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Questions about laws regarding the principle that internet service providers treat all internet communication equally.

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Has there ever been a documented instance of the problem that net neutrality purports to solve?

The typical argument, seen here, goes like this: Without net neutrality, cable companies could censor websites, favoring their own business partners. Typically, proponents of legislation point to ...
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How could the free market limit the effects of net neutrality's repeal?

How could the free market limit the effects of net neutrality's repeal? Specifically, how will consumers' internet access be protected without government regulation?
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Why must Title II be applied universally federally?

The argument for Net Neutrality (well, one of them) is that: Many people don't have an option of choice between >1 broadband ISP in their area For those people who live in broadband monopoly area, ...
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What are the main arguments against net neutrality?

With the upcoming FCC vote to abolish net neutrality provisions in the United States, I have read a tremendous amount about why net neutrality is a good thing and should be kept. What I haven't seen ...
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How can we protect net neutrality?

It looks like Wheeler will probably be stepping down from the FCC. How as a concerned citizen can we stop the large broadband companies from putting data caps and tiers on our internet service. We as ...
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Why does Federal Communications Commission want to reverse Title II net neutrality?

Stackoverflow Blog has recently added an article about FCC's desire to reverse Title II net neutrality. The short version: A few years back, the United States Federal Communication Commission, in ...
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What are the major points of contention for Net Neutrality in the courts?

The FCC just voted to dismantle net neutrality. This was expected, and now the decision goes to the DC circuit court then potentially the Supreme Court. If I understand it correctly, this court has ...
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Is it possible that the US raises fees for using US based internet services – like Stack Exchange or Google – for people not living in the US?

In the current discussion about fees and taxes for import and export of goods to and from the US I have a question about internet services (as kind of virtual goods): Is it possible that the US ...
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Would the Clayton Antitrust Act prevent the proposed "Fast Lane" of the internet problem with net neutrality?

Many people are going on about how the merger of Comcast and Time Warner will enable them to create a lane for the internet where wealthier individuals or companies can pay more for a 'faster lane.' ...
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Could Obama have legally appointed a third party or more than three Democrats to the FCC?

I've read the president's party can only have a 3-2 majority in the FCC? Is this a law or a tradition? And, is there anything that prohibits the president from appointing a different minority to the ...
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Will the repeal of Net Neutrality block me from accessing any websites? [closed]

Will the repeal of Net Neutrality block me from accessing ANY LEGAL website? These websites are small but VERY popular, and some contain adult content.
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Do "X% of people in US live in cable monopoly area" estimates include any other broadband ISP technologies? [closed]

In the context of Net Neutrality debate, one often hears claims that "X% of people live in the area with only one cable internet provider" (last one I heard was a podcast so don't recall exact # they ...
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Why is there so much fuss about an internet "fast lane" for a privileged few? [closed]

Preferred access for those who can afford it is most of the time the rule and not the exception. Some examples are, if you pay more then you can get: First class flights Better medical treatment ...
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