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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 Upholds Net Neutrality Repeal, With Some Caveats  The New York Times
  2. Appeals court ruling upholds FCC’s canceling of net neutrality rules  The Washington Post
  3. Appeals court upholds net neutrality rules but provides path for states to push back  CNN
  4. Net neutrality repeal upheld by US Court of Appeals allows states to save the open internet.  Slate
  5. FCC's net neutrality repeal is upheld, but with caveats  CBS News
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  1. Researcher says the FCC's central argument for repealing net neutrality has no evidence  Quartz
  2. The court let the FCC kill net neutrality, here's why  The Verge
  3. Net neutrality: The FCC's broken comments system afflicts the whole government.  Slate
  4. Upholding FCC's repeal of net neutrality rules, court opens door for California to enforce its own  Los Angeles Times
  5. Breaking down this week's net neutrality court decision  Mozilla & Firefox
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FCC?  Brookings Institution Appeals court upholds net neutrality repeal but rules FCC can't block state laws | TheHill  The Hill States Rush To Protect Net Neutrality On Heels Of Court Ruling  Techdirt Study Proves The FCC's Core Justification for Killing Net Neutrality Was False  VICE Net Neutrality Battleground Shifts After FCC Court Victory  Washington Examiner Trump and FCC's Pai lunched after net neutrality decision  Axios Following a federal decision, lawmakers weigh possible MN net neutrality law  Minnesota Daily FCC’s Gutting of Obama-Era U.S. Net Neutrality Rules Upheld  Bloomberg Net-Neutrality Battle Moves to States, and to 2020 | News  KMAland Net Neutrality Is A Sideshow To Big Tech's Online Conversation Bans  The Federalist The Public Is Clearly on the Side of Net Neutrality  Truthout FCC chair defends ending net neutrality; promotes competition  NET Nebraska Sohn: FCC Authority is Key to Compromise Net Neutrality Bill  Broadcasting & Cable Editorial: Internet’s future rests on California’s defense of net neutrality law  The Mercury News Every word Ajit Pai says about Net Neutrality is a lie, including "and" and "the"  Boing Boing Industry Voices—Entner: Back to the future on net neutrality  FierceWireless Ross: Net neutrality, fake commenters, and a test case for treason VPNs may be your best weapon against internet throttling  CNET 10.11.19 FCC battle vs states over net neutrality; Clark Stinks  Boston 25 News California gets a net neutrality win, but fight is far from over  CALmatters A bipartisan solution to the net neutrality impass could boost telehealth Net Neutrality Ruling, Rebranding California Dates, Clean Air Day  89.3 KPCC Bullock cheers ruling upholding Montana net-neutrality provision  KPAX-TV Bullock cheers ruling upholding Montana's net neutrality provision  Missoula Current State Sen. Slap to work for net neutrality bill  West Hartford News Media Roundtable: FRONTLINE Investigates The Rule Of Mohammad Bin Salman; Net Neutrality  KALW Dana Gold on Whistleblower Protections, Craig Aaron on Net Neutrality Setback  FAIR Since the rollback of net-neutrality, real investments have gone back up, and average internet speeds have increased by 40% in the last year.  550 KTSA Montana News Bullock cheers court ruling upholding Montana net-neutrality provision MTN News 6:45 PM  KTVQ Billings News NY lawmakers craft net neutrality bill  NEWS10 ABC What is ISP Tracking and Why Should I Be Concerned?  Programming Insider Federal court rules that FCC had the right to dump net-neutrality rules, but couldn't bar states from passing their own  Houston Chronicle Break stalemate  Montana Standard Years to launch  Community Voice New Pew Research Study: A Majority of Americans Know Little About Digital Security and Privacy  CPO Magazine Thursday, October 17, 2019: Just the beginning for Lincoln, state authority to protect the internet, bearing arms and paying medical bills  Bangor Daily News Reflecting On One Year Without Net Neutrality  Forbes Get a Refurbished iPhone X for Less Than $580 House votes to restore net neutrality rules  CNN iSchool Welcomes Two New Postdoctoral Scholars, Mei Zhang and Melinda Sebastian  Syracuse University News We Survived the Net-Neutrality Apocalypse  National Review The Disney+ rollout shows the streaming wars are over. Viewers lost.  NBC News A Year After the Repeal of Net Neutrality, Debate Rages On  Government Technology Net neutrality was repealed a year ago — what’s happened since?  The Verge U.S. House to vote to reinstate net neutrality rules in April  Reuters Today Is a Huge Day in the Fight to Restore Net Neutrality  Slate FCC approves controversial T-Mobile-Sprint merger  E&T Magazine Best of the Decade: TV Shows with real world implications  Mashable U.S. House to vote on net neutrality bill on Tuesday  Reuters Consumer privacy influencing product rollouts: Facebook  Economic Times Only Congress Can End the Net Neutrality War  Multichannel News Net Neutrality Could Be “Make or Break” for Those in Real Estate  Daily Beast Gamers Are Organizing a Mass Protest at Blizzard's BlizzCon  Waypoint Net Neutrality: Not New, But More Important Than Ever | Public Knowledge  Public Knowledge Tech News and Comment In the United States, Net Neutrality Makes a Comeback  CPO Magazine 'Net neutrality' rules quietly fade away | Opinion |  Portage Daily Register Advocates Keep Pushing for Net Neutrality While Opponents Tout Benefits of Repeal  InsideSources This Summer, Take Some Time to Stand Up for Net Neutrality  EFF Net Neutrality Gets a Power-Up from Democrats  WIRED Net neutrality needed a reboot Bill That Would Restore Net Neutrality Moves Forward Despite Telecom's Best Efforts to Kill it  Motherboard Net Neutrality Needs An Alternate Narrative  Multichannel News A Year Without Net Neutrality: No Big Changes (Yet)  WIRED Democrats to push to reinstate repealed 'net neutrality' rules  Reuters No Net Neutrality Questions In Four Debates Hosted By ISP-Owned Networks  Forbes Only 15% of Americans can identify Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey in a photo  CNBC Why Net Neutrality Advocates Remain Optimistic  WIRED Broadband Providers Are Quietly Taking Advantage of an Internet Without Net Neutrality Protections | Public Knowledge  Public Knowledge Tech News and Comment Americans and Digital Knowledge | Pew Research Center  Pew Research Center's Internet and American Life Project Activists challenge 2020 candidates to sign net neutrality pledge  CNET Is Verizon at Risk for A Call for Breakup?  Yonkers Times Net Neutrality Updates  American Libraries Why net neutrality is an economic debate - Georgetown Public Policy Review  Georgetown Public Policy Review Democrats' latest net neutrality bill is a partisan death sentence for internet innovation  USA TODAY Sorry, FCC—killing net neutrality probably didn’t expand internet access  MIT Technology Review Net Neutrality Has Officially Been Repealed. Here’s How That Could Affect You.  The New York Times These are the 2019 court fights that will decide the future of net neutrality  Los Angeles Times FCC Chair Ajit Pai Says Internet Speeds Have Increased Since Net Neutrality Repeal  Observer Congress, Not the Courts, Could End the Net Neutrality Debate  Government Technology What to Expect When You're Expecting a Net Neutrality Decision  Benton Foundation Net Neutrality Debate Revving Back Up Again, Stuck In Same Gear  Forbes CT House Dems help roll out bill to ease college debt  CT Insider What Is Net Neutrality and Why Is It Important in 2019?  TheStreet Tech 'Town Crier' – Briefs From the Region (2) – 10/15/19  Explore Big Sky Net Neutrality Fake-Off Shows Politics Are Messed Up  Forbes Could Congress Settle the Net Neutrality Debate, Once and for All?  Variety What's Changed Since Net Neutrality Repeal A Year Ago  Wisconsin Public Radio News Killing Net Neutrality Rules Did Far More Harm Than You Probably Realize  Techdirt None Of The Claimed Benefits Of Killing Net Neutrality Ever Arrived  Techdirt Net neutrality battle heads to court in 2019  CNET Net Neutrality Bill Passes Crucial Committee Vote  EFF We All Agree on Net Neutrality, Except When We Don't …Again  Benton Foundation Net neutrality's ultimate champion keeps on fighting  CNET What Net Neutrality In California Could Mean For Facebook, Google And Apple  Forbes

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.