High Tech Forum: Fact-Checking Free Press Net Neutrality Violations

By Richard Bennett

Several years ago, Free Press published a list of alleged net neutrality violations intended to show a real and ongoing problem that only federal regulations could address. The list was meant to address the allegation that net neutrality is a “solution in search of a problem”, a favorite line of critics.

The organization has updated the list in hopes of increasing its relevance to the current controversy, so it’s due for a fact-checking. The list spans a period from 2004 to 2013. We judge the relevance of the reported infractions by three criteria:

  1. Did the alleged infraction take place as represented?
  2. Was the infraction a meaningful limitation on Internet freedom?
  3. Would the infraction have been covered by either the 2010 or 2015 Open Internet Orders?

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