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Net neutrality

  • Net neutrality is one of those rare terms in which the origin can be directly attributed to one person. We will examine the meaning of the term net neutrality, where it came from and some examples of its use in sentences.

    Net neutrality is the idea that all internet data should be delivered at the same cost and at the same speed no matter the content, platform, application or user. Net neutrality may be considered an abbreviation of the phrase network neutrality. The term net neutrality was coined in 2003 by Columbia University media law professor Tim Wu. Net neutrality is a hotly debated topic, with certain internet providers secretly throttling data for certain users. Throttling data is the process of providing slower internet speeds to certain subscribers or for certain applications.

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    Examples

    Pushed by its new Republican chairman, Ajit Pai, who seems to have never met a regulation he didn’t want to kill, the Federal Communications Commission has proposed repealing the tough net neutrality rules his predecessor, Democrat Tom Wheeler, adopted in 2015 and replacing them with … well, that part’s not clear. (The Los Angeles Times)

    Last week, the House of Representatives Energy and Commerce Committee’s chairman asked the chief executives of those three companies, as well as AT&T Inc (T.N), Verizon Communications Inc (VZ.N), Netflix Inc (NFLX.O) and Charter Communications Inc (CHTR.O) to testify at a Sept. 7 hearing on the future of net neutrality rules. None of the companies have agreed yet to testify. (Reuters)

    Two years ago, a flood of millions of public comments in favor of protecting net neutrality helped federal regulators enact strict new rules to stop online discrimination by Internet service providers. (Fortune Magazine)

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