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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.

  1. RIP Net Neutrality Unless Resurrected By Legislation Or A Court  Forbes
  2. Net neutrality is officially dead today, but the fight to revive it lives on (Update: Not quite)  TechCrunch
  3. The FCC's Bullshit Order Killing Net Neutrality Hasn't Actually Gone Into Effect—Yet  Gizmodo
  4. Net neutrality is all but officially dead. Now what?  CNET
  5. Net neutrality is all but dead. Here's what happens now.  Mashable
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  1. Net neutrality rollback begins  Marketplace.org
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  1. Net Neutrality Was Repealed, But It's Not Dead Yet  KGUN
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  1. Say good bye to net neutrality: What now? (The 3:59, Ep. 390)  CNET
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  1. For Rural Users, Impacts Of Dismantling Net Neutrality Remain Unknown  WBUR
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  1. #NetNeutrality: The Open Internet Isn't Dead Just Yet  The Root
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  1. Net neutrality comes to an end  Seeking Alpha
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  1. Net-neutrality is over. Now California, Oregon are stepping in  USA TODAY
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  1. Macron's US visit, net neutrality is dead: 5 things you need to know Monday  USA TODAY
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  1. BFA Cites Call for Progressives to Drop Net Neutrality CRA Effort  Broadcasting & Cable
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  1. Letter: Downside of states passing separate net neutrality bills  The Mercury News
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  1. Perspectives: Net Neutrality Needs Federal Legislative Fix  Broadcasting & Cable (blog)
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  1. Net Neutrality Debate Could Last Through Midterm Elections  Danbury News Times
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  1. Opinion: Florida needs real legislation to access a truly open internet  Tallahassee.com
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  1. How Net Neutrality Could Impact the Midterm Elections  CT Post
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  1. Net neutrality ends Monday, internet changes expected  NEWS10 ABC
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  1. Lawmakers push net neutrality at state level  IllinoisHomePage.net
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  1. Net Neutrality Is Officially Over  National Review
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  1. The AT&T merger isn't the biggest threat to cable prices—that would be net neutrality  Quartz
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  1. Net Neutrality is Over Monday, But Experts Say ISPs Will Wait to Screw Us  Inverse
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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.