Net Neutrality

Since its inception, the Internet has been governed by principles of openness and non-discrimination. Net neutrality is the legal principle that underpins the free and open Internet as we know it today. Simply put, it means that broadband gatekeepers – Verizon, Comcast, AT&T, and other Internet service providers (ISPs) – should treat all Internet traffic equally and not discriminate between different bits of data. That’s how the Internet works today: users can go to any website and access any type of content, whenever they want.

The FCC should eliminate the distinction between wireline and wireless in its 2010 Open Internet Order. To the extent wireless networks are constrained by bandwidth, the FCC’s existing exception for reasonable network management provides sufficient flexibility.

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Washington, D.C. – Today, the Internet Association released its 2016 Election Policy Platform, offering candidates an in-depth breakdown of the policies needed to create a regulatory environment that fosters and promotes innovation and growth across the internet ecosystem. The platform highlights the internet’s importance to the U.S. economy, including 6 percent of GDP in 2014 and nearly 3 million jobs.

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