network neutrality

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Coined by media law professor Tim Wu in 2003.


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  1. A principle proposed for user-access networks participating in the Internet that advocates no restrictions by ISPs or government on the content, sites, platforms, equipment, and modes of communication over the network.
    • 2003, Tim Wu, “Network Neutrality, Broadband Discrimination,” in Journal of Telecommunications and High Technology Law, v 2, p 142:
      The promotion of network neutrality is no different than the challenge of promoting fair evolutionary competition in any privately owned environment, whether a telephone network, operating system, or even a retail store.