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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On net neutrality, Kavanaugh, sided with conservatives, dissenting when courts upheld Obama’s net-neutrality regulations. Katherine Nails,, "Brett Kavanaugh: Fast facts about Trump's Supreme Court nominee," 9 July 2018 The repeal of rules governing net neutrality, which took effect on June 11th, compounds the problem by letting infrastructure firms favour their own content. The Economist, "AT&T and Time Warner are cleared to merge," 14 June 2018 Some states are moving to restore net neutrality, and lawsuits are pending. Fox News, "Your internet use could change as 'net neutrality' ends," 12 June 2018 Some states are moving to restore net neutrality, and lawsuits are pending. Washington Post, "Your internet use could change as ‘net neutrality’ ends," 11 June 2018 Despite overwhelming public support for net neutrality, congressional support has been limited almost exclusively to Democrats. Eric Limer, Popular Mechanics, "Senate Votes in Favor of Saving Net Neutrality," 16 May 2018 The fact that Pai was loudly against net neutrality, pro-deregulation and vocally pro-big-business is sidesplittingly funny. Michael Harriot, The Root, "Did Michael Cohen Get $600,000 From AT&T So Trump Would Kill Net Neutrality and OK a Merger?," 10 May 2018 The framework, published last year as a recommendation from the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI), is the culmination of a years-long campaign for net neutrality in India. Adi Robertson, The Verge, "India just approved net neutrality rules that ban ‘any form’ of data discrimination," 11 July 2018 The old rules paving the way for net neutrality, which governs how Internet service providers treat content flowing through their infrastructures, are officially gone. Editors, USA TODAY, "'Little Rocket Man' vs. 'deranged U.S. dotard': The historic showdown is just hours away," 11 June 2018

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2003, in the meaning defined above

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