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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.

Net neutrality bill 38 votes short in Congress, and time has almost run out  Ars Technica

Legislation to restore net neutrality rules now has 180 supporters in the US House of Representatives, but that's 38 votes short of the amount needed before the ...

Small business, big impact: Far-reaching effects of net neutrality repeal  TechGenix

The repeal of net neutrality has been in effect for about six months, and the consequences are clear. Small businesses are taking the biggest hit.

Congress has a couple more weeks to reinstate Obama-era net neutrality rules  CNET

Thanks to a budget impasse between Democrats in Congress and the White House, there may be more time to eke out a long-shot victory for net neutrality ...

Verizon Trims 10,000 Employees Despite Billions in Tax Cuts and Government Favors  Motherboard

Verizon this week announced it would be trimming its workforce by more than 10,000 employees—despite repeatedly claiming the bevy of tax breaks and ...

U.S. Investigating Fake Comments on ‘Net Neutrality’  The Wall Street Journal

The U.S. has launched a criminal investigation into millions of fake comments filed to the FCC last year on rules governing the internet, according to an ...

Net Neutrality  WUTR/WFXV - CNYhomepage.com

Your access to the internet could be changing. Federal Investigators are now looking into millions of faked comments left on the FCC's website about repealing ...

The FBI is now investigating fake anti-net neutrality comments  The Verge

The federal government is now looking into faked comments posted to the FCC's website during its public comments period as the agency moved to roll back net ...

Net neutrality could get a reprieve once Democrats take control of the House  NBC News

Democrats are expected to use their upcoming control of the House to push for strong net neutrality rules, highlighting how the once-wonky concept has become ...

William P. Barr has opposed net neutrality rules for years  Fast Company

Willam P. Barr, who was nominated today, has long opposed net neutrality rules, which would be welcome news for major ISPs like Verizon, AT&T, and ...

The FBI Is Investigating Millions of Fake Net Neutrality Comments  Digital Music News

The FBI has just opened an investigation into millions of falsely-entered comments related to the FCC's rollback of net neutrality.

FCC chairman acknowledges Russians interfered in net neutrality debate  CNET

About half a million comments sent to the agency about the net neutrality repeal were from Russian email addresses, Ajit Pai says in a memo.

Senators oppose FCC plan for ‘rollback of net neutrality’ for text messages  MarketWatch

They urged the commission to avoid the 'blocking or discrimination of lawful *content*'

The wrong way to protect net neutrality | Clark  Reno Gazette Journal

Sound bites may be a good way to win elections, but they are not the best way to govern. The latest proof comes out of California where the state's new ...

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.

FCC Commissioner Says Agency's 'Hiding' What It Knows About Net Neutrality 'Fraud'  Motherboard

As the FCC continues to thwart Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) attempts to shine more light on the bogus comments that plagued the agency's net neutrality ...

Net Neutrality Potentially Gains Powerful Foe in Top Justice Candidate  MAPLight.org

William Barr, who was was appointed by President George H.W. Bush to be US Attorney General, testifies on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC in 1991. President ...

Congress has refused to restore net neutrality as Dec. 10 deadline nears  Ars Technica

There's almost no Republican support for forcing vote to restore net neutrality.

For AT&T and Other ISPs, Net Neutrality Is Far From Settled  D Magazine

Dallas-based AT&T and other Internet *service* providers got what they wanted in June when the Federal Communications Commission abandoned its ...

Inside House Democrats' Plans to Investigate the FCC and Net Neutrality  Mother Jones

Comedians and the Federal Communications Commission have not always been the best of friends. But the conflict between HBO's Last Week Tonight with ...

Activists make final push to save net neutrality  CNET

As an end of year deadline approaches, net neutrality supporters press Congress to roll back the FCC's repeal.

House Democrats Who Haven’t Supported Net Neutrality Yet Have All Taken Money from Telecoms  Motherboard

The deadline to pass the piece of legislation that would allow Congress to overturn the repeal of net neutrality is quickly approaching, yet many Democrats are ...

'What Is the FCC Hiding?' As Net Neutrality Deadline Looms, Agency Refuses FOIA Requests for Crucial Records  Common Dreams

Just days before the Dec. 10 deadline for the House to pass a resolution to restore net neutrality protections, the Republican-controlled FCC on Monday rejected ...

Tech companies, celebs to rally for net neutrality ahead of congressional deadline  CNET

The deadline for lawmakers to take a stance on the Congressional Review Act is Dec. 10.

Proposed Text Message Rules Echo The Fight Over Net Neutrality  ABC Action News

The FCC wants to regulate text messages just as it did broadband internet - and rights groups are worried it could erode consumer protections, too.

Supreme Court on Net Neutrality Review: Not Happening!  No Jitter

Since the earliest days following the D.C. Circuit's decision to uphold the FCC's 2015 Net neutrality rules, seven separate court cases have been appealed to the ...

With Deadline to Save Net Neutrality Days Away, Here Are the 18 Democrats Still Siding With Telecom Donors Over Open Internet  Common Dreams

With just days to go before the Dec. 10 deadline to restore net neutrality protections, Fight for the Future on Wednesday launched a new website to pressure the ...

Net neutrality activists are pressuring Dems who have not signed onto House CRA  The Daily Dot

Net neutrality advocates are pushing Democratic lawmakers who have not signed onto the CRA effort before next week's deadline for it pass.

Don't Let Access Humboldt Go the Way of Net Neutrality  North Coast Journal

Humboldt is in grave danger of losing its public access television station. Operated by Access Humboldt, the station is the sole outlet for the artist...

FCC: Nearly Half of 22 Million Public Comments on Net Neutrality Fake  Media Play News

Erik Gruenwedel. December 6, 2018. Share on Facebook; Tweet · Send email. During the 2017 run-up to the Federal Communication Commission's repeal of ...

Net Neutrality Defenders Announce 'Epic Final Protest' to Demand Congress Repeal FCC Rollback Before Fast-Approaching Deadline  Common Dreams

"Our best chance to save #NetNeutrality is by filing the CRA before December 10th."

Today is the day to push Congress to act on Net Neutrality  Boing Boing

We're just a few Congressional signatures short of triggering the Congressional Review Act on Net Neutrality (we've already got the Senate); and that will push ...

WA prepares for challenges to net neutrality  Crosscut

In late September, California Governor Jerry Brown brought net neutrality back to his constituents with a flick of his pen. In doing so, he ushered the Golden State ...

FCC head Ajit Pai admits Russians interfered in net neutrality process  Metro US

Federal Communications Commission head Ajit Pai admitted that Russia interfered in the public comments process before the FCC's controversial vote to ...

AT&T CEO: State net neutrality and privacy laws are a “total disaster”  Ars Technica

AT&T CEO Randall Stephenson yesterday urged Congress to pass net neutrality and consumer data privacy laws that would prevent states from issuing their ...

Net Neutrality Activists Launch “DemsAgainstThe.Net” to Call Out the Handful of Remaining Democrats in Congress who Have Chosen Telecom Hush Money Over Net Neutrality Protections  Common Dreams

WASHINGTON - Digital rights group Fight for the Future has launched DemsAgainstThe.Net, a new website shining a spotlight on the remaining Democratic ...

The time is now for Congress to act on net neutrality  Capital Press

Now that the election is behind us, we can put the rhetoric aside and get back to work on policy solutions for our most important challenges.

The Bipartisan Case for Modernizing Net Neutrality & Online Privacy Policy  The Heartland Institute

What is the simple key to passing bipartisan net neutrality and online privacy legislation? Put consumer interests first with a new Federal consumer-centric law, ...

The Guy Behind Net Neutrality Wants to Break Up Facebook  The Ringer

In his new book, legal scholar Tim Wu traces the history of antitrust enforcement in the United States and illustrates how breaking up tech giants wouldn't have ...

Tech Tuesday: Ohio Accepting Bitcoin For Tax Payments, Net Neutrality And More  WOSU

Ohio will become the first state in the U.S. to permit taxes to be paid in bitcoin. Companies from around the state are now able to use cryptocurrency to.

The David Pakman Show Trump FCC Chair Admits Russia Interfered in Net Neutrality Process Trump FCC  Free Speech TV

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FCC's Proposed Rule Threatens Cable-Access Television Funding In Vermont  Vermont Public Radio

The Federal Communications Commission has proposed a new rule that would cut funding to cable-access TV stations. Stations around the country, including in ...

DoT amends licences of telcos to incorporate net neutrality rules  Canton Caller

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The long, tortured quest to make Google unbiased  The Verge

As Google CEO Sundar Pichai prepares to testify before Congress, the debate over search engine bias is fueled by a decade-long legal dispute.

Researchers say wireless companies are slowing down video streams  KUAR

It's been almost six months since the Federal Communications Commission repealed net neutrality rules. Today is the deadline for the House of.

Hardwood Floors, Natural Light and the Right to Choose Your ISP  EFF

Your landlord is prohibited from making deals that restrict you to a single video provider, and those prohibitions should apply to your broadband *service* as well.

This Season, Classic Staples Get Cool  Wall Street Journal

Trench coats are transformed in supple leather, pleated pants go big and button-downs let loose.

Networking trends and news: 2018 year in review  TechRepublic

Security and wireless bandwidth were the top computer networking subjects of 2018. Those topics were no great surprise. Here are some highlights from these ...

Peters declares for mayor, sort of  San Diego Reader

#With sharp-elbowed maneuvering to succeed termed-out San Diego Republican mayor Kevin Faulconer growing ever more intense backstage at city hall, ...

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.

California Passes Far-Reaching Net Neutrality Rules  Forbes

On Thursday the California Assembly passed net neutrality bill SB 822 with a 58-17 vote. This net neutrality law fills a void for the state left by federal lawmakers ...

Is Tango's new tariff in breach of internet neutrality?  Luxembourg Times

Mobile operator Tango's new 'Infinity' tariff may be in breach of internet neutrality legislation says European watchdog.

The Loss Of Net Neutrality: The Stakes For Sports Content Providers  Forbes

Could your internet *service* provider block certain sports events from viewing, or bar your sports blog because it consistently criticizes a team owned by that ...

Net neutrality fight continues for state AGs, other supporters of Obama-era rules  USA TODAY

Attorneys general in twenty-two states and the District of Columbia have asked a federal appeals court to bring back the Obama-era net neutrality rules, which ...

What's The Plan Now That Net Neutrality Is Dead?  Forbes

Previously, I've written about the threat that net neutrality could be finally killed by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) and it looks like that day has ...

The net neutrality fight isn’t over. Here’s what you need to know  CNET

The rules have been rolled back. But the battle is just heating up. Here's everything you need to know.

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 ...

Justice Department Sues to Stop California Net Neutrality Law  The New York Times

WASHINGTON — The Justice Department on Sunday sued California to stop the state's new law that would guarantee full and equal access to the internet, ...

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 ...

FCC chairman ramps up defense of net neutrality repeal  Reuters

With a federal appeals court preparing to consider the Trump administration's reversal of Obama-era U.S. net neutrality regulations, the chairman of the Federal ...

Trump administration rejects states' argument on net neutrality  Reuters

Federal Communications Commission chairman Ajit Pai rejected arguments Monday that states should be able to impose their own net neutrality protections ...

Here’s how the FCC plans to defend its net neutrality repeal in federal court  Washington Post

The Federal Communications Commission told a federal court on Thursday that it acted properly when it eliminated net neutrality rules, marking its first salvo in ...

Net-neutrality is over. Now California, Oregon are stepping in  USA TODAY

Net neutrality is dead. Long live Net neutrality. The longtime hot-button issue — essentially about whether your Internet *service* provider should be able to block ...

What Is Net Neutrality? The Complete WIRED Guide  WIRED

Net neutrality is the idea that internet *service* providers like Comcast and Verizon should treat all *content* flowing through their cables and cell towers equally.

California agrees to delay enforcing state net neutrality law  NBCNews.com

SACRAMENTO, Calif. — California won't enforce the nation's toughest state-level net-neutrality law when it takes effect in January, agreeing Friday with the ...

Pai claims report findings validate net neutrality repeal  CNET

FCC Chairman Ajit Pai said a new report from an industry trade group shows his policy to repeal Obama-era net neutrality regulations is working to spur ...

Can the FCC Really Block California's Net Neutrality Law?  WIRED

A lawsuit raises novel questions about the relationship between the federal government and the states.

California is leading the state-by-state fight for net neutrality  The Verge

Last year's FCC decision to repeal net neutrality was arguably the most unpopular tech policy decision in the history of the modern internet. The repeal not only ...

Santa Clara firefighters helped save net neutrality  Fast Company

By shutting down their broadband in the middle of an emergency, Verizon may have unwittingly proved that California needs to regulate Big ISPs.

Internet provider groups sue Vermont over net neutrality law  Reuters

Five industry groups representing major internet providers and cable companies filed suit on Thursday seeking to block a Vermont law barring companies that ...

California’s net neutrality bill is back and as tough as ever  The Washington Post

California lawmakers will be moving forward with tough provisions in a legislative proposal that could turn into one of the most ambitious net neutrality laws in ...

No Relief: William Barr Is as Bad as Jeff Sessions — if Not Worse  ACLU

Donald Trump's nomination of William Barr to succeed Jeff Sessions as attorney general ought to raise alarm bells across the country. Barr is as bad as ...

Entire broadband industry sues California to stop net neutrality law  Ars Technica

Top broadband lobby groups sue California, claim net neutrality law is illegal.

RIP Net Neutrality Unless Resurrected By Legislation Or A Court  Forbes

For the most part, net neutrality died on Monday, April 23rd. It's death warrant was signed a couple of months earlier when the Federal Communications ...

The net neutrality fight isn't over, even after the repeal  PC Gamer

On June 11th, the Federal Communications Commission repealed rules protecting net neutrality. These rules prevented private internet *service* providers from ...

Democrats to force vote Wednesday on net neutrality  CNN

Senate Democrats will force a vote Wednesday to repeal changes to net neutrality rules that were recently adopted by the Republican-controlled Federal ...

What the End of Net Neutrality Actually Means  Knowledge@Wharton

As the Obama era rules end, there are a number of questions surrounding how consumers will be affected and whether additional policy changes may follow.

The FCC’s vote repealing its net neutrality rules is finally official. Here’s what happens now.  The Washington Post

The FCC's net neutrality vote has finally been published in the Federal Register, the government's official record of all administrative actions. The moment is key, ...

Is the net still neutral?  Popular Science

Net Neutrality is in trouble, but it still has a fighting chance. Here are the important dates and developments about the rules that govern the internet.

Entire broadband industry sues Vermont to stop state net neutrality law  Ars Technica

The nation's largest broadband industry lobby groups have sued Vermont to stop a state law that requires ISPs to follow net neutrality principles in order to ...

Internet groups urge U.S. court to reinstate 'net neutrality' rules  Reuters

A coalition of trade groups representing companies including Alphabet Inc, Facebook Inc and Amazon.com Inc, urged a U.S. appeals court to reinstate landmark ...

Absence of net neutrality hurts students most  UT The Daily Texan

For many students, net neutrality is an afterthought. But its effects, or lack thereof, impact us all more substantially than we think. “Net neutrality is essentially the ...

U.S. Supreme Court declines appeal against net neutrality laws  NBC News

The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday declined an appeal to examine Obama-era net neutrality rules that had been cheered by open internet advocates.

Do you use PayPal? Beware of this Android Trojan  PocketNow

A new Android Trojan has been detected and it's the kind that will literally cost you money, as it will transfer funds from your PayPal.

Net neutrality dies on June 11th  The Verge

Net neutrality is done for in the US as of early next month. The Federal Communication Commission's rules protecting consumers from discriminatory behavior ...

U.S. 'net neutrality' rules will expire on June 11: FCC  Reuters

Landmark U.S. "net neutrality" rules will expire on June 11, and new regulations handing providers broad new power over how consumers can access the ...

Voters deserve better than net neutrality politics  Forbes

Some 34000 startups launched in the wake of removing misguided internet regulation from 2015, but states want to reimpose rules which violate equal access ...

Prepare for the future without net neutrality  Network World

With the end of net neutrality, it is important for organizations to prepare for any potential changes in their internet *service*.

California's Net Neutrality Law Is A Bad Idea -- It's Also Illegal  Forbes

Can you imagine trying to govern quintillions of bits and bytes, traveling at near light speed, through the air and down optical fibers, across state lines and ...

Senate Democrats Win Vote on Net Neutrality, a Centerpiece of 2018 Strategy  The New York Times

WASHINGTON — Senate Democrats narrowly won a vote on Wednesday to save so-called net neutrality rules that ensure unobstructed access to the internet.

It's finally happening: Net neutrality rules that sparked intense debate to end next month  USA TODAY

The Federal Communication Commission's net neutrality rules preventing Internet *service* providers from blocking or slowing legal traffic will be replaced on ...

WTF is California’s net neutrality bill?  Digiday

With Comcast owning NBCUniversal, Verizon owning Oath, and AT&T owning WarnerMedia (née Time Warner), internet and wireless providers appear to have ...

Senate passes measure repealing changes to net neutrality rules  CNN

Washington (CNN) The Senate voted Wednesday to pass a measure that would repeal changes to net neutrality rules that were recently adopted by the ...

Senate Democrats force vote to reinstate net neutrality  CNN

More than a dozen Democratic senators called publicly Wednesday for reinstating net neutrality protections, and moved to force a vote on the proposal.

You Can Make the House of Representatives Restore Net Neutrality  EFF

For all intents and purposes, the fate of net neutrality this year sits completely within the hands of a majority of members of the House of Representatives. For one ...

FCC chairman says California’s net neutrality bill is ‘egregious’ and ‘illegal’  The Verge

The bill, which was passed last month but has not yet been signed into law, enacts even stricter net neutrality rules than those the FCC recently overturned.

Gazette opinion: Dangers in demise of net neutrality  Billings Gazette

Throttling: The intentional slowing of an internet *service* by an internet *service* provider.

Why the Internet is suddenly protesting on net neutrality all over again  The Washington Post

Internet activists and tech companies are kicking off a series of protests Wednesday to draw attention to net neutrality once again. What's at stake now is a key ...

California just passed its net neutrality law. The DOJ is already suing  CNN

San Francisco (CNN Business) The Department of Justice said it is filing a lawsuit against the state of California over its new net neutrality protections, hours ...

Applying The Trump Doctrine To Net Neutrality  Forbes

Republicans should follow the Trump doctrine and insist that net neutrality regulation apply to big tech monopolies.

Senate votes to halt repeal of Obama-era net neutrality rules  USA TODAY

Senate Democrats force vote to save net neutrality, but Obama-era rules face long odds in the House.

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.