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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.

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 ...

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 ...

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Democratic-led U.S. House of Representatives will vote in April on a bill to reinstate landmark net neutrality rules repealed by the ...

Here's what you need to know about the new Net Neutrality bill  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 ...

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 ...

Tell Congress to Stand Up for Real Net Neutrality Protections  EFF

When the FCC announced its intention to repeal the 2015 Open Internet Order, Americans spoke up. When the FCC ignored the fact that most Americans ...

Democrats to push to reinstate repealed 'net neutrality' rules  Reuters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- Democrats in the U.S. Congress plan to unveil legislation on Wednesday to reinstate “net neutrality” rules that were repealed by the ...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 Fake-Off Shows Politics Are Messed Up  Forbes

It's been an exhausting and bewildering few years in the struggle for net neutrality, and things have only heated up in 2019. This month, for example, three new ...

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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.

Google Stadia is a Net Neutrality Nightmare  Variety

At the Game Developers Conference (GDC) this year, Google announced that it has taken up the long and ever-lengthening dream of the video game streaming ...

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.

In Camden, FCC Chairman Ajit Pai blasts new Net Neutrality proposal  Technical.ly

Pai came to New Jersey last week to get a tour of Hopeworks' digital training program. We asked him about the Save the Internet Act. In Camden, FCC Chairman ...

Net neutrality and the culture of contempt  American Enterprise Institute

View related *content*: Technology and Innovation, Telecommunications. Last Saturday, AEI President Arthur Brooks penned a New York Times column titled “Our ...

Democrats hit the gas on Net neutrality bill  CNET

The Democrats leading the Save the Internet Act are pushing for a vote in April, with or without Republicans.

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.

Bill aims to maintain net neutrality  The Grand Junction Daily Sentinel

Telecommunications companies would be barred from receiving state grants if they don't follow network neutrality standards that have been abandoned by the ...

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 ...

FCC Chair Ajit Pai on digital privacy, Net Neutrality, the future of 5G  CNBC

CNBC's Jon Fortt interviews Federal Communications Commission Chair Ajit Pai at the Mobile World Congress gathering in Barcelona, Spain. The conversation ...

Eric Trump accidentally makes a case for net neutrality while complaining about tech companies  ThinkProgress

Eric Trump joined Fox & Friends on Wednesday to discuss the supposed censorship of conservatives on social media and accidentally made the case for net ...

5G Might Make Net Neutrality More Complicated for Open Internet Proponents  Adweek

Tech prognosticators expect the next generation of wireless *service* to trigger a massive expansion of the role networked connections play in every facet of ...

OPINION: Your Internet Bill Is Going Up 20 Percent If Democrats Get Their Way  The Daily Caller

There is a reason Democrats are so obsessed with net neutrality — it's a path to more taxes.

5G is a threat to Europe’s absolute net neutrality  The Next Web

The EU has done a good job upholding net neutrality since it implemented a law on it back in 2016, but European net neutrality will face a new challenge in ...

Techathlon podcast: Net Neutrality, publicity stunts, and streaming stats  Popular Science

Remember back in January when you swore that you were really going to get in shape this year? You bought new workout clothes and ordered some of those ...

Pelosi says House will introduce bill to restore net neutrality  Axios

The national open internet rules were revoked by the FCC back in 2017.

The tragedy of tech companies: Getting the regulation they want  Brookings Institution

Tom Wheeler discusses the irony of tech companies seeking favorable regulation now after decades without federal regulation.

5G to arrive in Arkansas by 2021; Fayetteville to expand broadband access  talkbusiness.net

Mobile phone *service* 5G is the next generation of cellular technology after 4G LTE, and cellular *service* providers are expected to offer nationwide 5G *service* by ...

Vermont Delegation supports net neutrality restoration  vtdigger.org

News Release — Vermont Delegation March 7, 2019. Contacts: David Carle (Leahy) 202-224-3693. Get all of VTDigger's daily news. You'll never miss a story ...

Full Interview: Ajit Pai speaks to KCRA  KCRA Sacramento

FCC Chairman Ajit Pai speaks to KCRA about growing internet use in rural communities, net neutrality and robocalls.

Opinion: When it comes to net neutrality, Alaska has bigger fish to fry  Juneau Empire

It's critical that all players on the internet are held to the same standard.

The FCC Is Willing To Pay Money Than Release Net Neutrality Records  Z6Mag

The FCC agreed to pay a journalist $43,000 in settlement to a Freedom of Information Act case filed against the country's telecommunication regulator over the ...

For Tacoma, Broadband Competition is Just a Click! Away  Benton Foundation

Tacoma, Washington's Click! network delivers broadband competition.

FCC claims on broadband access under scrutiny | TheHill  The Hill

The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) is being scrutinized over its claims that its deregulatory agenda has led to record gains in the private sector's ...

Ex-FCC Advisor Joins Urban League  Multichannel News

Clint Odom has been named senior VP for policy and executive director of the Washington Bureau for the civil rights group.

Jenny Slate to Host 2019 Webby Awards  Hollywood Reporter

Jenny Slate is set to host the 2019 Webby Awards, taking place on Monday, May 13 at New York's Cipriani Wall Street.

Garamendi aims to ‘save the internet’ with focus on rural communities  Fairfield Daily Republic

FAIRFIELD — A decision by the Federal Communications Commission in 2017 to eliminate a set of internet regulations directly harmed residents and ...

Women deserve full range of health care | Letters To Editor  Santa Fe New Mexican

The League of Women Voters is deeply disappointed that the New Mexico Senate voted against House Bill 51, which would have repealed the outdated law ...

News Michigan lawmakers react to Mueller investigation findings Ali Hoxie 4:21 PM, Mar 25, 2019  WXYZ Detroit

Michigan politicians are reacting to the findings of the Mueller report and the sentiment in the state of Michigan is the same in Washington D.C. – Democrats are ...

'Now we're in charge': Dems freeze out GOP on bipartisan bills  POLITICO

During the past two sessions of Congress, Democrat Bobby Rush and Republican Richard Hudson introduced legislation together to improve workforce-training ...

Devin Nunes discovers the joy of regulating the internet  Los Angeles Times

The Republican Party's position seems to boil down to this: We're fine with letting the free market solve problems online until they become our problems.

4chan, 8chan blocked by Australian and NZ ISPs for hosting shooting video  Ars Technica

Internet *service* providers in Australia have temporarily blocked access to dozens of websites, including 4chan and 8chan, that hosted video of last week's New ...

Cable Industry Embarrassed By The Word 'Cable,' Stops Using It  Techdirt

In a bid to modernize its reputation as one of the least liked industries in America, the cable industry has a novel solution: to stop calling itself the cable industry.

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 ...

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.

The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Pass USMCA Coalition - Dems look for traction following Barr-Mueller findings | TheHill  The Hill

Welcome to The Hill's Morning Report. Happy Tuesday! Our newsletter gets you up to speed on the most important developments in politics and policy, plus ...

Five reasons Google's Stadia will fail  GameCrate

This week, Google announced its brand new Stadia game streaming *service*, and promised a 2019 launch.

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 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 ...

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.

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 ...

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 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 ...

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.

Christchurch terror video chopped off at the DNS  TelecomTV

ISP's acted together in the wake of the terrorist attack in New Zealand Police arrested video sharers (material was sub judice)

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.

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 ...

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 ...

The Future of Net Neutrality  The Nation.

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

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 ...

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 ...

9 great reads from CNET this week  CNET

Yes, we're all waiting to see just what Apple has up its sleeve for Monday, but let's not get ahead of ourselves. The past week deserves a look back. Google said ...

Video games like Fortnite leading to rise in broadband package upgrades  FULLSYNC

New research by MoneySuperMarket reveals that nearly two-thirds of Brits (64 percent) would consider switching internet *service* provider (ISP) if they limited ...

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.

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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.

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

Senator Donovan Appears at Contentious Salida Town Hall  The Ark Valley Voice

District 5 State Senator Kerry Donovan held a town hall session that drew more than 100 people to Soul Craft Brewery Saturday morning, March 23, that was.

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 ...

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.

FCC Head Bemoans Focus on Net Neutrality  Government Technology

Chairman Ajit Pai argued that the controversy surrounding net neutrality is detracting from the issue of universal Internet access.

Court rejects FCC request to delay net neutrality case | TheHill  The Hill

A federal appeals court denied the Federal Communications Commission's request to postpone oral arguments in a court battle over the agency's decision to ...

Court Signals Green Light for Net Neutrality Argument  Multichannel News

Says government shutdown won't delay issue's latest day in court.

Telecom-Backed Nonprofit Opposes Broadband Bonds in Mississippi  Nonprofit Quarterly

Mississippi ranks 49th in broadband coverage and has launched a bond-backed effort with rural electric co-ops to improve its standing. A nonprofit funded by ...

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 ...

America’s Internet Freedom Rating Dropped Due to the Repeal of Net Neutrality  Motherboard

A prominent non-profit has decreased the US's internet freedom rating for 2018 due to the repeal of net neutrality. Freedom House, a US-based pro-democracy ...

Net Neutrality: There are 5 Days to Save What Ajit Pai Killed Last Year  Inverse

A year ago, on December 14, 2017, the Federal Communications Commission voted to repeal a package of consumer protections defined as net neutrality, ...

Midterm Elections 2018: Net Neutrality Faces New Uncertainty  WIRED

Tuesday's midterms don't shed much light on the future of net neutrality. But advocates do see rays of hope shining through the fog of uncertainty. Democrats ...

How 'net neutrality' became a hot-button issue  Phys.Org

For a fundamentally nerdy subject, net neutrality is pushing a lot of political buttons.

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

Within hours of California governor Jerry Brown signing a sweeping net neutrality bill into law, the US Department of Justice sued the state, sparking the latest ...

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 ...

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.

Net neutrality fight returns to court | TheHill  The Hill

Net neutrality supporters will get their day in court this week as they challenge the Federal Communications Commission's (FCC) repeal of the popular ...

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 ...

California Pushes Pause on Its Net Neutrality Rules  Government Technology

(TNS) — California agreed Friday not to enforce its new net neutrality rules — the toughest state-level internet protections in the nation — while court ...

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 ...

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.