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Net Neutrality

This module is an introduction to "Net Neutrality" which means that all data on the internet would be treated equally with no extra charges for faster internet or for access to certain services. Net neutrality advocates the same model we use for public utilities, such as electricity or water.

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Spotlight - Current Status of Net Neutrality

2009 - Telecom Regulatory Policy CRTC 2009-657 - include considerations for net neutrality including Transparency, Clarity, and Competitive Neutrality

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The EFF collects on-going information about net neutrality proceedings. - Opens in a new window In general the current status of net neutrality can be summed up by the following decisions:

2017 - The FCC votes to exempt small ISPs (250,000 or fewer subscribers) from the net neutrality rules, citing the compliance procedures are too onerous and expensive for small companies.1
2015 - The FCC "voted to classify broadband as a telecom service under Title II of the Communications Act rather than an information service. What that means is that the FCC will have more authority to regulate ISPs, while its net neutrality rules will have a stronger legal footing."2
2010 - The FCC approved three high-level rules supporting net neutrality: transparency; no blocking; and no unreasonable discrimination.3

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  1. FCC Extends Net Neutrality Exemption for Small ISPs - Opens in a new window
  2. Divided FCC Votes to Reclassify Broadband in Net Neutrality Vote - Opens in a new window
  3. Divided FCC Approves Net Neutrality Rules - Opens in a new window

"In October 2015 the first EU-wide Net Neutrality rules were adopted. EU rules on net neutrality (open internet) apply as of 30 April 2016, following the adoption of Regulation (EU) 2015/2120 on 25 November 2015" from European Commission - Opens in a new window

An image displaying net neutrality in the EU, no blocking or throttling between user and internet access provider. Every European must have access to the open internet, all internet traffic will be treated equally.

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