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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 needs a bipartisan approach  The Washington Post

The April 11 news article “House backs net neutrality bill, but consumer law's Senate future is shaky” presented two sides to the net neutrality debate: one that ...

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 ...

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 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 ...

Net neutrality still a divisive topic, though laws unlikely to return soon  The Winchester Star

WINCHESTER — The House of Representatives passed a bill last week that would restore net neutrality rules implemented by the Federal Communications ...

Rep. Greg Walden: Real net neutrality is bipartisan -- Save the Internet Act is not  Fox News

Democrats and Republicans should work together to pass net neutrality regulation because they agree on most of the key points.

‘Bitcoin Vs Blockchain’ is Exactly the Same as ‘Facebook vs Net Neutrality’: Andreas Antonopoulos  Coingape

Andreas Antonopoulos is an educator and an experienced Bitcoin user; He is recognized as one of the most reliable voices in the Blockchain space.

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The restoration of net neutrality rules — controversially rescinded by the Federal Communications Commission two years ago — should be a no-brainer for ...

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Democratic-led U.S. House of Representatives will vote in April on a bill to reinstate landmark net neutrality rules repealed by the ...

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 ...

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.

House Democrats refuse to weaken net neutrality bill, defeat GOP amendments  Ars Technica

House Commerce Committee voted to reverse Ajit Pai's net neutrality repeal.

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.

At the Crossroads on Net Neutrality  InsideSources

The new Democratic House majority has a lot on its plate — including high priority items like protecting the Mueller investigation and getting the federal.

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 ...

The FTC Makes It Clear It Can’t, Won’t Protect Net Neutrality  Motherboard

When the Ajit Pai-led FCC killed net neutrality, the agency said that the FTC would step in to protect consumers. Now, that seems unlikely.

Net neutrality should be politically neutral - Opinion  The Register-Guard

Imagine if your neighbor's water faucets flowed freely while yours fluctuated, producing only a trickle whenever you wanted to bathe.Or if that neighbor had ...

Spring 2019 Issue 2 | The Carletonian  Carleton College News

You should care deeply about net neutrality. It is one of the most important policies governing the internet, especially since such policies are few and far between ...

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 ...

FCC has to pay journalist $43,000 after hiding net neutrality records  Ars Technica

The Federal Communications Commission has settled a case over its refusal to comply with a public records request, agreeing to pay $43,000 to a journalist ...

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 ...

WashEx: Net Neutrality Debate is Really About the Ballooning Regulatory State  American Action Forum

House Democrats recently pushed through a bill restoring net neutrality regulations. While most policymakers agree on net neutrality's basic principles, they ...

FCC Chairman: Net-Neutrality Supporters Saw ‘Political Advantage’ in Stirring ‘Fear’  National Review

Federal Communications Commission chairman Ajit Pai said Friday that some advocates of net neutrality saw a political advantage in fomenting fear about the ...

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 ...

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.

Key net neutrality vote Tuesday: The whole Internet is watching  Boing Boing

Tuesday morning at 10am ET the House Communications and Technology subcommittee will meet and vote on the Save the Internet Act – the best bill we have ...

Micek column: You should care about net neutrality bill  Glenwood Springs Post Independent

If you're like me, you're probably going to sit down on Sunday night, popcorn and adult beverage in hand, to watch the start of the final season of “Game.

Sen. Markey Applauds House Passage of Net Neutrality Legislation  framinghamsource.com

The following is a press release from Sen. Ed Markey, who is one of two senators who represents the Commonwealth of Massachusetts in Washington DC.

Net neutrality bill set to clear first key vote  Politico

Small businesses on deck for privacy hearing — Apple touts privacy as it pivots.

FCC Settles Net Neutrality Docket Suit  Broadcasting & Cable

The FCC has agreed to settle with a journalist over what he alleged the FCC's lack of responsiveness to a FOIA request related to the net neutrality comment ...

The Head of the FTC Just Debunked the FCC's Favorite Excuse for Killing Net Neutrality  Gizmodo

Two weeks before voting to rollback the net neutrality rules, FCC Commissioner Brendan Carr wrote an op-ed for the Washington Post in which he laid out his ...

An antitrust-informed approach to net neutrality  American Enterprise Institute

View related *content*: Technology and Innovation. Last week I had the privilege of participating in the Free State Foundation's Eleventh Annual Telecom Policy ...

Week in Washington: Net neutrality, 100 days of Democratic House control  NonDoc

WASHINGTON — Oklahoma's delegation debated net neutrality, Patrick Wyrick's district court nomination and 100 days of Democrati House control this week.

Post 'net neutrality' internet needs new measurement tools, Princeton experts tell policymakers  Phys.Org

For much of the past decade, fierce political battles over the internet have involved concerns that the fastest access would go only to those with the greatest ...

Gov. Polis is about to sign a Colorado net neutrality bill — one with some serious teeth  The Colorado Sun

The Colorado net neutrality law is similar to the former federal one in that it would prohibit ISPs from prioritizing certain *content*. It would also force violating ISPs ...

Washington Digest: House OKs net neutrality measure; ethanol backers seek insight into waivers  Omaha World-Herald

The House approved net neutrality legislation that would require broadband *service* providers to treat online companies the same. It's an attempt to revive ...

Sinema forms working group for net neutrality, gets slammed by activists  AZCentral

Net-neutrality activists are criticizing Sen. Kyrsten Sinema, D-Ariz., who has rejected a Democratic approach to the issue for a bipartisan one.

Rep. Kendra Horn votes in favor of net neutrality bill  The Oklahoma Daily

An Oklahoma congresswoman voted to help pass a bill that would restore net neutrality laws repealed in 2017, according to a press release.

Net neutrality: Colorado gets it  The Journal

There was a Depression-era sign we saw once, in a photograph of a gas station. It said, “Free air – It's your country, don't let the big boys take it away from you.”.

Colorado's net neutrality law will deny grant money to ISPs that engage in network discrimination  Boing Boing

ISPs want it both ways: they want to be receive billions in indirect public subsidies (access to rights of ways that would cost unimaginable sums to clear) and ...

How They Voted (Congress): Net neutrality, nominations | Local News  Mankato Free Press

How Minnesota's members of Congress voted on major issues during the legislative week ending April 12.

Senator Kamala Harris Invokes Avengers: Infinity War to Defend Net Neutrality  Gizmodo

Democratic Senator and Presidential hopeful Kamala Harris is a fan of superhero films, and has been known to use them to illustrate ideas related to her various ...

Google Stadia Is a Net Neutrality Nightmare  Variety

Google Stadia will run video games on Google's own hardware in a server farm and stream the experience to anything with a screen.

Simons Says: The FTC Can Handle Net Neutrality  Benton Foundation

Analysis of top communications policy stories of the week. We look at a recent speech by FTC Chairman Joe Simons. The remarks help us understand the FTC's ...

House Dems Pass Net Neutrality Bill, But Senate Fate Remains Bleak  Democracy Now!

House lawmakers passed the Save the Internet Act Wednesday, in a victory for digital rights advocates who have been fighting to restore Obama-era net ...

Tom Miller: Lawmakers should not handcuff attorney general's office  Des Moines Register

In 37 years as attorney general, I've strived to do what is right and what is consistent with the law. I always put those values and the interests of Iowans above ...

Congressional Democrats say squabbling is healthy sign  WHYY

Before Congress left Washington for a two-week recess, House leaders had to pull their party's budget from the floor because progressives were demanding ...

Michael Copps Thinks Trump Is Trying to Put FCC Out of Business  Common Dreams

Michael Copps is a former FCC commissioner who at one point served as acting chair of the Federal Communications Commission. A former deputy assistant ...

The Unpopular Sprint, T-Mobile Merger Looks Increasingly Doomed  Motherboard

While Sprint and T-Mobile have been telling federal regulators that their $26.5 billion mega-merger will be great for consumers and competition, it's becoming ...

Telcoms lobbyists have convinced 26 states to ban or restrict municipal broadband  Boing Boing

More than half of the US states have passed laws that ban or severely restrict local governments from investing in broadband: many of these laws were ...

Capitol Watch: Lifton votes against plan to expand access to college tuition for Gold Star families  The Ithaca Voice

ALBANY, N.Y. — Last week, the House passed its bill on net neutrality without the support of Rep. Tom Reed who claims the legislation gives too much control to ...

5G technology is coming to rural America  The New Food Economy

The FCC just announced a $20 billion plan to bring high-speed mobile access to remote parts of the country—but will it work?

McConnell lays out agenda as House bills pile up | TheHill  The Hill

Senate Republicans are coming under fire from Democrats over the pileup of House-passed bills and realizing they need to take action beyond confirming ...

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 ...

From the Editorial Advisory Board: Mark Kennedy  Boulder Daily Camera

The University of Colorado Board of Regents named Mark Kennedy the sole finalist for the position of CU president. Your take?

Pinterest Shares Up Close to 29% on IPO Day  Variety

Shares of the social pinning *service* Pinterest closed at $24.45 — 28.6% above their IPO price — on the company's first day at the New York Stock Exchange ...

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 ...

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 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.

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.

Net Neutrality Updates  American Libraries

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

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 ...

FCC Under Fire For Putting ALEC Rep On 'Consumer' Advisory Board  Techdirt

In 2017, FCC head Ajit Pai came under fire for filling a new "Broadband Deployment Advisory Council" (BDAC) task force with oodles of industry representatives, ...

Republicans in Congress Are Talking Net Neutrality, at Least  WIRED

Three Republicans plan bills to restore some version of net neutrality, but they are a far cry from the Obama-era rules, or what many Democrats want.

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 ...

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 ...

Login - April 18, 2019  Axios

Hi again from Vancouver, where yesterday I got an introductory lesson in curling. (See After you Login for more on that.) 1 big thing: Big Tech's shifting ...

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 ...

Nancy Pelosi talks Trump tweets on Kara Swisher podcast Recode Decode  Recode

Enough people use Twitter to get their information that politicians have to be there, Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi says. But on the latest episode of Recode ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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.

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 ...

The Future of Net Neutrality  The Nation.

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

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.

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 ...

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.

Internet Providers Are Investing Less Despite Net Neutrality's Death  Fortune

Recent earnings reports show the big U.S. ISPs are not investing more, as they said they would if net neutrality rules were scrapped.

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 ...

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, ...

Record number of congresswomen are mothers. Here's a glimpse...  Duluth News Tribune

WASHINGTON - How are your kids doing? It isn't the question itself that bothers Katie Porter. The freshman Democratic congresswoman from California, a single ...

Net Neutrality Is Back Before Courts and Congress  InfoToday.com

For nearly 5 hours in a federal courthouse on Feb. 1, 2019, Net Neutrality advocates and critics traded arguments in the case of Mozilla Corp. v. FCC over the ...

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

Network investment is down, layoffs abound, and networks are falling apart. This isn't the glorious future Ajit Pai promised.

ISPs strike deal with Vermont to suspend state net neutrality law  Ars Technica

The state of Vermont has agreed to suspend enforcement of its net neutrality law pending the outcome of a lawsuit against the Federal Communications ...

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 ...

FCC Chairman Pai celebrates Congress failing to bring back net neutrality  TechCrunch

As one Congress ends and another begins, many are looking forward to a rebalancing of power — especially in the House of Representatives, which Democrats ...

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.

Vermont to halt net neutrality law pending FCC case  vtdigger.org

Protesters rally in 2017 outside the FCC in Washington in favor of net neutrality rules. File photo by Elizabeth Hewitt/VTDigger. The state of Vermont agreed not ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

California Lawmakers Pass Net Neutrality Bill  NPR

The net neutrality protections, which advocates call the strongest in the country, now go to the desk of Gov. Jerry Brown.

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 ...

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.

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 ...

California Will Pause Net Neutrality Law for Federal Suit  WIRED

Last month California passed the country's strongest net neutrality law. But it will be a while before it takes effect. The same evening Governor Jerry Brown ...

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 ...

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.

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.