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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.

Group accuses EU internet providers of violating net neutrality  Engadget

The European Union has had net neutrality regulations in place since 2016, but some are concerned that internet *service* providers are playing fast and loose ...

Man sentenced for death threats to FCC Chairman Ajit Pai and family over net neutrality rollback  Fox News

A California man was sentenced to more than a year and a half in federal prison Friday for threatening to kill the family of Federal Communications Commission ...

At least 186 EU ISPs use deep-packet inspection to shape traffic, break net neutrality  ZDNet

See also. 5G mobile networks: An insider's guide (free PDF). Despite net neutrality regulation being in effect in the EU since 2016, European internet *service* ...

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 ...

SpaceX's Orbital Internet Could Restore Net Neutrality  Futurism

When the Starlink network goes live, SpaceX could potentially have the opportunity to restore net neutrality protections.

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, ...

Letter: Net neutrality is about our freedoms  Evansville Courier & Press

If the ban on net neutrality is voted by 53 angry Republican senators then all of our freedoms enshrined by the constitution could be gutted by one man's act.

Net neutrality crucial for modern health care, Cantwell and DelBene argue  The Seattle Times

Net neutrality affects more than streaming movies or visiting social-media sites. It can affect people's ability to get health care remotely, a common practice these ...

Polis signs Colorado net neutrality bill  coloradopolitics.com

Gov. Jared Polis signed a bill Friday pushed by fellow Democrats to ensure Colorado's internet remains fast and affordable. Sort of. This *content* is only available ...

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 ...

Sens. Kennedy, Coons Agree on Need for Net Neutrality Legislation  Broadcasting & Cable

The bipartisan leadership of the Senate Appropriations General Government Subcommittee put in a plug ending the regulatory and legislative pendulum swings ...

Net neutrality bill heads to Senate for consideration  Eureka Times Standard

The Save the Internet Act, a net neutrality bill co-sponsored by North Coast U.S. Rep. Jared Huffman passed out of the House and is headed for the Senate for ...

Elon Musk's Starlink Could Bring Back Net Neutrality and Upend the Internet  Inverse

Starlink, SpaceX's ambitious plan to bring high-speed internet to practically anywhere in the world, is about to take shape. The company plans to launch 60 test ...

Net-neutrality activists debut Phoenix billboard calling Sinema 'corrupt'  AZCentral

Net-neutrality activists are targeting Sen. Kyrsten Sinema, D-Ariz., because she was one of the only Democrats to oppose the Save the Internet Act.

Net neutrality still a divisive topic, though laws unlikely to return soon  The Winchester Star

WINCHESTER — The House of Representatives passed a bill last week that would restore net neutrality rules implemented by the Federal Communications ...

Why is Kyrsten Sinema bucking her party on net neutrality?  The Daily Dot

Earlier this year, Democrats introduced the Save the Internet Act to near unanimous support. Only Kyrsten Sinema is holding out. Why?

Thank you, Rep. Katko, for opposing 'net neutrality' bill (Your letters)  Syracuse.com

Unfettered internet is important to future of our economy, says the letter writer.

Don't Let California's Legislature Extend Broadband Monopolies for Comcast and AT&T  EFF

Californians have successfully pushed the state's legislature to restore two-thirds of the 2015 Open Internet Order through state laws. Stopping legislation from ...

Greek-Americans Michalopoulos, Leris Battle for Net Neutrality  The National Herald

Two of the leaders of the fight for net neutrality in the United States are Pantelis Michalopoulos, one of the country's top telecommunications lawyers with the ...

Guest Opinion: Palo Alto needs a citywide municipal fiber-to-the-premises utility  Palo Alto Online

The medium of choice for wired telecommunications networks is fiber optics. But the telecom incumbents are reluctant to abandon their copper-based networks ...

‘Bitcoin Vs Blockchain’ is Exactly the Same as ‘Facebook vs Net Neutrality’: Andreas Antonopoulos  Coingape

Andreas Antonopoulos is an educator and an experienced Bitcoin user; He is recognized as one of the most reliable voices in the Blockchain space.

Find path to a fair and open internet  Quad-Cities Online

Since the rise of the internet, there have been concerns that the dominance of a relatively small number of internet *service* providers could potentially threaten its ...

New FCC proposal would make it easier for carriers to block robocalls  TechCrunch

The current FCC commissioners' stances haven't always made them the most popular with consumers (see: net neutrality), but new, stricter robocall rules could ...

Steve Bullock, Who Called It 'Absurd' to Arm Teachers, Runs for White House  Education Week

Mont. Gov. Steve Bullock, a Democrat who's served as the Big Sky Country's governor since 2013, has also supported the teaching of Native American ...

Community Connector  Oregon Business

A net-neutrality activist is pioneering cheap, fast internet in a rural Oregon town. Could this be a solution to bridging the digital divide? One rain...

Andrew Yang’s TED Talk version of politics  The Washington Post

Yang is a hipper, cooler update of modern American belief that a man of business can solve the messy world of Washington.

Where Steve Bullock Stands on the Issues  The New York Times

Steve Bullock, the latest Democrat to enter the presidential race, was twice elected governor of deep-red Montana. In 2016, in fact, more than 20 percent of ...

MTN fails on user privacy, digital rights in South Africa Nigeria  Quartz at Work

When it comes to privacy, the South African giant provided little information on what data it collects and how long it retains it.

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 ...

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 ...

FCC Chairman Ajit Pai Takes A Big Step Toward Ending Robocalls  The Daily Caller

The FCC is moving to instruct major phone companies to update their caller ID services to help combat so-called spoofed robocalls.

Watch: Tim Wu debates trustbusting with Tyler Cowen, who just wrote "a love letter" to Big Business  Boing Boing

https://youtu.be/Y_Jp-GJ9LM0?t=5105 Competition scholar Tim Wu (previously) is one of the most cogent, accessible voices in the antitrust debate; his recent ...

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.

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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.

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 Bill Advances In House  Forbes

Subcommittee vote moves House bill along, but the partisan gulf over how to properly regulate broadband *service* remains as wide as ever.

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.

The Future of Net Neutrality  The Nation.

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

Net Neutrality Updates  American Libraries

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

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 ...

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.

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 ...

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.

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.

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 ...

House Democrats refuse to weaken net neutrality bill, defeat GOP amendments  Ars Technica

House Commerce Committee voted to reverse Ajit Pai's net neutrality repeal.

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 ...

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 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 ...

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 ...

Net neutrality needs a bipartisan approach  The Washington Post

The April 11 news article “House backs net neutrality bill, but consumer law's Senate future is shaky” presented two sides to the net neutrality debate: one that ...

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.

Kavanaugh Stands Up for Americans Against Big Tech  American Greatness

U.S. Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh ruled with the majority on Monday that iPhone users can sue Apple Inc. over its app prices. Kavanaugh rejected ...

Net neutrality should be politically neutral - Opinion  The Register-Guard

Imagine if your neighbor's water faucets flowed freely while yours fluctuated, producing only a trickle whenever you wanted to bathe.Or if that neighbor had ...

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 ...

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 ...

Bill aims to maintain net neutrality  The Grand Junction Daily Sentinel

Telecommunications companies would be barred from receiving state grants if they don't follow network neutrality standards that have been abandoned by 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 ...

What Net Neutrality In California Could Mean For Facebook, Google And Apple  Forbes

The State of California has decided to cool its jets, at least temporarily, on its net neutrality law passed earlier this year. The state will await the ruling of a lawsuit ...

Campaign trail: Bullock appears on 'Morning Joe'  Great Falls Tribune

Montana Gov. Steve Bullock appeared early Thursday on MSNBC's “Morning Joe”, fielding questions about his run for president.

WashEx: Net Neutrality Debate is Really About the Ballooning Regulatory State  American Action Forum

House Democrats recently pushed through a bill restoring net neutrality regulations. While most policymakers agree on net neutrality's basic principles, they ...

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 ...

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, ...

Net Neutrality Bill to Be Marked Up This Week  Multichannel News

The bill to restore FCC net neutrality rules will be marked up in full committee April 3.

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 ...

Court Signals Green Light for Net Neutrality Argument  Multichannel News

Says government shutdown won't delay issue's latest day in court.

ISPs strike deal with Vermont to suspend state net neutrality law  Ars Technica

The state of Vermont has agreed to suspend enforcement of its net neutrality law pending the outcome of a lawsuit against the Federal Communications ...

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.

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'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 ...

Competition Law in the Blockchain Era - Falk Schöning and Myrto Tagara of Hogan Lovells Brussels  Coinlaw

How does completion law apply to blockchain technology? We ask Falk Schöning and Myrto Tagara, competition lawyers at Hogan Lovells.

House Republicans Urge Democrats to Back Net Neutrality Bills (1)  Bloomberg Law

House Republicans are doubling down on their calls for Democrats to work with them on bipartisan net neutrality legislation.

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 ...

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.

FCC has to pay journalist $43,000 after hiding net neutrality records  Ars Technica

The Federal Communications Commission has settled a case over its refusal to comply with a public records request, agreeing to pay $43,000 to a journalist ...

California Lawmakers Pass Net Neutrality Bill  NPR

The net neutrality protections, which advocates call the strongest in the country, now go to the desk of Gov. Jerry Brown.

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 ...

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.

Vermont to halt net neutrality law pending FCC case  vtdigger.org

Protesters rally in 2017 outside the FCC in Washington in favor of net neutrality rules. File photo by Elizabeth Hewitt/VTDigger. The state of Vermont agreed not ...

Key net neutrality vote Tuesday: The whole Internet is watching  Boing Boing

Tuesday morning at 10am ET the House Communications and Technology subcommittee will meet and vote on the Save the Internet Act – the best bill we have ...

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.

A(nother) chance for Congress on net neutrality | TheHill  The Hill

We need to revive bipartisanship, and cleaning up Internet policy is a great place to start.

U.S. appeals court will not delay net neutrality case  Reuters

A federal appeals court said on Thursday it would not delay oral arguments set for Feb. 1 on the Trump administration's decision to repeal the 2015 landmark net ...

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 ...

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 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 ...

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 ...

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.

In Camden, FCC Chairman Ajit Pai blasts new Net Neutrality proposal  Technical.ly

Pai came to New Jersey last week to get a tour of Hopeworks' digital training program. We asked him about the Save the Internet Act. In Camden, FCC Chairman ...

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 ...

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 ...

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.

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.