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Arguments For / Against & The History Of Net Neutrality November 2017
The best place to begin with net neutrality is understanding it’s basic premise: Providers who are transporting data should treat every packet the same, regardless of the source, the destination or the service. Net neutrality IS NOT about regulating the internet, it’s about regulating the providers.
Law Professor Tim Wu first uses the phrase “net neutrality” in a law review article in 2003, but the word was not really popularized until more recently.
(The Paper https://papers.ssrn.com/sol3/papers.cfm?abstract_id=388863)
$200 Billion Broadband Scandal
Read page 210-223, especially page 222.
Thanks to Reddit user https://www.reddit.com/user/Skrattybones who started this list
2005 – Comcast was denying access to p2p services without notifying customers.
https://www.eff.org/deArguments Against Net Neutrality eplinks/2007/10/eff-tests-agree-ap-comcast-forging-packets-to-interfere
AT&T CEO Edward Whitacre
“They don’t have any fiber out there. They don’t have any wires. They don’t have anything,” he argues. “They use my lines for free — and that’s bull. For a Google or a Yahoo! or a Vonage or anybody to expect to use these pipes for free is nuts!”
2007 Complaint filed against Comcast for filtering traffic
2008 Comcast Loses The Case https://www.publicknowledge.Arguments Against Net Neutrality org/news-blog/blogs/comcast-case-victory-internet
2007-2009 – AT&T was having Skype and other VOIPs blocked because they didn’t like there was competition for their cellphones.
2010 The Federal Communications Commission today said it would vote on rules to prevent ISPs from discriminating against the bits flowing across their networks
2011 – MetroPCS tried to block all streaming except youtube. Essentially this was a Zero Rating Service
2011-2013, AT&T, Sprint, and Verizon were blocking access to Google Wallet because it competed with their systems
2011 Verizon Communications refiles a lawsuit Friday to block Net neutrality regulations passed by the FCC late in 2010, taking the position the FCC does not have the authority to enforce the rules.
2012, Verizon was demanding google block tethering apps on android because it let owners avoid their $20 tethering fee. This was despite guaranteeing they wouldn’t do that as part of a winning bid on an airwaves auction.They were fined $1.25million over this
2012, AT&T – tried to block access to FaceTime unless customers paid more money.
2013, Verizon literally stated that the only thing stopping them from favoring some content providers over other providers were the net neutrality rules in place.
2014 FCC Chairman Wheeler Endorses Title II
2015 FCC Passes Title II Net Neutrality Rules