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Wired: The Father of Net Neutrality Returns to Do Battle With Comcast

Thu, 06/26/2014 - 13:43 -- Eva Prkachin

What would a world with Internet slow lanes look like, and what can we do to stop it? Check out what the father of Net Neutrality is doing to keep the Internet open and innovative.

Article by Robert McMillan for Wired

Tim Wu saw firsthand how people can mess with the internet.

Fifteen years ago, he landed a marketing job with a network equipment maker called Riverstone Networks. Riverstone made network routers, among other things, and it sold many of these to Chinese internet service providers who then used them to block traffic on their networks.

After about a year, he left Riverstone, disillusioned but wiser. And today, Wu says that the time he spent there helped cement the idea that has made him famous: net neutrality. First proposed in a June 2002 memo, net neutrality decreed that internet service providers must treat all traffic equally, and let users do what they wished with their bandwidth. This led to FCC rules that not only prevented ISPs from blocking content, but barred them from discriminating against traffic in other ways.

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