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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.

GAO Report: The Net Neutrality Debate Complicates Data Privacy  Government Technology

The problem is — as the U.S. Government Accountability Office report notes — the Federal Communications Commission and Federal Trade Commission ...

Blockbuster Gizmodo investigation reveals probable masterminds of the massive anti-Net Neutrality identity theft/astroturf campaign  Boing Boing

US government agencies can't just make up rules: they're require to show that the rules they make reflect the best evidence, and part of that is a "notice and ...

House GOP Leaders Urge Engagement on Net Neutrality Bills  Broadcasting & Cable

Republican House Energy & Commerce Committee leaders are urging their Democratic counterparts to engage on three net neutrality bills the Republicans ...

How 'Zero-Rating' Offers Threaten Net-Neutrality In The Developing World  Forbes

'Zero-Rating'— the commercial practice whereby an internet *service* provider (ISP) doesn't count the use of an app or *service* against your monthly data cap ...

Net Neutrality Goes Back To Court  NPR

The Internet once again finds itself in court today, as the Federal Communications Commission defends its decision to repeal net neutrality rules put in place by ...

It's Now Clear None of the Supposed Benefits of Killing Net Neutrality Are Real  Motherboard

In the months leading up to the FCC assault on net neutrality, big telecom and FCC boss Ajit Pai told anybody who'd listen that killing net neutrality would boost ...

Internet Providers Are Investing Less Despite Net Neutrality's Death  Fortune

Recent earnings reports show the big U.S. ISPs are not investing more, as they said they would if net neutrality rules were scrapped.

The Public Deserves a Return to the 2015 Open Internet Order  EFF

Congress is actively debating how to fix the FCC's repeal of the net neutrality rules. But the first bills offered (H.R. 1101 (Walden), H.R. 1006 (Latta), and H.R. ...

Net neutrality is facing an old partisan divide in a new Congress  The Verge

House lawmakers from the Energy and Commerce Committee held their first hearing on net neutrality today, and while most said they agreed with several key ...

Investigators, Reporters Close In On The Origins Of Those Fake Net Neutrality Comments  Techdirt

As several Attorneys General and the FBI investigate who was behind the fake net neutrality comments that plagued the FCC website during the late 2017 ...

This net neutrality rule has real consequences for cellular data bills  The Verge

A lack of net neutrality rules can have real-world consequences on wireless data prices, according to a new study by Epicenter.works. The new data from dozens ...

Net neutrality fight returns to court | TheHill  The Hill

Net neutrality supporters will get their day in court this week as they challenge the Federal Communications Commission's (FCC) repeal of the popular ...

Net Neutrality Updates  American Libraries

How will the pending Mozilla et al v. Federal Communications Commission (FCC) case on net neutrality affect libraries?

Wheeler, Powell to Testify on Net Neutrality  Multichannel News

Former FCC chairmen Tom Wheeler and Michael Powell will be among the high-profile witnesses at the Feb. 7 House Communications Subcommittee hearing ...

Texas bill would ban internet throttling in disaster areas  The Verge

This Texas bill, HB 1426, doesn't go any further to codify net neutrality rules, only prohibiting carriers from restricting internet access in disaster areas. It does not ...

Broadband Providers Are Quietly Taking Advantage of an Internet Without Net Neutrality Protections  Public Knowledge Tech News and Comment

In December 2017, the Federal Communications Commission under Chairman Ajit Pai voted to repeal net neutrality rules enacted two years earlier. While 83 ...

FCC Says Gutting ISP Oversight Was Great For Broadband  Motherboard

Ajit Pai's FCC insists that ignoring consumers and gutting oversight of major ISPs dramatically boosted network investment. Reality suggests something else ...

Ajit Pai says broadband access is soaring—and that he’s the one to thank  Ars Technica

Ajit Pai says the Federal Communications Commission's annual broadband assessment will show that his deregulatory policies have substantially improved ...

It’s Been More Than A Year Since Net Neutrality Was Killed, But Dems Are Still Working On Its Revival  The Daily Caller

Here is where net neutrality is today after regulators in the Trump administration dinged the Obama-era rule slightly more than a year ago.

Ajit Pai Claims His FCC Improved Broadband Access  WIRED

But progress was actually similar to what it was during the Obama era.

Zero rating: Another way of poisoning net neutrality  ZDNet

A recent study found ISP zero-rating business practices -- offering a *service* such as DirecTV without charging for the bandwidth -- actually ends up increasing ...

House Republicans Urge Support For 'Reasonable' Open Internet Laws 02/25/2019  MediaPost Communications

House Republicans are asking Democrats to support “reasonable” net neutrality bills that would reinstate some -- but not all -- of the Obama-era rules.

Verizon asks the FCC to let it lock new smartphones for 60 days  The Verge

Verizon is asking the Federal Communications Commission to let it keep new smartphones locked to its network for 60 days, as part of an initiative to prevent ...

5 Ways in Which the Indian Internet Will Change in the Next 5 Years  Entrepreneur

As India metamorphoses into an Internet state, the next 5 year will bring the kind of change that was seen when credit cards became free and everyone had one, ...

The Obama Policies Trump Killed Were Some Of The 44th President's Hallmark Achievements  Bustle

Donald Trump was inaugurated as president of the United States on Jan. 20, 2017. Since then, he has run an administration vastly different than that of his ...

Mayors or the FCC: Who understands the broadband needs of metropolitan residents?  Brookings Institution

Who would Americans trust to best understand the broadband-related interests of the residents of a city: its mayor, or the head of the Federal Communications ...

Washington bureaucrats are handing China keys to 5G kingdom | TheHill  The Hill

In the race with China to be the first country to deploy a 5G network, the Commerce Department is obstructing US progress.

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.

CenturyLink Is In A Value Price Range  Seeking Alpha

The growth of 5G and the Internet of Things will propel further increases in business. Elimination of net neutrality opens up opportunity for CenturyLink to ret.

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 ...

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.

House to Continue Neverending Debate Over Obvious Need for Federal Data-Privacy Law  Gizmodo

Privacy and security remain a centerpiece of House Democrats' agenda this year. To further efforts to pass comprehensive federal law shielding consumers from ...

The Cases That Could Decide the Fate of Net Neutrality  Government Technology

The fight over Obama-era Internet protections is taking place at several levels of the judicial system in 2019. One case asks whether the Federal ...

Court rejects FCC request to delay net neutrality case | TheHill  The Hill

A federal appeals court denied the Federal Communications Commission's request to postpone oral arguments in a court battle over the agency's decision to ...

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 ...

CAGW Names Rep. Mike Doyle February 2019 Porker of the Month  The WasteWatcher

Citizens Against Government Waste (CAGW) named Rep. Mike Doyle (D-Pa.) February 2019 Porker of the Month for spouting wild inaccuracies about the rebirth ...

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 ...

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 ...

Citizens Against Government Waste Names Rep. Mike Doyle February 2019 Porker of the Month  Business Wire

Citizens Against Government Waste named Rep. Mike Doyle February 2019 Porker of the Month for spouting wild inaccuracies about internet freedom.

Verizon adds 2 firms  Politico

Peck Madigan Jones signs 4 — Perdue headlines a fundraiser for Perdue.

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 ...

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.

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 ...

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, ...

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.

California has sued the Trump administration 46 times. Here are the lawsuits | TheHill  The Hill

As President Trump enters his third year of the presidency, California's Attorney General Xavier Becerra (D) has remained a persistent thorn in the side of his ...

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 ...

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 ...

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, ...

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 ...

The State of Net Neutrality  American Libraries

In June, the FCC overturned the net neutrality rules the agency established in 2015. Since then, many states and other entities have taken it upon themselves 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 ...

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 ...

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 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 ...

What the midterm election results could mean for net neutrality  MarketWatch

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

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 ...

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.

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 ...

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 ...

The Future of Net Neutrality  The Nation.

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

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 ...

Supreme Court on Net Neutrality Review: Not Happening!  No Jitter

Since the earliest days following the D.C. Circuit's decision to uphold the FCC's 2015 Net neutrality rules, seven separate court cases have been appealed to the ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

FCC chairman acknowledges Russia interfered in net neutrality public comments | TheHill  The Hill

Federal Communications Commission (FCC) Chairman Ajit Pai is acknowledging that Russia-linked email addresses weighed in during the public comment ...

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 ...

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.

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 ...

Last gasp: Net neutrality activists scramble for votes in Congress  CNET

As time gets short to force action in the House, pressure mounts on telecom-backed Democrats.

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 ...

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 ...

Sorry, Ajit: Comcast lowered cable investment despite net neutrality repeal  Ars Technica

Comcast's cable division spent 3 percent less on capital expenditures last year, despite promises that the repeal of net neutrality rules would boost broadband ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

Voters deserve better than net neutrality politics  Forbes

Some 34000 startups launched in the wake of removing misguided internet regulation from 2015, but states want to reimpose rules which violate equal access ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

The FCC Says Net Neutrality Lawsuits Are Moot Because It Already Repealed Net Neutrality  Motherboard

The Federal Communications Commission is making every effort to shut down lawsuits against its decision to repeal net neutrality, including employing some ...

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 ...

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.

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 ...

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.

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.

Was I wrong about net neutrality?  Youngstown Vindicator

By Adam Earnheardt · acearnheardt@ysu.edu. “You were wrong about net neutrality,” a friend texted me last week. The text included a link to the latest U.S. ...

Senate votes for net neutrality return, but major hurdles remain  USA TODAY

Senate Democrats on Wednesday voted to reinstate 2015 FCC rules preventing broadband services from blocking or slowing online data.

California's Net Neutrality Bill Should Be Signed Into Law  EFF

Millions of Californians are waiting for Gov. Jerry Brown to affirm their call for a free and open Internet.After Congress reversed the Federal Communication ...

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 ...

Internet Giants And Small Business Owners Declare 'Red Alert' On Net Neutrality  Forbes Now

Internet companies are once again expressing their support for net neutrality as some lawmakers move to block the FCC's attempts to weaken the Obama-era ...

Mike Pompeo Rules Himself Out Of Kansas' Open 2020 Senate Seat  The Daily Wire

On Thursday, U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo ruled out his possible candidacy for a soon-to-be vacated U.S. Senate seat in his home state of Kansas.

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.

Internet provider groups sue Vermont over net neutrality law  Reuters

Five industry groups representing major internet providers and cable companies filed suit on Thursday seeking to block a Vermont law barring companies that ...

Why the Internet is suddenly protesting on net neutrality all over again  The Washington Post

Internet activists and tech companies are kicking off a series of protests Wednesday to draw attention to net neutrality once again. What's at stake now is a key ...

Netflix CEO Says U.S. Rollback of Net Neutrality Rules Is No Big Deal  Variety

Netflix chief Reed Hastings -- who has been an ardent and vocal supporter of net neutrality rules to ensure *service* providers don't discriminate against internet ...

U.S. Investigating Fake Comments on ‘Net Neutrality’  The Wall Street Journal

The U.S. has launched a criminal investigation into millions of fake comments filed to the FCC last year on rules governing the internet, according to an ...

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.