This week we fight Net Neutrality!
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What is Net Neutrality?
Per Wikipedia: Net neutrality is the principle that Internet service providers and governments regulating the Internet must treat all data on the Internet the same, and not discriminate or charge differentially by user, content, website, platform, application, type of attached equipment, or method of communication. The term was coined by Columbia University media law professor Tim Wu in 2003, as an extension of the longstanding concept of a common carrier, which was used to describe the role of telephone systems.
Again, per WIkipedia: A widely cited example of a violation of net neutrality principles was the Internet service provider Comcast’s secretslowing (a.k.a. “throttling”) of uploads from peer-to-peer file sharing (P2P) applications by using forged packets. Comcast didn’t stop blocking these protocols, like BitTorrent, until the FCC ordered them to stop. In another example, The Madison River Communications company was fined US$15,000 by the FCC, in 2004, for restricting their customers’ access to Vonage, which was rivaling their own services. AT&T was also caught limiting access to FaceTime, so only those users who paid for AT&T’s new shared data plans could access the application
Why are we worried about Net Neutrality?
The FCC Chairman is currently 2Ajit Pai. Ajit Pai worked for and handled regulatory issues for Verizon Wireless, one of the companies that would benefit from loosening the regulation of Net Neutrality.
Some articles to check out:
AT&T asks US Supreme Court to overturn Net Neutrality
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