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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.

Over 100 activist groups urge McConnell to take up net neutrality bill in the Senate | TheHill  The Hill

A coalition of more than 100 activist groups is urging Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) to take up a bill in the upper chamber to restore net ...

We Survived the Net-Neutrality Apocalypse  National Review

Opponents of the FCC's decision to loosen Title II regulations told us the Internet as we know it would end. It didn't.

Average internet speed up one year after net neutrality repeal  Washington Examiner

Nearly a year after the repeal of net neutrality took effect, the average internet speed in the United States for fixed broadband rose 28% and the country is now ...

Ajit Pai promised that killing Net Neutrality would spur investment and improve service: a year later, service and investment have declined  Boing Boing

A year ago, Trump FCC Chairman (and former Verizon exec) Ajit Pai killed Net Neutrality, leveraging illegal, fraudulent industry dirty tricks to ram his rule through ...

Don’t Forget the ‘Net Neutrality’ Panic  The Wall Street Journal

This week marks a year since the Federal Communications Commission officially laid “net neutrality” to rest, ending the Obama Administration's regulation of ...

Democrats press Mitch McConnell to take up net neutrality bill  The Verge

Today, Sen. Ed Markey (D-MA) took to the floor of the Senate in an attempt to force a vote on a bill to reinstate net neutrality on the one-year anniversary of its ...

The FCC said repealing net-neutrality rules would help consumers: It hasn’t  Yahoo Finance

The end of net neutrality was supposed to bring consumers better internet speeds and more broadband companies to choose from. It hasn't.

Why Net Neutrality Advocates Remain Optimistic  WIRED

A member of Congress and an FCC commissioner urge supporters to keep up the pressure to restore net neutrality despite opposition in the Senate and White ...

Gottheimer, others want a compromise on net neutrality. We think that's a good thing, group says  NJ.com

Dozens are now backing a bipartisan working group to create consensus net neutrality legislation and want the support of their leaders.

Sorry, FCC—killing net neutrality probably didn’t expand internet access  MIT Technology Review

If you believe the US Federal Communications Commission, last June's end of net neutrality—the system that required internet *service* providers to treat all data ...

Good news; the market has neutered net neutrality  Washington Examiner

It's been a year since the world ended. In case you didn't notice, that dire event took place when the Trump administration ended the policy of net neutrality.

47 Democrats cave on net neutrality after GOP calls bill “dead on arrival”  Ars Technica

Forty-seven Democratic members of Congress are calling for a net neutrality compromise with Republicans, who have refused to support a full restoration of the ...

One year after Trump killed net neutrality, the internet is doing great  Lifesite

Was there ever anything Democrats made a bigger stink about than the need for net neutrality and its subsequent repeal?

Ajit Pai: The greatest threat to the internet is Silicon Valley, not ISPs  The Verge

One day after the anniversary of the end of net neutrality, Federal Communications Commission Chairman Ajit Pai took shots at Silicon Valley tech giants ...

Pressure Ramps Up on Sinema Over Net Neutrality  Multichannel News

Fight for the Future has brought its net neutrality "shaming" billboard campaign to the Arizona stomping grounds of Sen. Kyrsten Sinema (D-Ariz.) over here ...

Maria Cantwell confronts FCC over repeal of net neutrality  KING5.com

Sen. Maria Cantwell (D-WA) took to the Senate floor on Wednesday to confront the Federal Communications Commission about its repeal of net neutrality ...

Meet the home brewer turning beer into a case for net neutrality  The Daily Dot

Net Neutrality Brewing, a small home brew set up by Mike Ohleger, makes beer named after a number of different internet and computer issues.

Three Democratic Senators Came Not to Bury the FCC’s Net Neutrality Rules, But to Praise Them  Beltway Breakfast

WASHINGTON, June 12, 2019 - A trio of Democratic senators on Tuesday called for Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell to allow a vote on legislation to roll ...

Broken Net Neutrality Laws Are On the Rise in Europe – So Are the Worries  TechDecisions

According to ZDNet, European internet *service* providers (ISPs) have been “breaking rules and shaping traffic” despite net neutrality regulations. The current net ...

House Democrats seek bipartisan working group on net neutrality | TheHill  The Hill

More than 40 House Democrats are seeking to establish a bipartisan working group to address net neutrality, saying the effort to reinstate the Obama-era rules is ...

Reddit Co-founder, Congresswoman advocate for net neutrality at Law School event  The Stanford Daily

Congresswoman Anna Eshoo says Washington, D.C. is the only location where there is still debate about the value of net neutrality. “People across the country ...

FCC Commissioner Geoffrey Starks talks Huawei and net neutrality on The Vergecast  The Verge

On this week's interview episode, Nilay is joined by Federal Communications Commissioner Geoffrey Starks and Verge policy reporter Makena Kelly, on the ...

Net neutrality advocates slam 'extremely troubling' letter circulating among some House Dems  The Daily Dot

More than 30 net neutrality groups signed an open letter criticizing a draft letter signed by some Democrats in the House calling for a 'working group.'

Some House Dems are backing away from the Save the Internet Act  The Daily Dot

More than 30 Democrats who voted for the Save the Internet Act have a draft letter calling on House leadership to form another net neutrality working group.

Net neutrality: Activists slam Tom O'Halleran over bipartisan approach  AZCentral

Rep. Tom O'Halleran is the second Arizona Democrat targeted this year by net-neutrality activists.

Deep Packet Inspection a threat to net neutrality, say campaigners  Naked Security

Some of Europe's biggest ISPs and mobile operators stand accused of using Deep Packet Inspection (DPI) technology to quietly undermine net neutrality rules ...

'New York Times' Presses For Information About Net Neutrality Comments 05/24/2019  MediaPost Communications

The New York Times Company is urging a judge to order the Federal Communications Commission to disclose information about net neutrality commenters, ...

FFTC: House Dems Seek Bipartisan Net Neutrality Bill  Broadcasting & Cable

Net neutrality activists at Fight for the Future (FFTF) say they have gotten hold of a draft letter signed by almost four dozen Democratic House members calling for ...

EDITORIAL: If Hawley's really after big tech, he must champion net neutrality  Columbia Missourian

Net neutrality is neither a liberal nor conservative issue. It's an American issue. And Hawley could be its champion.

Repealing Net Neutrality hasn't helped consumers like the FCC promised  Mic

When Federal Communications Commissioner Ajit Pai moved forward with a plan to repeal net neutrality protections put in place during the Obama ...

Democrats and GOP might negotiate over a less strict version of net neutrality  Phone Arena

47 House Democrats are asking party leaders to negotiate with the Republicans over net neutrality. Seeing no way to get the Save the Internet Act through the ...

Tech Policy Heats Up: An Update From the Hill  Benton Foundation

The anniversary of the repeal of net neutrality, an FCC oversight hearing, and the beginning of antitrust hearings examining online platforms and the effect on ...

'Safeguarding Summer': Advocacy coalition issues report | 2019-06-19  Safety+Health magazine

Washington — Calling for stronger public protections to help make summertime activities “safe, healthy and affordable,” the Coalition for Sensible Safeguards is ...

Starry aims to bring its $50, 200Mbps broadband to 25 more US states  Ars Technica

Starry, a wireless home Internet provider, says it has acquired enough spectrum to offer *service* to 40 million households in more than 25 US states.

Senator Hawley Proposes Law To Force Internet Companies To Beg The FTC For Permission To Host Content  Techdirt

Senate newbie Josh Hawley has made it clear that he's no fan of big internet companies and has joined with others in suggesting that Section 230 is somehow ...

Still Much Easier to Slice Bread Than 5G Networks  Light Reading

Network slicing was all the rage a couple of years ago, when 5G was just a twinkle in the operator's eye. Now that 5G networks are being deployed, just where is ...

AT&T Lays Off Thousands After Nabbing Billions In Tax Breaks And Regulatory Favors  Techdirt

Back in November of 2017 AT&T promised that if it received a tax break from the Trump administration, it would invest an additional $1 billion back into its ...

House votes to restore net neutrality rules  CNN

(CNN Business) The House of Representatives on Wednesday passed a bill to restore net neutrality protections that were repealed by President Donald Trump's ...

Cable companies can save money now that DOCSIS 3.1 upgrade is mostly done  Ars Technica

Cable-company spending on network equipment is dropping as major providers like Comcast and Charter finish up their nationwide DOCSIS 3.1 rollouts.

Attention Automakers: Ajit Pai is Not Your Friend  The Truth About Cars

Two decades ago, the Federal Communications Commission decided to allocate a portion of the radio frequency spectrum for Dedicated Short Range ...

Why Hasan Minhaj Is Renting Out DVDs of His ‘Patriot Act’ Season Finale  Vanity Fair

The final episode of the comedian's third season on Netflix is all about internet equality. But those affected by the issue can't easily stream Netflix—so Minhaj got ...

Today Is a Huge Day in the Fight to Restore Net Neutrality  Slate

The best remaining chance for restoring net neutrality has a key day in court Friday, when the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia is scheduled to ...

Net Neutrality Could Be “Make or Break” for Those in Real Estate  Daily Beast

The FCC. Congress. Internet. Real estate. These words are all linked together through one important topic: net neutrality. Net neutrality represents the idea that ...

U.S. House to vote on net neutrality bill on Tuesday  Reuters

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The Democratic-led U.S. House of Representatives is set to vote on Tuesday on a bill to reinstate landmark net neutrality rules ...

U.S. House to vote to reinstate net neutrality rules in April  Reuters

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The Democratic-led U.S. House of Representatives will vote in April on a bill to reinstate landmark net neutrality rules repealed by the ...

Times Opinion - Cheers and Jeers - Opinion  St. James Plaindealer

Cheers to America being made great again and Jeers to meaningless media poll comparisons between Republican presidential nomination hopefuls in 2015, ...

Net neutrality is back in play as Democratic lawmakers announce a bill. Here’s what to expect.  Washington Post

House and Senate Democratic leaders unveiled new legislation Wednesday proposing to restore federal net neutrality rules on Internet providers such as AT&T ...

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.

Don't forget the Net Neutrality panic  Hot Air

Critics predicted high prices or new internet “fast lanes” for the affluent. “The repeal of these protections has corporate greed and corruption written all over it,” ...

Merkel Seeks Momentum for Net Zero Emissions in Europe by 2050  Bloomberg

German Chancellor Angela Merkel is seeking to build momentum within the European Union about moving toward adopting a goal for zeroing out greenhouse ...

In the United States, Net Neutrality Makes a Comeback  CPO Magazine

The battle to reinstate old Obama-era rules for the Internet is gaining momentum in the United States. In mid-April, House Democrats pushed through a new bill, ...

Here's what you need to know about the bill to restore Net Neutrality  Popular Science

Less than a year ago, the internet was awash with advocacy for Net Neutrality. But, in 2018, the deceivingly-named Restoring Internet Freedom bill effectively ...

We All Agree on Net Neutrality, Except When We Don't …Again  Benton Foundation

Analysis of top communications policy stories of the week. On Thursday, February 7, 2019, the House Communications Subcommittee held the hearing ...

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 Debate Revving Back Up Again, Stuck In Same Gear  Forbes

Congress begins debate on net neutrality amid hardened positions. It's hard to see how the logjam over Title II regulation gets broken.

Congress: Week in Review | June 13, 2019  Lexology

The Senate spent the week considering another slew of judicial nominations, but on Tuesday, Senate Democrats tried to force a vote on House-passed net…

Net Neutrality Needs An Alternate Narrative  Multichannel News

On April 10, Democrats in the House voted to reinstate network neutrality regulations adopted by the Federal Communications Commission in 2015. The vote is ...

Net Neutrality Fake-Off Shows Politics Are Messed Up  Forbes

Three congressional bills offering an 'open internet' have been widely scorned by web advocates, and now a Gizmodo report has linked millions of fake public ...

Emerging Technologies Washington Update- Jun 13, 2019  Lexology

This Week: House Judiciary Subcommittee convenes first hearing on online platforms and market power, FCC commissioners appear before Senate ...

Democrats to push to reinstate repealed 'net neutrality' rules  Reuters

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Democrats in the U.S. Congress plan to unveil legislation on Wednesday to reinstate “net neutrality” rules that were repealed by the ...

A week with the UK’s first 5G network: speed, coverage, and more  The Verge

EE is the first UK network with 5G support. EE is using a sub-6GHz 5G network so that means there's a lot of good coverage across cities like London. Speeds ...

Real Net Neutrality Protections Passed Their First Vote  EFF

The Save the Internet Act (H.R. 1644) has survived its first vote, 18-11. This is a victory for everyone who wants strong, real net neutrality protections. It is, as is so ...

Restore net neutrality  Toledo Blade

The restoration of net neutrality rules — controversially rescinded by the Federal Communications Commission two years ago — should be a no-brainer for ...

Net Neutrality Updates  American Libraries

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

House Passes Bill to Restore 'Net Neutrality' Rules  NECN

The House has passed bill Wednesday to restore Obama-era "net neutrality" rules, but the legislation faces slim odds of making it through the ...

Real Net Neutrality Is More Than a Ban on Blocking, Throttling, and Paid Prioritization  EFF

The majority of Americans support net neutrality protections. Based on the comments in the most recent Congressional hearing on net neutrality, you could come ...

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 ...

Net neutrality supporter sentenced for death threats to FCC Chairman Pai  Reuters

A California man was sentenced to 20 months in prison on Friday after pleading guilty for threatening to kill the family of U.S. Federal Communications ...

How the Net Neutrality Debate Complicates Internet Data Privacy  InsideSources

The multi-year net neutrality battle may be complicating efforts to regulate internet data privacy while hurting consumers. The U.S. Government.

Net neutrality debate is really about the ballooning regulatory state  Washington Examiner

House Democrats' nearly straight party-line vote to reinstate the Obama-era net neutrality rules on April 10 was only the latest indication of their dissatisfaction ...

The Biggest Lies We Heard About Net Neutrality This Week  Gizmodo

Consumer protection” isn't a phrase you'll find on the resume of a person who devises dishonest, meaningless soundbites like, “Net neutrality is about ...

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.

Facebook tells us why net neutrality regulation is a bad idea  American Enterprise Institute

View related *content*: Technology and Innovation, Telecommunications. It probably wasn't intentional, but Facebook has again demonstrated why net neutrality ...

Net Neutrality Bill Passes Crucial Committee Vote  EFF

Congress took a big step today toward protecting net neutrality, competition, and privacy for Internet users. The House Energy and Commerce Committee just ...

The Future of Net Neutrality  The Nation.

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

Social Justice or Inequality: The Heart of the Net Neutrality Debate  Benton Foundation

The impact of the open internet on social justice contrasted with history of broasting/mass media.

2019 Outlook: Net Neutrality 'Ping Pong' Battle to Rage On  Bloomberg Law

The net neutrality fight will continue playing out in federal court and the states in 2019, against the backdrop of a divided Congress that's unlikely to settle the ...

Net Neutrality Bill Passes Key Vote, Heads to Full Committee  InsideSources

Democrats' Save the Internet Act, which would restore former net neutrality rules, passed the House Subcommittee on Communications and Technology.

Why Congress Shouldn’t Restore Net Neutrality  Daily Signal

Just over one year ago, the Federal Communications Commission voted 3-2 to repeal the network neutrality rules it adopted in 2015. However, the FCC ...

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 ...

Net Neutrality Is Back Before Courts and Congress  InfoToday.com

For nearly 5 hours in a federal courthouse on Feb. 1, 2019, Net Neutrality advocates and critics traded arguments in the case of Mozilla Corp. v. FCC over the ...

Democrats in Congress are passing lots of bills. Republicans are ignoring them.  Vox.com

House Democrats are passing bills at a rapid pace, while Trump complains they're "getting nothing done."

Analyzing the Republican net neutrality bills  American Enterprise Institute

View related *content*: Technology and Innovation, Telecommunications. House Democrats made waves last week by passing the Save the Internet Act, which ...

Democrats' latest net neutrality bill is a partisan death sentence for internet innovation  USA TODAY

The internet is not crumbling. It is not grinding to a slow trickle. It does not need saving by a government superhero with regulatory super powers.

4 in 5 Americans say they support net neutrality: poll | TheHill  The Hill

Eighty percent of Americans say they support net neutrality, a boon to Democrats who are currently pushing legislation on the issue in the House, according to a.

Republicans say they want net neutrality rules, too  CNET

The problem is, they don't want the FCC to be the cop on the beat.

Congress, Not the Courts, Could End the Net Neutrality Debate  Government Technology

At the heart of the issue is a simple definition that could put an end to the whole debacle. What kind of “*service*” is the Internet — telecommunications or ...

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 ...

Republicans Urge Democrats to Collaborate on a Bipartisan Net Neutrality Bill  InsideSources

Three Republicans introduced their own net neutrality bills, and they sent a letter to House Democrats asking them to collaborate on a bipartisan bill.

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 ...

Surprisingly, the world didn't end without net neutrality  Washington Examiner

Congressional Democrats want you to think that they're going to save the Internet. But the Internet never needed saving.

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.

FCC Chairman Pai celebrates Congress failing to bring back net neutrality  TechCrunch

As one Congress ends and another begins, many are looking forward to a rebalancing of power — especially in the House of Representatives, which Democrats ...

The Democrats and Net Neutrality  New York Times

A former commerce under secretary criticizes the party for rules that he says go too far.

5 minutes with Mike Doyle: on net neutrality and why a free internet matters  NEXTpittsburgh

Congressman Mike Doyle explains his new bill aimed at restoring net neutrality to the nation's broadband networks and empowering the FCC.

Firefighters join Mozilla in net neutrality fight, citing 'public safety'  ABC News

California firefighters said Verizon slowed their internet during an emergency.

Facebook Moving Forward on Cryptocurrency With Libra, Florida Congressman Says |  Florida Daily

U.S. Rep. Darren Soto, D-Fla., applauded Facebook as it begins its new “Libra” cryptocurrency which will use Blockchain technology. Soto is one of the ...

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 ...

FCC Chairman: Net-Neutrality Supporters Saw ‘Political Advantage’ in Stirring ‘Fear’  National Review

Federal Communications Commission chairman Ajit Pai said Friday that some advocates of net neutrality saw a political advantage in fomenting fear about the ...

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.