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The Global War for Internet Governance$
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Laura DeNardis

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780300181357

Published to Yale Scholarship Online: May 2014

DOI: 10.12987/yale/9780300181357.001.0001

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Internet Access and Network Neutrality

Internet Access and Network Neutrality

(p.131) Chapter Six Internet Access and Network Neutrality
The Global War for Internet Governance

Laura Denardis

Yale University Press

Network neutrality is an Internet policy issue that is prominently situated in policy discussions and media coverage. The basic question of network neutrality is whether Internet service providers should be legally prohibited from discriminating against, i.e. blocking or throttling back, specific Internet traffic. This differential treatment of traffic could be based on specific content, applications, protocols, classes of traffic such as video, or some characteristic of the user transmitting or accessing the traffic. This chapter provides some examples of network discrimination in the twenty-first century; explains the arguments for and against net neutrality regulation; and describes the history and status of this contentious Internet policy topic in global context.

Keywords:   Internet policy, Internet access discrimination, Internet service providers, network neutrality regulation

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