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

Examples of net neutrality in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Rosenworcel said when the FCC voted to rollback net neutrality rules under former President Trump. Rick Green,, 8 Dec. 2021 But critics said Facebook’s offer of free-but-limited internet violated the rules of net neutrality, and the Indian government banned the service. Lauren Goode, Wired, 7 Oct. 2021 Pai hasn't made any criticism of Trump for influencing the FCC's rule-making process, despite having vehemently opposed the Obama White House's milder attempts to influence the FCC's net neutrality decision in 2015. Jon Brodkin, Ars Technica, 20 Oct. 2020 Sohn, a former FCC official, is a net neutrality advocate. Washington Post, 26 Oct. 2021 Restoring net neutrality is a priority for the Biden administration. Elizabeth Williamson, New York Times, 26 Oct. 2021 The key questions to be addressed include: Whether companies that connect Africa’s unconnected 700+ million will ensure net neutrality? Daniel Akinmade Emejulu, Quartz, 5 Oct. 2021 The Biden administration appointed Jessica Rosenworcel to lead the Federal Communications Commission, a sign that the White House is gearing up to fight to reimplement net neutrality rules and expand broadband access, according to The Verge. Kevin T. Dugan, Fortune, 26 Oct. 2021 And as demonstrated by the measure to treat all internet traffic equally by restoring net neutrality (something which the Trump administration did away with), the Biden administration is still playing catchup, fighting many of yesterday’s battles. Jacob Silverman, The New Republic, 9 July 2021

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First Known Use of net neutrality

2003, in the meaning defined above

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“Net neutrality.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 26 Jan. 2022.

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