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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. Voters deserve better than net neutrality politics  Forbes
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  1. Gov. Scott defends net neutrality  Brattleboro Reformer
  2. State braces for cable group lawsuit over net neutrality protections
  3. Anticipating lawsuit, Scott says Vermont will "stand up" for net neutrality FOX44 & ABC22
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  1. Up to 9.5 million net neutrality comments were made with stolen identities  Ars Technica
  2. Telecom lobbyists investigated over fake net neutrality comments  The Verge
  3. New York Attorney General Expands Investigation Into Bogus Net Neutrality Comments  Motherboard
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  1. Stanford study says almost every unique FCC comment was pro-net neutrality  The Verge
  2. New York attorney general issues subpoenas for alleged corruption of net neutrality comment section  ABC News
  3. Study: Nearly all unique comments to FCC opposed net neutrality repeal  The Hill
  4. Filtering Out the Bots: What Americans Actually Told the FCC about Net ... - Stanford Center for Internet and Society  Stanford Center for Internet and Society
  5. New York Attorney General Expands Inquiry Into Net Neutrality Comments  New York Times
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  1. Manufacturers: FCC Got Net Neutrality Right  Multichannel News
  2. FCC's Ajit Pai talks proposed $100M connected care pilot, rural telehealth funding, opioid epidemic initiatives  MobiHealthNews
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  1. Net Neutrality's End Will Let Power Eat the Internet  Foreign Policy
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  1. Comcast complains it will make less money under Calif. net neutrality law  Ars Technica
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  1. NY's AG Is Trying To Tie Major ISPs To Those Bogus Net Neutrality Comments  Techdirt
  2. New York steps up probe into net neutrality comments  ConsumerAffairs
  3. 99.7% of real FCC comments favoured Net Neutrality, as investigations intensify  KitGuru
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  1. Internet provider groups sue Vermont over net neutrality law  Reuters
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  1. Now You Know: Zazie Beetz Explains Net Neutrality
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  1. Panel to review rules over net neutrality / Smartphone data volumes spur rethink  The Japan News
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  1. California's Attempt at Net Neutrality Clearly Unconstitutional  Competitive Enterprise Institute (blog)
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  1. Here's how the FCC plans to defend its net neutrality repeal in federal court  Washington Post
  2. Be concerned about net neutrality laws  The Philadelphia Tribune
  3. California Adopts Net Neutrality Law; Court Hearing Scheduled for Nov. 14  The National Law Review
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  1. The FCC makes its case for net neutrality repeal  CNET
  2. FCC tells court it has no “legal authority” to impose net neutrality rules  Ars Technica
  3. FCC asks appeals court to uphold 'Net Neutrality' repeal  The Hill
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  1. Telecom licences amended to enforce net neutrality  Vantage Asia
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  1. Why feds can't block California's net neutrality bill  The Verge
  2. California's Net Neutrality Law: What's Happened, What's Next  EFF
  3. Justice Department Sues California To Block State's Net Neutrality Law  NPR
  4. The California-federal government net neutrality showdown, explained  The San Diego Union-Tribune
  5. Net neutrality rises from the dead, and the Trump administration isn't happy  Mashable
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  1. Justice Department Sues to Block California Net Neutrality Law  WIRED
  2. Calif. enacts net neutrality law—US gov't immediately sues to block it [Updated]  Ars Technica
  3. Justice Department Sues to Stop California Net Neutrality Law  New York Times
  4. California sued by DOJ after governor signs 'model' net neutrality bill  The Mercury News
  5. The battle lines are already taking shape in California's legal fight with DOJ over net neutrality  Washington Post
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  1. Broadband industry groups sue California over net neutrality bill  The Verge
  2. Internet providers are joining Trump's DOJ in suing California over net neutrality  Washington Post
  3. Broadband Industry Piles On California, Sues To Stop Net Neutrality Law  Deadline
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  1. Berec chair says net neutrality rules won't hold back 5G services  Telecompaper
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  1. California's Net Neutrality Law Is A Bad Idea -- It's Also Illegal  Forbes
  2. Net Neutrality Must Be Protected  The All State
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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.