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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. What's Next After the Repeal of Net Neutrality  New York Times
  2. Net Neutrality Was Never Enough  The Atlantic
  3. Don't Be Afraid of the Net Neutrality Repeal  Bloomberg
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  1. FCC Repeals Net Neutrality Rules  New York Times
  2. The next front in the net neutrality war: Feds versus the states  Recode
  3. The FCC officially votes to kill net neutrality  TechCrunch
  4. What the Net Neutrality Repeal Means for Us  RollingStone.com
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  1. False paradise? EU is no haven of Net neutrality, say critics  Reuters
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  1. Farhad and Mike's Week in Tech: Net Neutrality Is Gone  New York Times
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  1. YouTubers are using annoying buffering in videos to protest net neutrality repeal  Polygon
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  1. 5 things for December 15: Paul Ryan, tax overhaul, net neutrality  CNN
  2. Paul Ryan Sees His Wild Washington Journey Coming to An End  POLITICO Magazine
  3. Paul Ryan 'soul searching,' possible he could leave Congress after 2018 elections  CNN
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  1. Crunch Report | FCC Kills Net Neutrality  TechCrunch
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  1. 1 Embarrassing Photo Shuts Down Ted Cruz's Argument Against Net Neutrality  HuffPost
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  1. Why Some Experts Say Ending Net Neutrality Could Harm Science  Forbes
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  1. Seth Meyers Takes Closer Look At Net Neutrality, Omarosa & “Bye Felicia”  Deadline
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  1. A lot of dead people apparently supported ending net neutrality  Fast Company
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  1. Net neutrality ruling: Mark Ruffalo, Alyssa Milano, other celebrities react  USA TODAY
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  1. The FCC Just Killed Net Neutrality—Now What?  Motherboard
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  1. What does the US repeal of net neutrality mean for British Columbians?  Vancouver Sun
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  1. Plan B? Ethereum Innovators Are Reviving the Fight for Net Neutrality  Coindesk (press release) (blog)
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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.