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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This statement is apparently in reference to the California bill's requirement that ISPs may not evade net neutrality protections by slowing down traffic at network interconnection points. Jon Brodkin, Ars Technica, "Net neutrality gives “free” Internet to Netflix and Google, ISP claims," 10 Sep. 2018 At that point, it was amended to add exceptions to the net neutrality protections. Aaron Pressman, Fortune, "California's Net Neutrality Plan Adds Exceptions Sought by the Telecom Industry," 20 June 2018 The Federal Communications Commission is moving forward with its plan to repeal the net neutrality protections put in place by the Obama administration in 2015. Monique Judge, The Root, "#NetNeutrality: California Senate Approves Strict Open-Internet Protections for the State," 30 May 2018 The Senate voted 52 to 47 to reinstate the net neutrality previously repealed by the FCC. Niki Mcgloster,, "The Quick Read: Tiffany Haddish Says She And Beyoncé Are "Cool" After Biting Story Went Viral," 17 May 2018 Pai’s supporters, which include many large ISPs, say existing consumer protections are sufficient and net neutrality regulations will discourage investment in broadband networks. Peter Fimrite,, "2 state senators join forces on bills requiring equal internet access in California," 18 June 2018 The state Senate Wednesday approved a bill to replace the federal government’s repealed net neutrality regulations, sending the measure to the Assembly. Benny Evangelista, San Francisco Chronicle, "California Senate passes net neutrality bill," 30 May 2018 The indictment accused Barriss of calling in hoax bomb threats to the FCC on December 14, 2017, the day the agency voted to repeal Obama-era net neutrality regulations. Eli Watkins, CNN, "'Swatting' suspect charged with bomb threats to FCC, FBI," 24 May 2018 The net neutrality regulations, imposed on broadband companies such as AT&T, Verizon and Comcast in 2015, banned the industry from blocking or slowing down websites. Brian Fung, Anchorage Daily News, "Senate approves bipartisan resolution to restore FCC net neutrality rules," 16 May 2018

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2003, in the meaning defined above

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