatory super powers.

Good news; the market has neutered net neutrality  Washington Examiner

It's been a year since the world ended. In case you didn't notice, that dire event took place when the Trump administration ended the policy of net neutrality.

GAO Report: The Net Neutrality Debate Complicates Data Privacy  Government Technology

The problem is — as the U.S. Government Accountability Office report notes — the Federal Communications Commission and Federal Trade Commission ...

The State of Net Neutrality  American Libraries

In June, the FCC overturned the net neutrality rules the agency established in 2015. Since then, many states and other entities have taken it upon themselves to ...

Killing Net Neutrality Rules Did Far More Harm Than You Probably Realize  Techdirt

We've noted repeatedly that the repeal of net neutrality did far more than just kill popular net neutrality rules. It effectively neutered the FCC's ability to do its job ...

What's Changed Since Net Neutrality Repeal A Year Ago  Wisconsin Public Radio News

It's been about a year since regulations enforcing net neutrality were repealed. These regulations were intended to ensure that internet *service* providers like ...

Surprisingly, the world didn't end without net neutrality  Washington Examiner

Congressional Democrats want you to think that they're going to save the Internet. But the Internet never needed saving.

Maine Passes Net Neutrality Law 06/27/2019  MediaPost Communications

Maine Gov. Janet Mills has signed a bill imposing the Obama-era net neutrality rules on Internet *service* providers that do business with the state. The measure ...

Net Neutrality Bill Passes Key Vote, Heads to Full Committee  InsideSources

Democrats' Save the Internet Act, which would restore former net neutrality rules, passed the House Subcommittee on Communications and Technology.

Republicans Urge Democrats to Collaborate on a Bipartisan Net Neutrality Bill  InsideSources

Three Republicans introduced their own net neutrality bills, and they sent a letter to House Democrats asking them to collaborate on a bipartisan bill.

Facebook tells us why net neutrality regulation is a bad idea  American Enterprise Institute

View related *content*: Technology and Innovation, Telecommunications. It probably wasn't intentional, but Facebook has again demonstrated why net neutrality ...

This week: Democrats revive net neutrality fight | TheHill  The Hill

House Democrats are set to revive a fight over the Obama-era net neutrality rules, putting them on a collision course with the White House and the ...

Net Neutrality Bill to Be Marked Up This Week  Multichannel News

The bill to restore FCC net neutrality rules will be marked up in full committee April 3.

#TBT: ZTE restarts after export ban; CBRS optimism; 5G in space… this week in 2018  RCR Wireless News

Just one year ago, ZTE was recovering from the U.S. export ban and the CBRS Alliance was hoping that initial commercial deployment would come in 2018.

The Supreme Court won’t take up net neutrality  Washington Post

The Supreme Court said Monday that it will not hear a closely watched case over the future of the Internet — rejecting a petition by telecom industry groups to ...

Republicans say they want net neutrality rules, too  CNET

The problem is, they don't want the FCC to be the cop on the beat.

Why feds can’t block California’s net neutrality bill  The Verge

California just passed the toughest state-level net neutrality law in the nation, and within hours, the Department of Justice sued the state to block the law from ...

Stossel: Trump's promise to rid us of excessive rules  Prescott Daily Courier

President Donald Trump promised he'd get rid of bad rules. “Remove the anchor dragging us down!” he said when campaigning for president. “We're going to ...

Here's Why Net Neutrality Still Matters One Year After Repeal  Techdirt

One year ago the FCC ignored a bipartisan majority of the public and killed popular net neutrality consumer protections at lobbyist behest. But contrary to ...

Another Net Neutrality Day of Action Draws Fewer Big Names  WIRED

Etsy and Tumblr will prod users to call legislators ahead of a Dec. 10 deadline for Congress to restore net neutrality protections.

This net neutrality rule has real consequences for cellular data bills  The Verge

A lack of net neutrality rules can have real-world consequences on wireless data prices, according to a new study by Epicenter.works. The new data from dozens ...

FCC Chair Ajit Pai Says Internet Speeds Have Increased Since Net Neutrality Repeal  Observer

The controversial head of the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) Ajit Pai defended his decision to repeal net neutrality with stats on faster internet ...

FFTC: House Dems Seek Bipartisan Net Neutrality Bill  Multichannel News

Net neutrality activists at Fight for the Future (FFTF) say they have gotten hold of a draft letter signed by almost four dozen Democratic House members calling for ...

4 in 5 Americans say they support net neutrality: poll | TheHill  The Hill

Eighty percent of Americans say they support net neutrality, a boon to Democrats who are currently pushing legislation on the issue in the House, according to a.

47 Democrats cave on net neutrality after GOP calls bill “dead on arrival”  Ars Technica

Forty-seven Democratic members of Congress are calling for a net neutrality compromise with Republicans, who have refused to support a full restoration of the ...

Net Neutrality Repeal, Evidence Shows, Is Doing None of the Good Stuff Ajit Pai and Telecom Industry Promised  Common Dreams

The telecom industry and Federal Communications Commission (FCC) Chairman Ajit Pai justified the Republican repeal of net neutrality protections in ...

Court Signals Green Light for Net Neutrality Argument  Multichannel News

Says government shutdown won't delay issue's latest day in court.

What is Net Neutrality?

Net neutrality is the principle that Internet service providers must treat all data on the Internet the same, and not discriminate or charge differently by user, content, website, platform, application, type of attached equipment, or method of communication. For instance, under these principles, internet service providers are unable to intentionally block, slow down or charge money for specific websites and online content.

The term was coined by Columbia University media law professor Tim Wu in 2003, as an extension of the longstanding concept of a common carrier, which was used to describe the role of telephone systems.

A widely cited example of a violation of net neutrality principles was the Internet service provider Comcast's secret slowing ("throttling") of uploads from peer-to-peer file sharing (P2P) applications by using forged packets. Comcast did not stop blocking these protocols, like BitTorrent, until the FCC ordered them to stop. In another minor example, The Madison River Communications company was fined US$15,000 by the FCC, in 2004, for restricting their customers' access to Vonage, which was rivaling their own services. AT&T was also caught limiting access to FaceTime, so only those users who paid for AT&T's new shared data plans could access the application. In July 2017, Verizon Wireless was accused of throttling after users noticed that videos played on Netflix and Youtube were slower than usual, though Verizon commented that it was conducting "network testing" and that net neutrality rules permit "reasonable network management practices".

Research suggests that a combination of policy instruments will help realize the range of valued political and economic objectives central to the network neutrality debate. Combined with strong public opinion, this has led some governments to regulate broadband Internet services as a public utility, similar to the way electricity, gas, and the water supply are regulated, along with limiting providers and regulating the options those providers can offer.