Regional Bell Operating Company (RBOC)

Sign up for Internet service with your local regional phone company. Our massive internet servers, hostname molassas and ketchup, will deliver internet to you in the fashion you have become accustomed to getting from us. After all, we are the phone company. Where else are you going to go?

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. The FCC Says Net Neutrality Lawsuits Are Moot Because It Already Repealed Net Neutrality  Motherboard
  2. Net Neutrality is Dead and the Internet is Getting Faster  Independent Women's Forum (blog)
  3. Full coverage
  1. State Net Neutrality Regulations Are An Exercise In Futility  Forbes
  2. Full coverage
  1. California is trying to pass a net neutrality bill — and broadband providers are trying to gut it  Los Angeles Times
  2. Net Neutrality Activist Action Gears Up Again  Multichannel News
  3. Implore US House to support net neutrality  TCPalm
  4. Full coverage
  1. House Democrats demand answers from Ajit Pai ahead of net neutrality testimony  The Daily Dot
  2. Ajit Pai's FCC Lied to Congress About Net Neutrality. They Should Act Now to Reverse the Repeal  Common Dreams
  3. #NetNeutrality: Will FCC Chairman Ajit Pai Face the Music at a Congressional Hearing This Week?  The Root
  4. House Democrats are demanding answers from FCC Chairman Ajit Pai about his now-debunked cyberattack claim  Business Insider
  5. House Dems lay into FCC chair over false cyberattack claims  CNET
  6. Full coverage
  1. Congress is set to grill the FCC's chairman for falsely claiming his agency was hit with a cyberattack — here's how it ...  Business Insider
  2. When Did Ajit Pai Know?  Gizmodo Australia
  3. Google Fiber Could Be Sped up by Ajit Pai and the FCC  Game Revolution
  4. Full coverage
  1. Pro-Net Neutrality Big Tech - Is with Conservatives as Anti-Neutrality as You Can Get  The Heartland Institute
  2. Full coverage
  1. US internet speeds increase since end of net neutrality, possibly because everyone's dead  Twitchy
  2. US Internet Speed Has Gone From 12th To 6th Fastest Since End Of Net Neutrality  The Daily Caller
  3. THURSDAY: Small Business Owners Hold Telephone Press Conference as Congressional Resolution to Restore Net ...  Common Dreams
  4. Full coverage
  1. California's Net Neutrality Bill Is Back from the Dead, with the Help of Its Biggest Detractor  Motherboard
  2. California Lawmakers Renew Push For Net Neutrality  MediaPost Communications
  3. With Crucial California Bill Back in Play, Lawmakers Warned to Back Net Neutrality or "Feel Constituents' Wrath"  Truthout
  4. Full coverage
  1. Is the Trump administration's re-killing of net neutrality a big deal?  CNET
  2. FCC now says there were no cyber attacks during net neutrality comment period  Chicago Tribune
  3. The FCC claimed it got hacked last year over net neutrality. But an internal watchdog says that isn't true.  Washington Post
  4. OFFICE OF INSPECTOR GENERAL Washington, DC 20554 August 6, 2018 ... - Federal Communications Commission  Federal Communications Commission
  5. Ajit Pai admits FCC lied about “DDoS,” blames it on Obama administration  Ars Technica
  6. Full coverage
  1. The One Telecom Group That Does Support Net Neutrality  WIRED
  2. Full coverage
  1. What the repeal of net neutrality regulations means for cyber security  GeekWire
  2. Full coverage
  1. Charter Asks Supreme Court Justice to Block AG's Request for Net Neutrality, Merger Documents  Law.com
  2. Full coverage
  1. Trump Administration Tells Supreme Court to Wipe Out Decision Upholding Net Neutrality  Hollywood Reporter
  2. DOJ and FCC request Supreme Court vacate 2016 net neutrality ruling  The Verge
  3. The Court Fight Over Net Neutrality Is Far From Over  ABC Action News
  4. Full coverage
  1. John Oliver, not bot attack, a source of FCC's flood of negative web comments on net neutrality repeal: Watchdog  ABC News
  2. Net Neutrality Controversies Yield No Clarity  Light Reading
  3. “Attack” on FCC over net neutrality was legitimate traffic, report says  Naked Security
  4. John Oliver did it! FCC Inspector General says crashed website WASN'T hacked and instead blames popular ...  Daily Mail
  5. Full coverage
  1. We the people will not let net neutrality die  Chicago Tribune
  2. Full coverage
  1. A House Republican Joins the Fight to Save Net Neutrality  WIRED
  2. House Republican backs effort to restore net neutrality rules  Reuters
  3. Bill to save net neutrality gets first Republican vote in US House  Ars Technica
  4. The 21st Century Internet Act aims to enshrine net neutrality in law  TechCrunch
  5. Full coverage
  1. Pai Pens Letter Defending Net Neutrality Rollback  Law360
  2. Full coverage
  1. Here's how much money anti-net neutrality members of Congress have received from the telecom industry  Mashable
  2. To Make Sure They Know 'The Internet Is Keeping Score,' Net Neutrality Defenders Ramp Up Pressure on House ...  Common Dreams
  3. Full coverage
  1. Massachusetts proposes net neutrality law to call out bad ISPs  CNET
  2. Full coverage
  1. Net neutrality foe Marsha Blackburn gets 85% of the vote in GOP Senate primary  Ars Technica
  2. Full coverage

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.