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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. California lawmakers combine net neutrality bills  CNET
  2. California Lawmakers Combine Net Neutrality Bills to Better Fend Off ISP Greed  Gizmodo
  3. Net neutrality has been repealed, but Congress could still bring it back  The Hill
  4. Democrats who once had competing ideas on net neutrality now join forces in the California Legislature  Los Angeles Times
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  1. Protest against McMorris Rodgers and her opposition to Net Neutrality draws about 25  The Spokesman-Review
  2. Advocates of Net Neutrality Rally in Spokane  Spokane Public Radio
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  1. European and Indian regulators team up to defend net neutrality  TechCrunch
  2. India, Europe telecom regulators sign MoU, back net neutrality  Economic Times
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  1. MeToo + net neutrality + news from LA  Sacramento Bee
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  1. Net Neutrality Has Officially Been Repealed. Here's How That Could Affect You.  New York Times
  2. Net neutrality is officially repealed. Here's what happens next.  Vox
  3. The FCC's net neutrality rules are officially repealed today. Here's what that really means.  Washington Post
  4. Oregon governor signs net neutrality bill - AP News  AP News
  5. FCC chairman: Our job is to protect a free and open internet  CNET
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  1. Vermont Debates Net Neutrality  Valley News
  2. Net Neutrality: Maps Show Which States Are Fighting the FCC Repeal  Inverse
  3. The net neutrality rules may be dead, but the fight lives on  Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
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  1. This is how net neutrality ends
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  1. Is the ATA honest about net neutrality?  Fairbanks Daily News-Miner
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  1. Consumer Alert: What the net neutrality repeal means  News 12 New Jersey
  2. The fight for net neutrality isn't just for consumers. It's a fight for California  Sacramento Bee
  3. Net neutrality is no more. In Iowa, is that a 'non-event' or the next great divide?
  4. Net Neutrality Legislation in States - National Conference of State Legislatures  National Conference of State Legislatures
  5. FCC chairman: Our job is to protect a free and open internet  CNET
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  1. Why net neutrality supporters are cringing at the AT&T-Time Warner merger  CNET
  2. AT&T can buy Time Warner. What does that mean for everyone else?  Recode
  3. A negative example on net neutrality  Economic Times (blog)
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  1. Applying The Trump Doctrine To Net Neutrality  Forbes
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  1. Vergecast: Sonos CEO Patrick Spence, E3 coverage, and post net neutrality  The Verge
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  1. Net Neutrality Repeal Could Mean You Have to Pay Extra to Use Facebook or YouTube
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  1. California 'net neutrality' bill must not block state's broadband investment  The Desert Sun
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  1. Net neutrality and the privacy debate  Business Standard
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  1. The end of 'net neutrality' may change how you use the internet  New York Post
  2. Net neutrality has ended. What does that mean for you?  News & Observer
  3. Net Neutrality: Pros and Cons on Day 1
  4. Net Neutrality Has Officially Been Repealed. Here's How That Could Affect You.  New York Times
  5. Justification for killing network neutrality rules bogus, studies say  Salon
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  1. North Korea, Canada, Italy, Net Neutrality: CEO Daily for June 11, 2018  Fortune
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  1. With Net Neutrality Repealed ISPs Now Have the Censoring Power of an Authoritarian Government  Entrepreneur
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  1. Net Neutrality Goes Away, and a Ruling in the AT&T-Time Warner Case  New York Times
  2. The AT&T-Time Warner Merger and the End of Net Neutrality Are a Nightmare Combination for Consumers  Motherboard
  3. Netflix faces threat from AT&T, Comcast following net neutrality repeal  Verdict
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  1. This Is How Net Neutrality Will End  ACLU (blog)
  2. FCC 'Lied to Media' Saying Net Neutrality Comment Flood Was Cyberattack  Newsweek
  3. Net neutrality ends on June 11—but don't count it dead just yet  The Daily Dot
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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.