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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. Big Tech's Fight for Net Neutrality Moves Behind the Scenes  WIRED
  2. Congress steps into fight over net neutrality  The Columbus Dispatch
  3. Net neutrality issues rises again  Kenosha News
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  1. With More Net Neutrality Stunts, Broadband Becomes A Political Football  Forbes
  2. Two senators say their identities were stolen in fake net neutrality comments to the FCC  Washington Post
  3. Senators to FCC: Explain how net neutrality comments were rife with fraud  CNET
  4. Merkley and Toomey Call on FCC to Address Identity Theft and Fraud in Public Comments - Senator Jeff Merkley  Press Release | Press Releases | News | US Senator Jeff Merkley of Oregon
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  1. For marginalized communities, net neutrality is about way more than Netflix  The Daily Dot
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  1. NC lawmakers seek to guard net neutrality
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  1. Net Neutrality is Dead in the Water  The Nib
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  1. Swatter indicted in Kansas gamer's death also accused of net neutrality vote bomb threat  The Verge
  2. Serial Swatter Indicted for Death of Gamer, Disruption of FCC Net Neutrality Vote  Gizmodo
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  1. Senate Democrats Win Vote on Net Neutrality, a Centerpiece of 2018 Strategy  New York Times
  2. Senate Approves Overturning FCC's Net Neutrality Repeal  NPR
  3. Senate votes to halt repeal of Obama-era net neutrality rules  USA TODAY
  4. The net neutrality vote was about the future of American democracy and the fate of 'fake news'
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  1. Second NC net neutrality bill introduced  Triangle Business Journal
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  1. The death of America's net neutrality and how it affects you  Deutsche Welle
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  1. Notorious Kansas swatter charged in net neutrality bomb threat  Engadget
  2. Net neutrality bomb threat suspect has a history of hoax calls  Digital Trends
  3. A 25-year-old self-described 'swatter' has been charged with making a bomb threat that forced the FCC to evacuate ...  Business Insider
  4. California Man Indicted on Charges Stemming from Hoax Bomb Threats to FCC and FBI Headquarters | USAO-DC ...  Department of Justice
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  1. The feds scrapped their rules for an open internet. Now the fight moves to the state level.  News & Observer
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  1. Net neutrality set to end on June 11  CNNMoney
  2. Senate Democrats force vote to reinstate net neutrality  CNN
  3. The fight over net neutrality returns as supporters launch long-shot bid to resurrect the rules  Los Angeles Times
  4. Why the Internet is suddenly protesting on net neutrality all over again  Washington Post
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  1. Today's talker: Big win for net neutrality, but the fight is not over  USA TODAY
  2. Net Neutrality Just Became a Major Campaign Issue for 2018 and Beyond  The Nation.
  3. Net neutrality is coming back, no matter what happens next with the Senate resolution  Markets Insider
  4. Net neutrality rescue effort is 'exercise in futility,' says Senator John Thune  CNET
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  1. House Democrats are collecting signatures to force a vote on net neutrality  The Verge
  2. House Democrats mobilize for next phase of net neutrality fight  Engadget
  3. Hurdles Remain After Senate Votes To Restore Net Neutrality  Threatpost
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  1. Democrats to force vote Wednesday on net neutrality  CNN
  2. Senate Vote on Net Neutrality Coming Wednesday  Fortune
  3. Senate votes Wednesday on effort to reinstate 'net neutrality' rules  Reuters
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  1. Net neutrality champ Mignon Clyburn: FCC is hurting consumers  CNET
  2. FCC Commissioner Says the Agency Is a Shill for ISPs as She Slams the Door on Her Way Out  Gizmodo
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  1. Wyden, Bonamici announce new fight for net neutrality  Pamplin Media Group
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  1. Terence Corcoran: Block the net neutrality activists before they can hurt consumers again  Financial Post
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  1. Net Neutrality: Democrats' Ticket to the Millennial Vote and Midterm Success  Observer
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  1. The Public Pulse: Overturn repeal of net neutrality  Omaha World-Herald
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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.