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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. Court rejects FCC request to delay net neutrality case | TheHill  The Hill
  2. No delay for net neutrality lawsuit in spite of government shutdown  CNET
  3. Fight continues to reverse rollback on Net Neutrality in federal court  KFVS
  4. Judge orders net neutrality lawsuit to go ahead despite shutdown  TechCrunch
  5. Shutdown will not delay net neutrality case  Seeking Alpha
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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 ...

FCC asks court for delay in case that could restore net neutrality rules  Ars Technica

FCC asks court to delay oral arguments, citing government shutdown.

Court Signals Green Light for Net Neutrality Argument  Broadcasting & Cable

It looks as though oral argument in the Mozilla et al. challenge to the FCC's Restoring Internet Freedom order rollback, Title II-based network neutrality ...

FCC Seeks Postponement of Net Neutrality Oral Argument  Broadcasting & Cable

With the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit signaling it planned to hold the Feb. 1 oral argument in Mozilla vs. the FCC partial government shutdown or not ...

Ajit Pai thanks Congress for helping him kill net neutrality rules  Ars Technica

Democratic effort to reverse repeal fell short as Congressional session ended.

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.

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 ...

FCC Wants Delay In Net Neutrality Trial Due To Government Shutdown, But Isn't Likely To Get It  Techdirt

The FCC is requesting a delay in the opening arguments in the looming lawsuit over the agency's repeal of net neutrality rules, citing the government shutdown ...

A year after net-neutrality’s repeal, the Internet is alive and well — and faster than ever  The Boston Globe

HERE'S A PIECE of news you may have missed: The internet is getting faster. The technology news website Recode reported this month that “US internet ...

Duff leads new net neutrality effort in Connecticut  Thehour.com

Connecticut lawmakers will weigh again this year whether to require broadband companies to adhere to “net neutrality” rules guaranteeing equal rates for the ...

The Year Without the Open Internet Order: 2018 Year in Review  EFF

In the waning hours of 2017, the Federal Communications Commission voted to repeal the 2015 Open Internet Order, ending net neutrality protections for the ...

House Dems campaigned on net neutrality. But will they act on it?  The Daily Dot

A majority of the newly-sworn in Democrats in the House of Representatives have made public statements supporting net neutrality, giving advocates hope that ...

Rep. Doyle wins subcommittee chairmanship, improving his odds of addressing net neutrality  Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

WASHINGTON – U.S. Rep. Mike Doyle couldn't muster the support he needed last term to restore Obama-era net neutrality rules, but Congress is different now, ...

The State of Net Neutrality  American Libraries

The Federal Communications Commission's (FCC) Restoring Internet Freedom Order (RIFO) took effect June 11, 2018, overturning the net neutrality rules the ...

Dori: Guess what? Net neutrality repeal wasn't the apocalypse  MyNorthwest.com

Contrary to what Jay Inslee, celebrities, and other loud Democrats were predicting, the repeal of net neutrality did not bring about the apocalypse.

AT&T Plans to Fire 7000 People Despite Tax Breaks, Net Neutrality Repeal  ExtremeTech

In 2017, the CEO of AT&T told America that his company would use its $20B tax windfall to invest in ...

Appeals court shoots down FCC's request to postpone start of legal battle over net neutrality  Phone Arena

A federal appeals court rejected the FCC's request to postpone the start of oral arguments in a suit filed by 23 attorneys general. The suit asks the court to force ...

Philly Dems support net neutrality — but not a petition for, you know, net neutrality  Philly.com

Philly Dems in the U.S. House say they support net neutrality — just don't ask them to sign a petition for it. Funny what a Comcast-shape shadow can do to you.

California Could Soon Have Its Own Version of the Internet  WIRED

The Chinese internet is not like the internet in the rest of the world. More than 150 of the world's 1,000 most popular internet sites are blocked in China, including ...

Stop Sending Regular Text Messages  Gizmodo

Thanks to a Federal Communications Commission vote last week, wireless carriers now have more control over your text messages. If that sounds ominous, ...

In 2019, net neutrality takes the first step toward an eventual Supreme Court ruling  Phone Arena

2018 was not a great year for net neutrality. The Obama-era rules were designed to prevent ISPs and wireless carriers from charging *content* streamers to ...

Here's the Key to Private Internet Browsing  Inverse

NordVPN is an ultra-secure provider and one of the very best VPNs you can find around. It features 3521 worldwide server locations in 61 different countries, ...

Maurice Carney on Congo Elections, Timothy Karr on FCC & Net Neutrality  FAIR

Elite US media, recently granted a rare audience with Congo's Joseph Kabila, seemed most interested in learning his favorite movie.

Morning Docket: 01.18.19  Above the Law

Trump instructed Michael Cohen to lie to Congress, which was a rotten thing to do to America's hottest lawyer. [Buzzfeed] * Skadden settles with government ...

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 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 ...

My 2018 Advertiser Of The Year Has An Appetite For Big Ideas  Forbes

Ever since the financial crisis of 2008 and the collapse of Lehman Brothers, companies have been leery of risk. This is true of their marketing operations also.

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.

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 ...

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 ...

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 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 ...

Sonic Announces Internet Service Improvement in the Bay Area  The Silicon Valley Voice

Sonic and eero have teamed up to bring high speed internet *service* to the Bay Area. Users can Gigabit Fiber in many local cities — not yet in Santa Clara.

Brad Johnson column: Sen. Rounds' town hall falls short  Watertown Public Opinion

I phoned into a Wednesday evening “town hall” event with Republican U.S. Sen. Mike Rounds out of curiosity as to whether an end is in sight to our government ...

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 ...

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 ...

What's The Plan Now That Net Neutrality Is Dead?  Forbes

Previously, I've written about the threat that net neutrality could be finally killed by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) and it looks like that day has ...

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, ...

Austrian Telecoms Regulator Rejects “Informal” Pirate Site Blocks  TorrentFreak

Following a dispute over informal 'pirate' site blocking requests sent to ISPs in Austria by rights holders, several providers reported themselves to the authorities ...

Report: AT&T plans layoffs despite claiming tax cut would create 7,000 jobs  Ars Technica

AT&T is reportedly planning a significant round of layoffs, despite receiving a large tax break and various regulatory favors such as the repeal of net neutrality ...

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 ...

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 ...

What you need to know about net neutrality in 2019  PC Gamer

On June 11th, 2018, the Federal Communications Commission repealed rules protecting net neutrality. These rules prevented private internet *service* providers ...

What is net neutrality and what does the repeal of it mean for you?  Atlanta Journal Constitution

On Monday, the Federal Communications Commission's repeal of the net neutrality rules went into effect. The rules had prohibited internet providers from ...

The Future of Net Neutrality  The Nation.

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

Net-neutrality is over. Now California, Oregon are stepping in  USA TODAY

Net neutrality is dead. Long live Net neutrality. The longtime hot-button issue — essentially about whether your Internet *service* provider should be able to block ...

Net neutrality bill 38 votes short in Congress, and time has almost run out  Ars Technica

Legislation to restore net neutrality rules now has 180 supporters in the US House of Representatives, but that's 38 votes short of the amount needed before the ...

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.

California’s net neutrality bill is back and as tough as ever  The Washington Post

California lawmakers will be moving forward with tough provisions in a legislative proposal that could turn into one of the most ambitious net neutrality laws in ...

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 ...

California's Net Neutrality Publicity Stunt Comes To An End  Forbes

California threw in the towel on its recently-passed state net neutrality law, acknowledging in a court filing that it had no legal basis to challenge an FCC ruling ...

What Is Net Neutrality? The Complete WIRED Guide  WIRED

Net neutrality is the idea that internet *service* providers like Comcast and Verizon should treat all *content* flowing through their cables and cell towers equally.

What the midterm election results could mean for net neutrality  MarketWatch

There could be a renewed push to reinstate Obama-era net neutrality rules.

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 ...

California agrees not to enforce its net neutrality law as Justice Dept. puts lawsuit on hold  Washington Post

California has struck a temporary agreement with the Justice Department not to move forward with a federal lawsuit challenging the state's new net neutrality law ...

California is leading the state-by-state fight for net neutrality  The Verge

After the FCC's repeal of net neutrality, states like California are getting involved.

U.S. Federal Appeals Court Wont Delay Talks About Net Neutrality  http://www.newsgram.com/

A federal appeals court said Thursday it would not delay oral arguments set for Feb. 1 on the Trump administration's decision to repeal the 2015 landmark net ...

California's Net Neutrality Law Is A Bad Idea -- It's Also Illegal  Forbes

Can you imagine trying to govern quintillions of bits and bytes, traveling at near light speed, through the air and down optical fibers, across state lines and ...

Senate Democrats force vote to reinstate net neutrality  CNN

More than a dozen Democratic senators called publicly Wednesday for reinstating net neutrality protections, and moved to force a vote on the proposal.

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, ...

Internet providers are joining Trump’s DOJ in suing California over net neutrality  Washington Post

Internet providers have sued the state of California in an effort to block its new net neutrality law from going into effect, adding momentum to a high-stakes legal ...

Democrats to force vote Wednesday on net neutrality  CNN

Senate Democrats will force a vote Wednesday to repeal changes to net neutrality rules that were recently adopted by the Republican-controlled Federal ...

U.S. 'net neutrality' rules will expire on June 11: FCC  Reuters

Landmark U.S. "net neutrality" rules will expire on June 11, and new regulations handing providers broad new power over how consumers can access the ...

The FBI is now investigating fake anti-net neutrality comments  The Verge

The federal government is now looking into faked comments posted to the FCC's website during its public comments period as the agency moved to roll back net ...

Trump administration rejects states' argument on net neutrality  Reuters

Federal Communications Commission chairman Ajit Pai rejected arguments Monday that states should be able to impose their own net neutrality protections ...

It's finally happening: Net neutrality rules that sparked intense debate to end next month  USA TODAY

The Federal Communication Commission's net neutrality rules preventing Internet *service* providers from blocking or slowing legal traffic will be replaced on ...

WTF is California’s net neutrality bill?  Digiday

With Comcast owning NBCUniversal, Verizon owning Oath, and AT&T owning WarnerMedia (née Time Warner), internet and wireless providers appear to have ...

Net neutrality activists, state officials are taking the FCC to court. Here’s how they’ll argue the case.  The Washington Post

Opponents of the Federal Communications Commission's decision to repeal net neutrality rules have outlined their chief arguments to a federal appeals court in ...

The Supreme Court and House Democrats breathe new life into net neutrality  Brookings Institution

Tom Wheeler writes about what a Supreme Court decision not to hear an appeal and a new Democratic majority in the House mean for net neutrality.

Reliance Jio may be blocking proxy and VPN websites and violating net neutrality: Report  BGR India

A new report has emerged on the internet indicating that Reliance Jio, one of the largest telecom operators in India may be violating net neutrality. As part of the ...

RIP Net Neutrality Unless Resurrected By Legislation Or A Court  Forbes

For the most part, net neutrality died on Monday, April 23rd. It's death warrant was signed a couple of months earlier when the Federal Communications ...

Senate passes measure repealing changes to net neutrality rules  CNN

Washington (CNN) The Senate voted Wednesday to pass a measure that would repeal changes to net neutrality rules that were recently adopted by the ...

Internet groups urge U.S. court to reinstate 'net neutrality' rules  Reuters

A coalition of trade groups representing companies including Alphabet Inc, Facebook Inc and Amazon.com Inc, urged a U.S. appeals court to reinstate landmark ...

FCC chairman says California’s net neutrality bill is ‘egregious’ and ‘illegal’  The Verge

The bill, which was passed last month but has not yet been signed into law, enacts even stricter net neutrality rules than those the FCC recently overturned.

Should Net Neutrality Be Restored? - Top 3 Pros and Cons  ProCon.org

The net neutrality rules adopted in 2015 regulated the internet as a common carrier, the same category as telephone *service*, under Title II of the ...

The wrong way to protect net neutrality | Clark  Reno Gazette Journal

Sound bites may be a good way to win elections, but they are not the best way to govern. The latest proof comes out of California where the state's new ...

The FCC’s vote repealing its net neutrality rules is finally official. Here’s what happens now.  The Washington Post

The FCC's net neutrality vote has finally been published in the Federal Register, the government's official record of all administrative actions. The moment is key, ...

You Can Make the House of Representatives Restore Net Neutrality  EFF

For all intents and purposes, the fate of net neutrality this year sits completely within the hands of a majority of members of the House of Representatives. For one ...

Senators oppose FCC plan for ‘rollback of net neutrality’ for text messages  MarketWatch

They urged the commission to avoid the 'blocking or discrimination of lawful *content*'

Prepare for the future without net neutrality  Network World

With the end of net neutrality, it is important for organizations to prepare for any potential changes in their internet *service*.

The Motorola Razr could return as a $1,500 foldable smartphone  TechCrunch

Motorola has revived the Razr name a few times over the years, but the once-mighty brand has failed to regain the heights of its early days as an ultra-slim flip ...

What's Next for Net Neutrality?  eMarketer

California is blazing a trail for restoring net neutrality. On August 31, California state lawmakers passed a bill preventing internet *service* providers (ISPs) from ...

Santa Clara firefighters helped save net neutrality  Fast Company

By shutting down their broadband in the middle of an emergency, Verizon may have unwittingly proved that California needs to regulate Big ISPs.

The FCC Has Made the Same Mistake for Text Messaging That It Did for Net Neutrality  EFF

Almost exactly a year ago, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) voted to strip net neutrality protections from the Internet and reclassify Internet ...

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 ...

William P. Barr has opposed net neutrality rules for years  Fast Company

Willam P. Barr, who was nominated today, has long opposed net neutrality rules, which would be welcome news for major ISPs like Verizon, AT&T, and ...

Applying The Trump Doctrine To Net Neutrality  Forbes

Republicans should follow the Trump doctrine and insist that net neutrality regulation apply to big tech monopolies.

Senate votes to halt repeal of Obama-era net neutrality rules  USA TODAY

Senate Democrats force vote to save net neutrality, but Obama-era rules face long odds in the House.

California just passed its net neutrality law. The DOJ is already suing  CNN

San Francisco (CNN Business) The Department of Justice said it is filing a lawsuit against the state of California over its new net neutrality protections, hours ...

Wireless industry teamed up with ALEC to take on net neutrality  Fast Company

Conservative nonprofits, such as ALEC, that support an anti-regulatory agenda, received more than $3 million in donations from high-profile telecom trade ...

FCC Chair Ajit Pai Admits Millions of Russian and Fake Comments Distorted Net Neutrality Repeal  Fortune

FCC Chair Ajit Pai admits millions of fake comments submitted in net neutrality process came from Russian email addresses and other sources.

India just approved new net neutrality rules  The Verge

India's Department of Telecommunications has approved net neutrality rules that were proposed last year. They ban blocking, throttling, and zero-rating internet ...

99.7 Percent of Unique FCC Comments Favored Net Neutrality  Motherboard

A new report from Stanford University shows that most commenters were knowledgeable about the issue and very much in favor of keeping the protections.

AT&T CEO: State net neutrality and privacy laws are a “total disaster”  Ars Technica

AT&T CEO Randall Stephenson yesterday urged Congress to pass net neutrality and consumer data privacy laws that would prevent states from issuing their ...

California’s net neutrality legislation just got watered down in a big way  Washington Post

Lawmakers in California's State Assembly have weakened a landmark bill aimed at implementing a local version of the Federal Communications Commission's ...

Can net neutrality be saved in Illinois?  Chicago Tribune

As you may have heard, national regulations governing net neutrality were officially repealed by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) last month.

House Republican backs effort to restore net neutrality rules  Reuters

A Republican in the U.S. House of Representatives said on Tuesday he will back an uphill battle to try to force a vote to restore net neutrality rules that were ...

Telecom lobbyists investigated over fake net neutrality comments  The Verge

The New York Attorney General's Office subpoenaed over a dozen different telecommunications lobbying groups on Tuesday to help determine whether they ...

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.