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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. Democrats to propose net neutrality rules at state level
  2. The UK and France Are Thumbing Their Noses at the US Over Net Neutrality Repeal  Fortune
  3. Senate Democrats' Bid to Overturn Net Neutrality Repeal Unlikely to Prevail  Daily Signal
  5. Waging a necessary but tough battle to restore internet's 'net neutrality' rule  Chicago Tribune
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  1. Letter: Is net neutrality really what you want?  The Mercury News
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  1. Net Neutrality: Two Sides To The Story And Considerations For Small Businesses  Forbes
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  1. Senate Democrats Push for a Net Neutrality Vote. Do They Have a Chance?  New York Times
  2. Senate Democrats close to winning majority backing to reverse net neutrality rollback  CNBC
  3. Senate Measure Is Start of Election-Year Pressure on Net Neutrality  Bloomberg
  4. The Senate's push to overrule the FCC on net neutrality now has 50 votes, Democrats say  Washington Post
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  1. Net neutrality allies are ready to fight. But can it be saved?  CNET
  2. Wave of Lawsuits Filed to Block Net-Neutrality Repeal
  3. 21 States Sue to Stop Net Neutrality Rollback  ExtremeTech
  4. A.G. Schneiderman Files Suit To Stop Illegal Rollback Of Net Neutrality | New York State Attorney General  New York State Attorney General
  5. Senate Just One Vote Shy of Blocking Net Neutrality Repeal
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  1. How to Check for Net Neutrality Violations on Your Network  Lifehacker
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  1. The net neutrality app that Apple rejected is now available on the App Store  BGR
  2. The net neutrality testing app that Apple rejected is available now  Ars Technica
  3. Apple Blocks App That Detects Net Neutrality Violations  ExtremeTech
  4. Apple: Latest News on Apple at NDTV  NDTV Gadgets
  5. Apple Is Blocking an App That Detects Net Neutrality Violations From the App Store  Motherboard
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  1. Editorial: Restore net neutrality  Buffalo News
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  1. The data war behind net neutrality  The Conversation CA
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  1. Tech-savvy students will help protect net neutrality  Daily Californian
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  1. States Push Back After Net Neutrality Repeal  New York Times
  2. Net neutrality: Decentralization is the future of the Internet  ITProPortal
  3. Net neutrality may be dead in the US, but Europe is still strongly committed to open internet access  The Independent
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  1. Net Neutrality And Senate Democrats' Renewed Love For The Congressional Review Act  Forbes
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  1. Apple Is Blocking an App That Detects Net Neutrality Violations From the App Store  Motherboard
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  1. What A World Without Net Neutrality Looks Like  Forbes
  2. How Democrats Can Win by Losing on Net Neutrality  Bloomberg
  3. Senate Democrats want to CTRL+Z FCC net neutrality repeal
  4. The fight over net neutrality isn't completely over. Here's the latest.  The San Diego Union-Tribune
  5. How Net Neutrality Is Like Game Of Thrones  HuffPost
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  1. How they voted: Western Mass. lawmakers weigh in on net neutrality, illegal hunting
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  1. Twitter, Facebook, YouTube Support Bid to Restore Net Neutrality
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  1. Big Tech to Join Legal Fight Against Net Neutrality Repeal  New York Times
  2. States propose bills to preserve net neutrality  CNNMoney
  3. California Introduces Its Own Bill to Protect Net Neutrality  EFF
  4. Major Tech Lobbying Group Supporting Legal Push to Restore Net Neutrality  Slate Magazine (blog)
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  1. Left Hook Right Jab: Net Neutrality
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  1. Telecoms sector recovers even as net neutrality campaign grows  Financial Times
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  1. Senate Dems get enough co-sponsors to trigger vote on net neutrality  CNN
  2. Democrats vow to force vote on net neutrality  Reuters
  3. The Senate Will Vote on Whether to Keep Net-Neutrality Protections in Place  New York Magazine
  4. All you wanted to know about Net Neutrality  Hindu Business Line
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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.