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Preserve Net Neutrality: All Data Is Created Equal

Net Neutrality
The BriefGet Up To Speed

The Federal Communications Commission’s decision to end net neutrality regulations has sparked contentious debate about the future of the web. Adopted in 2015, net neutrality promised to preserve the democratic spirit of the internet by ensuring all data would be treated equally, regardless of where it originated. Under these regulations, internet service providers (ISPs) like Verizon, Comcast, and AT&T could provide web infrastructure, but could not regulate how data passed through it. Supporters argue these regulations are critical to ensuring that users and content creators can access ideas and information without censorship – or charges – from corporate providers. After all, no one wants to pay for every video they stream on YouTube – or every tweet they send on Twitter. On the other hand, net neutrality opponents argue that burdensome regulations equate to government overreach that stifles innovation and drives up costs for consumers and providers alike. Further, the backlash against the FCC’s decision is unwarranted; Americans will enjoy uninterrupted access to their favorite sites because ISPs make more money off of an open, rather than a closed, internet.



“Everything you need to know about the struggle to treat information on the internet the same—ISPs shouldn't be able to block some sorts of data and prioritize others.”


Thursday, March 1, 2018
Klint Finley

“Talking about net neutrality is hard when there's misinformation everywhere.”


Friday, December 15, 2017
Stan Horaczek

This guide provides a multifaceted explanation of net neutrality, including the arguments for and against the regulations, and steps taken by the FCC.


Thursday, May 21, 2015
Timothy Lee

The FCC’s final text of the net neutrality repeal.

Thursday, January 4, 2018
Federal Communications Commission

This paper, which established the definition of net neutrality, "compares three general approaches to the regulation of broadband providers: structural remedies, a non-discrimination regime, and self- or non-regulation.'


Wednesday, January 1, 2003
Tim Wu
Current Events

“Washington has become the first state in the U.S. to pass legislation mandating net neutrality after the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) voted in December to end the rule.”


Tuesday, March 6, 2018
David Meyer

“With the repeal, the FCC will do away with rules barring internet providers from blocking or slowing down access to online content. The FCC will also eliminate a rule barring providers from prioritizing their own content.”


Thursday, February 22, 2018
Seth Fiegerman

“The Federal Communications Commission is working toward officially taking current net neutrality rules off the books.”


Thursday, February 22, 2018
Alina Selyukh

"'Today, the FCC made official its illegal rollback of net neutrality -- and, as promised, our coalition of attorneys general is filing suit,’ New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman said in a statement.”


Thursday, February 22, 2018
Mallory Locklear

The legal petition signed by various attorney generals against the FCC’s Restoring Internet Freedom ruling.


Thursday, February 22, 2018
U.S. Attorney Generals (Petitioners) v. FCC

“The Democrats have enough support to force the resolution to the Senate floor, but still need that extra vote to get the bill to pass.”

Wednesday, February 28, 2018
Luke Barnes

Senator Schumer argues, “With full caucus support, it’s clear that Democrats are committed to fighting to keep the internet from becoming the Wild West where ISPs are free to offer premium service to only the wealthiest customers while average consumers are left with far inferior options.”


Tuesday, January 16, 2018
Harper Neidig

“The fight is coming to the courts, to Congress, and even to the 2018 election.”


Thursday, January 4, 2018
Tony Romm
For The Motion

“If the internet as we know it is going to change, it will take longer than that, and will be camouflaged with talk of ‘prioritisation’, ‘premium services’ and ‘consumer choice’. Yet the trend towards the restriction of output and of real choice seems now clear.”


Friday, December 15, 2017
The Independent

“By throwing out these rules without waiting for Congress to step in with a replacement, Pai’s FCC will do what he has accused his predecessor of doing: create an environment of uncertainty.”

Friday, December 8, 2017
Klint Finley

“Most startups don’t have enough cash to deal with a complaint in a contractual dispute, let alone fund years of an anti-trust case.”

Thursday, December 7, 2017
Martin Giles

“To democratize the internet, we need to do more than force private ISPs to abide by certain rules. We need to turn those ISPs into publicly owned utilities.”

Wednesday, November 29, 2017
Ben Tarnoff
Against The Motion

“For now … there’s scant evidence that Internet users should brace for a slowdown.”

Monday, March 5, 2018
Salvador Rizzo

“Net neutrality is not disappearing because it didn't really exist in the first place.”

Friday, December 15, 2017
Leonid Bershidsky

"All wireless data are not the same."

Wednesday, December 13, 2017
Jeffrey Reed & Nishith Tripathi

“There is no evidence such anti-competitive behavior ever took place before the present rules were adopted in 2015.”


Friday, December 1, 2017
James L. Gattuso

“The best course of action is to do essentially what the FCC is doing. Repeal net neutrality.”

Thursday, July 13, 2017
Travis Kavulla

“Competition is alive and quite well. Indeed, these deals will get better and more innovative once the FCC adopts Chairman Pai’s plan to stop regulating internet service providers (ISPs) as if they were common carrier rotary telephone companies.”

Wednesday, May 10, 2017
Tom Schatz
Responses From ISPs & Tech Giants

“It is time for Congress to end the debate once and for all, by writing new laws that govern the internet and protect consumers.”

Wednesday, January 24, 2018
AT&T Blog Team

“In short, the internet will continue to work tomorrow just as it always has … We continue to support a legislative solution and will work with any interested members of Congress to achieve that solution.”

Thursday, December 14, 2017
AT&T Blog Team

“Two years ago, the FCC reversed course radically and put in place a set of rules based on monopoly train and telephone regulation from previous centuries. That outdated approach was unnecessary and out of step with today’s dynamic and competitive internet.”

Tuesday, November 21, 2017
Rich Young

“Our comments today reinforce our consistent and longstanding support of open Internet protections. In view of this consistent track record, it’s time for the naysayers to stop ignoring our – and other ISPs’ – commitment to net neutrality.”

Tuesday, July 17, 2018
David L. Cohen

Netflix, Mozilla, Google, Twitter and Credo Mobile speak out. 

Thursday, December 14, 2017
Chaim Gartenberg

“A consortium of tech companies, including Etsy and Kickstarter, is suing the FCC over the repeal of net neutrality — making them only the latest tech companies to do so.”


Monday, March 5, 2018
Rachel Sandler

“New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman, who is leading the states' suit, said that the FCC’s repeal of the net neutrality rules was ‘arbitrary’ and ‘capricious’ and violates federal law.”


Tuesday, January 16, 2018
Hamza Shaban & Brian Fung

“Big tech firms have gone from pushing for open-internet protections to being powerful enough not to need them.”


Wednesday, December 20, 2017
Joe Pinsker
Polls & Public Opinion

In a study conducted by the University of Maryland’s Program for Public Consultation, “83 percent overall favored keeping the FCC rules, including 75 percent of Republicans, 89 percent of Democrats and 86 percent of independents.”


Tuesday, December 12, 2017
Harper Neidig

“People are less likely to know about net neutrality than they are tax reform or sexual misconduct allegations against politicians, according to the poll."

Wednesday, November 29, 2017
Kevin Breuninger
Economic Implications

“Abigail Slater, the general counsel for the Internet Association, said on a conference call with reporters on Wednesday that the ISPs ‘bear the burden’ of showing that their investment has been impacted and that it is a result of Title II."

Wednesday, May 17, 2017
Ted Johnson
Consumer Implications

"If you're a Comcast customer, you may have to pay extra to be able to stream video from Netflix or Amazon, rather than from NBC or Hulu, which Comcast part-owns … If you're a Verizon customer, you may get charged extra to access Google's news or finance sites rather than Yahoo's."

Thursday, January 25, 2018
Tanza Loudenback

“In the case of net neutrality, the rules make consumer prices more — not less — likely to rise.”

Thursday, January 4, 2018
James L. Gattuso

“Without rules prohibiting paid prioritization, a fast lane could be occupied by big internet and media companies, as well as affluent households, while everyone else would be left on the slow lane.”

Thursday, December 14, 2017
Keith Collins

The repeal of net neutrality could make “videoconferencing, streaming lecture videos, or more experimental forms of distance learning less accessible.”

Tuesday, December 12, 2017
Klint Finley
International Perspectives

“To taste a future without net neutrality, try browsing the web in Beijing. China’s internet, provided through telecom giants aligned with the Communist Party, is a digital dystopia, filtered by the vast censorship apparatus known as China’s Great Firewall.”

Thursday, December 14, 2017
Nick Frisch

"In Portugal, with no net neutrality, internet providers are starting to split the net into packages … A huge advantage for entrenched companies, but it totally ices out startups trying to get in front of people which stifles innovation."

Thursday, December 14, 2017
Rob Price

“While the European Union has [net neutrality] rules in place, telecom providers have pushed the boundaries at times in Sweden, Germany, Portugal and elsewhere, offering a glimpse at the future American companies and consumers may face if protections are watered down.”

Sunday, December 10, 2017
Liz Alderman & Amie Tsang