Category Archives: Net Neutrality

Arguments Against & The History Of Net Neutrality


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)

The FCC decided it was in the public’s best interests if all packets that passed through the ISP’s systems would be treated equally and each time an ISP was caught breaking those rules the FCC would step in. This went on from 2004 until January 14, 2014, when the DC Circuit Court determined in the case of Verizon Communications Inc. v. FCC that the FCC had no authority to enforce network neutrality rules as long as service providers were not identified as “common carriers”  As a response to the DC Circuit Court’s decision, a dispute developed as to whether net neutrality could be guaranteed under existing law, or if reclassification of ISPs was needed to ensure net neutrality. Wheeler stated that the FCC had the authority under Section 706 of the Telecommunications Act of 1996 to regulate ISPs, while others, including President Obama, supported reclassifying ISPs as common carriers under Title II of the Communications Act of 1934.  On March 12, 2015, the FCC released the specific details of its new net neutrality rules that they were empowered to enforce and on April 13, 2015, the final rule was published and has stood in place until present day.  

$200 Billion Broadband Scandal Book & The “It’s Their Network” debate
Read page 210-223, especially page 222.
https://www.ntia.doc.gov/legacy/broadbandgrants/comments/61BF.pdf

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!”
https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2005-11-06/rewired-and-ready-for-combat

2007 Complaint filed against Comcast for filtering traffic
https://www.publicknowledge.org/pdf/fp_pk_comcast_complaint.pdf

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.
http://fortune.com/2009/04/03/group-asks-fcc-to-probe-iphone-skype-restrictions/

2010 The Federal Communications Commission today said it would vote on rules to prevent ISPs from discriminating against the bits flowing across their networks
https://gigaom.com/2010/12/20/fccs-new-new-net-neutrality-compromise-is-better/

2011 – MetroPCS tried to block all streaming except youtube. Essentially this was a Zero Rating Service
https://www.wired.com/2011/01/metropcs-net-neutrality/

2011-2013, AT&T, Sprint, and Verizon were blocking access to Google Wallet because it competed with their systems
https://www.savetheinternet.com/blog/11/07/06/verizons-illegal-app-blocking 
http://www.businessinsider.com/verizon-blocking-google-wallet-2011-12

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.
https://www.cnet.com/news/verizon-sues-again-to-block-net-neutrality-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
https://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/post-tech/post/fcc-fines-verizon-125m-for-blocking-tethering-apps/2012/07/31/gJQAXjRLNX_blog.html

2012, AT&T – tried to block access to FaceTime unless customers paid more money.
https://www.freepress.net/press-release/99480/att-blocking-iphones-facetime-app-would-harm-consumers-and-break-net-neutrality

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.
https://www.savetheinternet.com/blog/2013/09/18/verizons-plan-break-internet

2014 FCC Chairman Wheeler Endorses Title II
https://www.wired.com/2015/02/fcc-chairman-wheeler-net-neutrality/

2015 FCC Passes Title II Net Neutrality Rules
https://www.publicknowledge.org/news-blog/blogs/a-landmark-day-for-net-neutrality