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The term describes the belief that Internet service providers (ISPs) and governments should treat data transmitted on the Internet equally regardless of the kind, or size, being transmitted. Net Neutrality advocates are opposed to ISPs throttling connection speeds based on the kind of data being transmitted, or the servers transmitting. Net Neutrality advocates are also opposed to the creation of "fast lanes," or faster/higher bandwidth connections, for exclusive content providers (e.g. Netflix, Youtube, etc.) who often pay, or may be required to pay, an additional fee to ISPs for these fast lanes. A "neutral" net would have ISPs charge users equally regardless of content, site, platform, application, type of attached equipment, and modes of communication. Net Neutrality does NOT refer to censorship of the internet by the Federal Government. Primarily, again, Net Neutrality is the position which states that ISPs should not limit service, or provide exclusive services, to those sending traffic along their network based on content (music, movies, etc.), site (e.g. political websites, websites owned by their competitors, etc.), company/customer, application, equipment, or mode/type of communication (peer to peer).

Many fear that if currently proposed net neutrality laws are passed the FCC will be given unlimited control of the internet, and that private ISPs will influence the FCC to pass regulations that will push their competitors out of business.
Comcast isn't treating traffic neutrally, and thus we must pass Net Neutrality legislation, regulate the internet, and hope that the government, and the Net, won't end up in Comcast's pocket through the revolving door that is Washington DC.
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The idea that the interwebs are neutral territory belonging to no government. Under net neutrality, all internet access should be treated equally free from censorship, throttling, or any other disruptive actions that diminish freedom of expression or freedom of usage preventing corporate monopolies.
The FCC wants to destroy net neutrality and give giant cable companies control over the Internet.
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The only way the internet should be. Without Net Neutrality, you'll have to pay for basic everyday necessities.
Say goodbye to your social life, your education, online dating, gaming, and video streaming.

Ajit Pai of the FCC is the worst person ever.
~~Net Neutrality~~

"I want your money" - Ajit Pai

"We want our freedom" - Everyone else
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Ironically, these definitions will probably all mysteriously disappear from the internet, should there come a day when society truly needs to understand what it is. How convenient...
Now that net neutrality is a thing of the past, all content on the internet is under the direct jurisdiction of the government...or the highest bidder
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An idea whereby all access to the collective Internets is equal. Where no limits on different throughputs or access to services are placed.
Senator Stevens on Net Neutrality:
The internet is not something that you just dump something on... It's not a big truck, it's a series of tubes!

You sir, are an idiot!
by Cam!!!!!111oneoneone! August 22, 2006
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An idea whereby all access to the collective Internets is equal. Where no limits on different throughputs or access to services are placed.
Senator Stevens on Net Neutrality:
The internet is not something that you just dump something on... It's not a big truck, it's a series of tubes!

You sir, are an idiot!
by Cam!!!!!111oneoneone! August 22, 2006
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