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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 Hiding Evidence Of Suspected Russian Role In Ending Net Neutrality: Lawsuit  HuffPost
  2. FCC chief takes on biggest dog in net neutrality fight  Lewiston Morning Tribune
  3. The New York Times sues the FCC to investigate Russian interference in Net Neutrality decision  TechCrunch
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  1. FCC's Ajit Pai labels California net neutrality law 'illegal'  Engadget
  2. NYT sues FCC, says it hid evidence of Russia meddling in net neutrality repeal  Ars Technica
  3. FCC Head Bemoans Focus on Net Neutrality  Government Technology
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  1. You Can Make the House of Representatives Restore Net Neutrality  EFF
  2. FCC director says net neutrality debate detracts from broadband access issue  MLive.com
  3. Net neutrality  Sonoma West
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  1. Repealed Net Neutrality Regulations Wouldn't Have Applied To Santa Clara County Firefighters  Forbes
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  1. FCC chairman says California's net neutrality bill is 'egregious' and 'illegal'  The Verge
  2. FCC Chairman Ajit Pai says California net neutrality rules are 'illegal'  CNET
  3. Trump's FCC chief takes aim at California's net neutrality bill, reviving threadbare arguments  Los Angeles Times
  4. Ajit Pai calls California's net neutrality rules “illegal”  Ars Technica
  5. Following net neutrality money + Increasing CSU mental health help  Sacramento Bee
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  1. Net Neutrality needs Wittman's support  Virginia Gazette
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  1. FCC Head Ajit Pai Compares California's Net Neutrality Regulations to Plastic Straw Bans  Fortune
  2. Judge: FCC Has to Provide Net Neutrality Comment Docket .CVS Email Addresses  Multichannel News
  3. FCC Chairman Ajit Pai Calls California's Net Neutrality Bill “Illegal”  Digital Music News
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  1. Net Neutrality in a hyperlinked Internet economy  USAPP American Politics and Policy (blog)
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  1. Nancy Pelosi on net neutrality: California will pave the way for a federal law  Fast Company
  2. This Week in Gambling: The truth about online gambling, Net Neutrality and the FCC  Casino City Times (press release)
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  1. Forum: Protecting net neutrality in Connecticut  New Haven Register
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  1. California Lawmakers Pass Net Neutrality Bill  NPR
  2. California close to enacting nation's strongest net neutrality law  CNNMoney
  3. California Passes Far-Reaching Net Neutrality Rules  Forbes
  4. California legislators advance bill to set strongest net neutrality protections in US  Los Angeles Times
  5. California Lawmakers Pass Nation's Toughest Net Neutrality Law  New York Times
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  1. Net neutrality all but forgotten by Congress and the public | Opinion  Florida Today
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  1. FCC Chief Calls Pending California Net-Neutrality Law 'Illegal,' Escalating Policy Clash  Wall Street Journal
  2. FCC chairman defends net neutrality repeal in Portland speech  Press Herald
  3. Senator claps back after Ajit Pai calls California's net neutrality bill 'radical' and 'illegal'  TechCrunch
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  1. California is leading the state-by-state fight for net neutrality  The Verge
  2. California lawmakers give thumbs-up to 'gold standard' net neutrality bill  CNET
  3. California's net neutrality bill is a step closer to becoming law  Engadget
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  1. New York Times Sues FCC for Net Neutrality Records Concerning Possible Russian Involvement  CircleID
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  1. Internet groups urge US court to reinstate 'net neutrality' rules  Reuters
  2. A legal push to revive US net neutrality rules is gaining momentum  MIT Technology Review
  3. WGA West Urges Appeal Of FCC Net Neutrality Ruling As California Assembly Poised To Vote On State Bill  Deadline
  4. NJ and Congress must stop internet providers from blocking content you want | Opinion  NJ.com
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  1. Without net neutrality, voices for racial justice will be silenced  Sacramento Bee
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  1. Verizon Just Destroyed The Case For 'Net Neutrality'  Investor's Business Daily
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  1. Kavanaugh defends his net neutrality dissent in Senate hearing  CNET
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  1. Net neutrality gets a victory in California  MIT Technology Review
  2. California Passes Sweeping Net Neutrality Rules  MediaPost Communications
  3. California is one step away from enacting 'strongest' net neutrality rules in the US  PC Gamer
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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.