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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. FCC to officially publish net neutrality repeal Thursday  CNET
  2. Net Neutrality Gets Its Official Execution Dateā€”But the Fights to Keep It Alive Are Going Strong  Gizmodo
  3. FCC expected to repeal net neutrality rules on Thursday  ABC News
  4. The FCC's net neutrality rules will officially expire in late April  Ars Technica
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  1. Man pleads guilty to threatening congressman over net neutrality  The Hill
  2. New York man pleads guilty to threatening congressman over net neutrality  Washington Times
  3. Officials: Man admits threatening US Rep over net neutrality  Seattle Times
  4. Syracuse man pleads guilty to threatening to kill Katko, family over net neutrality  Syracuse.com
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  1. Morfeld: Net neutrality important to Nebraska's future  Lincoln Journal Star
  2. Op-Ed: Net neutrality state laws are doomed to fail  Watchdog.org
  3. Alaska Lawmakers Call for the State to Contract Only With Internet Service Providers that Practice Net Neutrality  SitNews
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  1. FCC to officially rescind net neutrality rules on Thursday  The Hill
  2. FCC reversal of net neutrality rules expected to be published Thursday: sources  Reuters
  3. Morfeld: Net neutrality important to the state's future  Lincoln Journal Star
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  1. US cable giant tries to wriggle out of 'crap ISP' legal battle now that net neutrality is dead  The Register
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  1. Tim Armstrong: People need to vote on net neutrality  Marketplace.org
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  1. Letter: Net neutrality essential to protect youth's voices  Albany Times Union
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  1. Repeal of net neutrality raises fears worldwide  Raconteur
  2. Vermont governor becomes 5th to issue net neutrality order  StateScoop
  3. More States Insist on Net Neutrality  Radio magazine
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  1. A better path to net neutrality  Albany Times Union
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  1. UPDATE 1-FCC reversal of net neutrality rules expected to be published Thursday -sources  Reuters
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  1. France's telecom regulator thinks net neutrality should also apply to devices  TechCrunch
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  1. Could The End Of Net Neutrality Mean The Rise Of Public Broadband?  UPROXX
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  1. Net Neutrality Compromise Remains an Elusive Prize  Multichannel News
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  1. In the fight over net neutrality, librarians call for action  AL.com
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  1. Net Neutrality and the Danger of a Corporatized Democracy  The American Prospect
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  1. To kill net neutrality, FCC might have to fight more than half of US states  Ars Technica
  2. 3 Ways the Net Neutrality Repeal Can Damage Your Business  Entrepreneur
  3. Vermont becomes fifth US state to boot up its own net neutrality rules  The Register
  4. What is net neutrality and why should New Zealanders care about it?  Stuff.co.nz
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  1. Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak speaks out on net neutrality, privacy and Star Trek versus Star Wars at USF  Tampa Bay Business Journal
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  1. US representatives pile questions on the FCC regarding net neutrality comment process  TechCrunch
  2. Pressure mounts on FCC to cough up answers over fake net neutrality comments  The Register
  3. The Repeal of Net Neutrality Could Kill Independent Porn  Jezebel
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  1. Vermont becomes fifth state to sign order supporting net neutrality  Digital Trends
  2. Group Says National Standard Needed For Net Neutrality  WAMC
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  1. RI Center for Freedom & Prosperity Blasts Progressive Dems Net Neutrality Bills  GoLocalProv
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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.