net neutrality


Definition of net neutrality

: the idea, principle, or requirement that Internet service providers should or must treat all Internet data as the same regardless of its kind, source, or destination … a philosophical contest that's being fought under the banner of "net neutrality," a slogan that inspires rhetorical devotion but eludes precise definition. Broadly, it means everything on the Internet should be equally accessible—that the Internet should be a place where great ideas compete on equal terms with big money.— Sarah Rabil

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Without net neutrality, activists may lose an essential platform to call for change, small businesses may lose the chance to grow and compete, and educators and healthcare providers may lose critical platforms to inform students and patients. Daniela Altimari,, "Legislative Committees Scotch State-Level Net Neutrality Bills," 29 Mar. 2018 To save net neutrality, proponents have taken the fight to individual states. Kevin Kelleher, Fortune, "Brett Kavanaugh, Trump's Potential Supreme Court Nominee, Is No Friend to Net Neutrality," 10 July 2018 Also, the Senate voted to save net neutrality, though that effort isn’t likely to become law. Washington Post, "Your internet use could change as ‘net neutrality’ ends," 11 June 2018 Meanwhile, North Korea threatened to pull out of a meeting with the US next month, and the Senate voted to save net neutrality and confirmed Gina Haspel as the next CIA director. Graeme Mcmillan, WIRED, "While You Were Offline: Wait, John Kelly Said What?," 20 May 2018 The Senate is about to cast a vote to save net neutrality. Monique Judge, The Root, "Red Alert: The Fight for #NetNeutrality Continues," 9 May 2018 While this is certainly good news for saving net neutrality, the bill faces tough opposition. Eric Limer, Popular Mechanics, "Could an Upcoming Senate Vote Save Net Neutrality?," 18 Dec. 2017 It's brought to you by the same agency that gave broadband providers the right to censor your online activity by rolling back net neutrality. Jon Brodkin, Ars Technica, "FCC’s robotext crackdown could block legal messages, critics say [Updated]," 12 Dec. 2018 California isn’t the only state that’s attempting to bring restore net neutrality. Jon Porter, The Verge, "Trump administration sues California over tough net neutrality law," 1 Oct. 2018

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2003, in the meaning defined above

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