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

That's the same legal classification that Pai gave to home and mobile broadband services as part of a December 2017 vote to deregulate the industry and eliminate net neutrality rules. Jon Brodkin, Ars Technica, "FCC’s proposed robotext crackdown could block legal messages, critics say," 21 Nov. 2018 Three other states have enacted laws imposing net neutrality rules on broadband providers, and more than two dozen states are considering regulations. The Editorial Board, WSJ, "California Breaks the Internet," 8 Oct. 2018 In January and June, Bullock signed executive orders requiring companies with state contracts to abide by net neutrality rules and to report their political contributions, even disclosures that aren’t required under federal law. Amy Beth Hanson, The Seattle Times, "Montana governor sues over IRS policy on tax-exempt groups," 24 July 2018 The US Supreme Court has declined to hear the broadband industry's challenge of Obama-era net neutrality rules. Jon Brodkin, Ars Technica, "Supreme Court rejects industry challenge of 2015 net neutrality rules," 5 Nov. 2018 According to Harold Feld at Public Knowledge, the FCC’s net neutrality order can only be challenged in the D.C. circuit. Makena Kelly, The Verge, "California strikes deal with FCC to delay state net neutrality law," 26 Oct. 2018 Even the net neutrality repeal went into effect, which means internet service providers could start charging more for Netflix—the only thing that otherwise gets many of us through times like this. Cady Drell, Marie Claire, "'Wheel Of Fortune Answers' Is the Best Thing on Twitter Right Now," 12 June 2018 Williams and her Illinois net neutrality bill are not an anomaly. Cathy Cunningham,, "Can net neutrality be saved in Illinois?," 5 July 2018 Scientific American is re-posting the following article, originally published January 8, 2018, now that the Federal Communications Commission’s repeal of net neutrality rules has gone into effect. Larry Greenemeier, Scientific American, "Net Neutrality Loss Could Rekindle ISP Alternatives for Internet Access," 8 Jan. 2018

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'net neutrality.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

See More

First Known Use of net neutrality

2003, in the meaning defined above

Keep scrolling for more

Learn More about net neutrality

Share net neutrality

Statistics for net neutrality

Last Updated

30 Nov 2018

Look-up Popularity

Time Traveler for net neutrality

The first known use of net neutrality was in 2003

See more words from the same year

Comments on net neutrality

What made you want to look up net neutrality? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).


the figure or shape of a crescent moon

Get Word of the Day daily email!

Test Your Vocabulary

Late Autumn 2018 Words of the Day Quiz

  • frosted-autumn-leaves
  • Which is a synonym of yahoo?
True or False

Test your knowledge - and maybe learn something along the way.

Word Winder's CrossWinder

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.


Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!