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Network neutrality: Network neutrality, or net neutrality, is the principle that internet service providers (ISPs) should treat all data on the internet equally. It advocates for ISPs to not discriminate or prioritize certain websites, content, or services over others by throttling speeds, blocking access, or offering preferential treatment. This principle aims to maintain an open and fair internet where all data is treated equally. See also Internet, Neutrality, Networks.
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Jonathan Zittrain on Network Neutrality - Dictionary of Arguments

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Network Neutrality/Zittrain: Those who provide content and services over the Internet have generally lined up in favor of “network neutrality,” by which faraway ISPs would not be permitted to come between external content or service providers and their customers. The debate is nuanced and far ranging. (1) Proponents of various forms of
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network neutrality invoke the Internet’s tradition of openness as prescriptive: they point out that ISPs usually route packets without regard for what they contain or where they are from, and they say that this should continue in order to allow maximum access by outsiders to an ISP’s customers and vice versa.
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1. For an overview of different perspectives on the debate, see, for example, “Network Neutrality”: Hearing Before the S. Comm. on Commerce, Sci. & Transp., 109th Cong. (2006) (statement of Lawrence Lessig, Professor of Law, Stanford Law School), available at; Tim Wu, Network Neutrality FAQ, (last visited May 15, 2007); Christopher S. Yoo, Would Mandating Broadband Network Neutrality Help or Hurt Competition? A Comment on the End-to-End Debate, 3 J. TELECOMM. & HIGH TECH. L. 71 (2004); David Farber & Michael Katz, Hold Off on Net Neutrality, WASH. POST, Jan. 19, 2007, at A19. For a more detailed discussion of the network neutrality debate, compare Tim Wu, Network Neutrality, Broadband Discrimination, 2 J. TELECOMM. & HIGH TECH. L. 141 (2003), and Mark A. Lemley & Lawrence Lessig, The End of End-to-End: Preserving the Architecture of the Internet in the Broadband Era, 48 UCLAL. REV. 925 (2001), with Christopher S. Yoo, Beyond Network Neutrality, 19 HARV. J.L. & TECH. 1 (2005). See also Legal Affairs Debate Club—Keeping the Internet Neutral? Christopher S. Yoo and Tim Wu Debate, LEGAL AFFAIRS, May 1, 2006, For articles noting the centrality of end-to-end, see for example, Marjory S. Blumenthal, End-to-End and Subsequent Paradigms, 2002 L. REV. M.S.U.-D.C L. 709 (describing end-to-end as the current paradigm for understanding the Internet); and Lawrence Lessig, The Architecture of Innovation, 51 DUKE L.J. 1783 (2002) (arguing that end-to-end establishes the Internet as a commons). For the perspective of a number of economists, see William J. Baumol et al., Economists’ Statement on Network Neutrality Policy (AEI-Brookings Joint Ctr., Working Paper No. RP07– 08, 2007). For an argument about why competition alone does not preclude network discrimination, see Brett M. Frischmann & Barbara van Schewick, Network Neutrality and the Economics of an Information Superhighway: A Reply to Professor Yoo, 47 JURIMETRICS (forthcoming 2007) (manuscript at 7—8), available at See also Jonathan L. Zittrain, The Generative Internet, 119 HARV. L. REV. 1974, 1988—89, 2029—30 & n.208 (2006).

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The Future of the Internet--And How to Stop It New Haven 2009

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