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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.

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 ...

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 ...

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It's been about a year since regulations enforcing net neutrality were repealed.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 ...

Net neutrality was repealed a year ago — what’s happened since?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It's been a year since net neutrality was repealed.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 ...

AT&T Hired Michael Cohen to Consult on Net Neutrality, FBI Says  The Daily Beast

Last year's net neutrality repeal was a colossal win for telecoms and FCC Chairman Ajit Pai.

AT&T paid Michael Cohen to consult on net neutrality, FBI documents show  The Daily Dot

Michael Cohen, President Donald Trump's former personal lawyer, was paid by AT&T to consult on net neutrality and other “political issues” including the merger ...

Maine governor signs net neutrality bill | TheHill  The Hill

Maine Gov. Janet Mills (D) on Tuesday signed a net neutrality bill into law. The amended bill says that internet *service* providers receiving state funds must ...

Net neutrality and the Dormant Commerce Clause  American Enterprise Institute

View related *content*: Technology and Innovation, Telecommunications. Summer is upon us. Soon, the Supreme Court will release its final opinions of the term ...

One year later, the repeal of net neutrality is already f*cking us over  KnowTechie

It's been a year to the day since net neutrality was repealed, so what better time to see how it's affecting the average web user?

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 ...

With net neutrality repealed, how blockchain-based networking can protect online privacy  Network World

In today's digital-everything world where so much of our personal and professional lives are online, most people seem to have less of an expectation of data ...

Ajit Pai Is Working Hard to Make Broadband Users Dumb Again  Gizmodo

Federal Communication Commission Chairman Ajit Pai prepares to testify before the Senate Financial Services and General Government Subcommittee about ...

MaineWire: Net neutrality is bad policy for Maine and the nation  Times Record

In our modern day and age, roughly nine out of 10 American adults use the internet. They depend on this technology for many aspects of their lives. From small ...

Net Neutrality Vote Passes House, Fulfilling Promise by Democrats  The New York Times

WASHINGTON — The House passed legislation on Wednesday that would guarantee broadband internet users equal access to online *content*, in a crucial step ...

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.

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 ...

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 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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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, ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 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 ...

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 ...

FDA Is Outlier in Trump's Deregulation Administration  RealClearPolitics

President Trump has presided over undeniably successful deregulation efforts across the executive branch. At his re-election campaign announcement in ...

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 ...

Ajit Pai’s new gift to cable companies would kill local fees and rules  Ars Technica

Ajit Pai is continuing his multi-year battle against local broadband regulation with a plan that would stop cities and towns from using their authority over cable TV ...

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.

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 ...

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.

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

Real Net Neutrality Is More Than a Ban on Blocking, Throttling, and Paid Prioritization  EFF

The majority of Americans support net neutrality protections. Based on the comments in the most recent Congressional hearing on net neutrality, you could come ...

The Future of Net Neutrality  The Nation.

Internet freedom went from hot-button issue to political sideshow. What happened?

Net Neutrality Updates  American Libraries

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

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.

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 ...

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 ...

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.

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 ...

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 ...

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.

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 ...

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.

Europe’s Tech Laws Should Be a Matter of Principle  Bloomberg

A former member of the European Parliament has some advice for the new batch of MEPs on how to legislate for technological change.

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 ...

After census debacle, White House to knock out senior Commerce official  POLITICO

The White House is pushing a top aide to Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross out of the Trump administration, the first round of house-cleaning after the 2020 ...

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.

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 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.

It's Now Clear None of the Supposed Benefits of Killing Net Neutrality Are Real  Motherboard

In the months leading up to the FCC assault on net neutrality, big telecom and FCC boss Ajit Pai told anybody who'd listen that killing net neutrality would boost ...

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.

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.

FCC Battles 'New York Times' Over Net Neutrality Comments 05/07/2019  MediaPost Communications

Striking back at The New York Times Company, the Federal Communications Commission is urging a judge to rule the agency need not disclose information ...

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 ...

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.

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 ...

How Antimonopoly Was Revitalized, Part 2: Barack Obama and The End of the End of History -  ProMarket

In this second installment of his three-part series on antitrust's recent resurrection, Matt Stoller discusses the legacy of Obama's presidency. The real policy for ...

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 ...

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.

Court: Deutsche Telekom must change zero-rating service  Broadband TV News

German telco Deutsche Telekom is no longer allowed to continue operating its controversial zero-rating tariff option StreamOn in its current form. The Higher ...

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 ...

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 ...

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.

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 ...

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.

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 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.

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 ...

Analyzing the Republican net neutrality bills  American Enterprise Institute

View related *content*: Technology and Innovation, Telecommunications. House Democrats made waves last week by passing the Save the Internet Act, which ...

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 ...

The Cases That Could Decide the Fate of Net Neutrality  Government Technology

The fight over Obama-era Internet protections is taking place at several levels of the judicial system in 2019. One case asks whether the Federal ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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.

Some Democrats Are Ready to Water Down Their Own Net Neutrality Bill  Motherboard

Democrats continue to push their new net neutrality bill through Congress, but there's signs that several members of the party are already eager to water down ...

A(nother) chance for Congress on net neutrality | TheHill  The Hill

We need to revive bipartisanship, and cleaning up Internet policy is a great place to start.

Pa. Rep. Mike Doyle wants 2020 Dems to talk about more than Trump  Pennsylvania Capital-Star

WASHINGTON — Pennsylvania's congressional delegation was quite different when U.S. Rep. Mike Doyle arrived on Capitol Hill as a Democratic freshman ...

FTC Unable To Enforce Obama-Era Net Neutrality Rules 04/02/2019  MediaPost Communications

The FTC isn't legally empowered to enforce the Obama-era net neutrality rules, which prohibited internet *service* providers from blocking, throttling or charging ...

'New York Times' Presses For Information About Net Neutrality Comments 05/24/2019  MediaPost Communications

The New York Times Company is urging a judge to order the Federal Communications Commission to disclose information about net neutrality commenters, ...

House Dems plan April vote on net neutrality bill | TheHill  The Hill

The House will hold a vote on Democrats' bill to reinstate the Obama-era net neutrality rules next month, House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer (D-Md.) announced ...

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 ...

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.

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, ...

Zero-rating needs a hero – DT's StreamOn under fire again  Rethink Research

Another blow has been dealt in the perpetual bashing of zero-rated video streaming services as Deutsche Telekom was ordered to make fundamental changes ...

House Republicans Urge Democrats to Back Net Neutrality Bills (1)  Bloomberg Law

House Republicans are doubling down on their calls for Democrats to work with them on bipartisan net neutrality legislation.

Democrats’ net neutrality bill heads to the House floor  CNET

The bill that will restore Obama-era net neutrality protections is expected to pass the House. But it'll likely stall in the Senate.

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 ...

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 ...

F.C.C. Repeals Net Neutrality Rules  The New York Times

In a 3-to-2 vote along party lines, the agency scrapped Obama-era rules meant to protect an open internet.

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 ...

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.