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From your article:

A few years ago, someone cooked up a coined phrase "Net Neutrality."

Tim Wu coined the phrase in a 2003 paper so a bit over "a few years ago". It was not about regulation but in a scholarly paper describing how data was treated on the internet.

Did we have evidence that the internet is not open? No.

2005, North Carolina ISP Madison River Communications blocked the voice-over-internet protocol (VOIP) service Vonage.
2005 Comcast blocks users from BitTorrent and Gnutella
2007–2009, AT&T forced Apple to block Skype and other competing VOIP phone services on the iPhone.
2010, Windstream Communications Users who believed they had set the browser to the search engine of their choice were redirected to Windstream's own search portal and results.
2011, MetroPCS nnounced plans to block streaming video over its 4G network from all sources except YouTube.
2011–2013, AT&T, Sprint and Verizon blocked Google Wallet, a mobile-payment system that competed with a similar service called Isis, which all three companies had a stake in developing.
2012, AT&T announced that it would disable the FaceTime video-calling app on its customers' iPhones unless they subscribed to a more expensive text-and-voice plan.

During oral arguments in Verizon v. FCC in 2013, judges asked whether the phone giant would favor some preferred services, content or sites over others if the court overruled the agency's existing open internet rules. Verizon counsel Helgi Walker had this to say: "I'm authorized to state from my client today that but for these rules we would be exploring those types of arrangements."

People seem to forget that all of these rules that they are complaining about aren't solutions in search of problems but responses to problems. In fact on several occasions the FCC tackled NN in less draconian ways only to have providers sue and win. The 2015 rules were an effort to craft rules that would stand up to court challenges since the providers had shown repeatedly that they would challenge the rules.

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