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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. Prolific swatter and bomb hoaxer who broke up FCC's net neutrality vote pleads guilty  TechCrunch
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  1. AT&T CEO: State net neutrality and privacy laws are a “total disaster”  Ars Technica
  2. AT&T's Randall Stephenson Calls On Congress To Enact Net Neutrality And Privacy Legislation  Deadline
  3. AT&T CEO calls for privacy, net neutrality laws  CNET
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  1. WA prepares for challenges to net neutrality  Crosscut
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  1. How “net neutrality” became a hot-button issue  The Denver Post
  2. Net neutrality embodies cherished American ideals | Hoover  Reno Gazette Journal
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  1. Net neutrality compliance in France better than elsewhere in Europe  EURACTIV
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  1. Commentary: Reinstate net neutrality complete with secure protections  Albany Times Union
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  1. The Midterm Election Didn't Salvage Net Neutrality  WIRED
  2. What the midterm election results could mean for net neutrality  MarketWatch
  3. House Democrats to Spotlight Net Neutrality, Broadband Access  Bloomberg Law
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  1. Swiss Council of States accepts net neutrality exceptions for special services  Telecompaper
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  1. US Supreme Court declines appeal against net neutrality laws
  2. Fight for net neutrality rules gains momentum  Network World
  3. The Supreme Court won't take up net neutrality  Washington Post
  4. dissent - DC Circuit  DC Circuit
  5. Supreme Court refuses to take up challenge to Obama-era net neutrality rules  The Hill
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  1. Net Neutrality After the Midterms
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  1. Oh Look, Wireless Sector Investment Is Declining Despite Tax Cuts, Repeal Of Net Neutrality  Techdirt
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  1. The Supreme Court and House Democrats breathe new life into net neutrality  Brookings Institution (blog)
  2. What's Next for Net Neutrality in a Democrat-Controlled House?  InsideSources
  3. How Net Neutrality Was Awarded a Major Win This Week by The Supreme Court  Interesting Engineering
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  1. #NetNeutrality: Issues with the TRAI's consultation paper on Internet Services Licensing
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  1. The Future of Net Neutrality  The Nation.
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  1. The Loss Of Net Neutrality: The Stakes For Sports Content Providers  Forbes
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  1. The end of Net Neutrality has had little effect on wireless carriers  TechSpot
  2. Researchers Believe Sprint Is Throttling Skype Without Telling Consumers  Motherboard
  3. Hillicon Valley: Trump claims Florida voter fraud | NSA official says China breaking espionage deal | Sprint accused of ...  The Hill
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  1. California agrees to delay enforcing state net neutrality law
  2. California strikes deal with FCC to delay state net neutrality law  The Verge
  3. California agrees not to enforce its net neutrality law as Justice Dept. puts lawsuit on hold  Washington Post
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  1. America's Internet Freedom Rating Dropped Due to the Repeal of Net Neutrality  Motherboard
  2. US declines in internet freedom rankings, thanks to net neutrality repeal and fake news  TechCrunch
  3. Watchdog Report: US Internet Is Less Free After Net Neutrality Repeal
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  1. Telecom lobbyists investigated over fake net neutrality comments  The Verge
  2. Up to 9.5 million net neutrality comments were made with stolen identities  Ars Technica
  3. New York expands probe into fake FCC comments on net neutrality  CNET
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  1. California's Net Neutrality Publicity Stunt Comes To An End  Forbes
  2. The Justice Department Had Sued California Over Its New Net Neutrality Law. Why the Lawsuit Is Suddenly on Hold  Fortune
  3. California Pushes Pause on Its Net Neutrality Rules  Government Technology
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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.