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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. Dozens of states are now considering plans to keep net neutrality rules  The Verge
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  3. States Are Pushing Their Own Versions Of Net Neutrality Rules While Congress Stalls On Ending Bureaucratic Back ...  The Daily Caller
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  1. Entire broadband industry will help FCC defend net neutrality repeal  Ars Technica
  2. These Maps Show All the Cities and States Now Defending Net Neutrality  Inverse
  3. California's dreaming of having America's toughest net neutrality regime  MIT Technology Review
  4. HB4155 2018 Regular Session - Oregon Legislative Information System  Oregon Legislative Information System - Oregon State Legislature
  5. Net neutrality is not 'complex' -- it's about your freedom | Opinion
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  1. Alaska lawmakers, following other states, consider bills to keep net neutrality  Alaska Dispatch News
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  1. Sonic CEO Dane Jasper relishes role as net neutrality defender  San Francisco Chronicle
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  1. Mayors pledge to refuse business from vendors opposed to net neutrality rules  StateScoop
  2. Austin Mayor Steve Adler joins a dozen mayors nationwide in fight for net neutrality  Community Impact Newspaper
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  1. OPINION: Americans need to keep pressure on for permanent net neutrality  Greenville News
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  1. Can New Jersey Make Net Neutrality the Law for the Garden State?  NJ Spotlight
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  1. Washington becomes first state to pass law protecting net neutrality  CNNMoney
  2. Washington state has passed laws protecting net neutrality  The Verge
  3. Washington state sticks it to the FCC, passes its own Net-neutrality rules  USA TODAY
  4. Will the FCC's net neutrality repeal grind the Internet to a halt?  Washington Post
  5. The FCC's Net Neutrality Repeal: The End Of The Internet Or A Path To A Legislative Compromise?  Forbes
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  1. We will not be silenced: net neutrality and the Black community  Indianapolis Recorder
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  1. Netflix should tell its users to support net neutrality, Senator Chuck Schumer says  Recode
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  1. FCC must defend net neutrality repeal in court against dozens of litigants  Ars Technica
  2. Cities join net neutrality fight with Open Internet Pledge spearheaded by New York City mayor  GeekWire
  3. Cities Launch Plan to Protect Net Neutrality  CityLab
  4. On Internet Regulation, The FCC Goes Back To The Future  Forbes
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  1. The WIRED Guide to Net Neutrality  WIRED
  2. Net neutrality proponents, opponents square off online  San Francisco Chronicle
  3. The Senate's big fight over net neutrality officially starts today  The Verge
  4. Washington State Passes Nation's Toughest Net Neutrality Law  Governing
  5. Inside the huge, low-profile alliance fighting to save the FCC's net neutrality rules  Washington Post
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  1. New York joins other cities in fight to maintain net neutrality safeguards  New York Daily News
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  1. Net neutrality investigations opened by Ofcom
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  1. Comcast 'blocks' an encrypted email service: Yet another reminder why net neutrality matters  ZDNet
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  1. Washington Becomes First State to Enact Its Own Net Neutrality Rules
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  3. EDITORIAL: Join the fight, Illinois, to save net neutrality  Chicago Sun-Times
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  1. Net Neutrality Legal Battle Officially Begins: What You Need To Know  Forbes
  2. Net neutrality rules will officially end on April 23  CNNMoney
  3. The FCC's vote repealing its net neutrality rules is finally official. Here's what happens now.  Washington Post
  4. As Protection Ends, Here's One Way to Test for Net Neutrality  WIRED
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  1. US appeals court in San Francisco will hear net neutrality appeal  Reuters
  2. Where the net neutrality fight stands  Axios
  3. Senate's Net Neutrality Bill Comes As States Move To Oppose FCC's Repeal  Deadline
  4. The backlash against the FCC's net neutrality decision gets its day in court  ConsumerAffairs
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  1. Kim Keenan: Maryland can't fix net neutrality  Maryland Daily Record
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  1. The Senate has its own insincere net neutrality bill  Engadget
  2. GOP Senator Introduces Net Neutrality Bill  Variety
  3. GOP senator offers his own net neutrality bill  The Hill
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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.