Net Neutrality Statistics Dashboard

Net Neutrality

The hard facts.

What is net neutrality?

Under net neutrality, all online content is delivered equally by internet service providers (ISPs). Rules implemented in 2015 mandate that such companies as Comcast and Verizon not “block, throttle or prioritize certain content on the internet.” They cannot slow speeds for high-bandwidth services, such as Netflix and YouTube, nor create “fast lanes” for services willing to pay for them. Proponents say net neutrality preserves a low barrier to entry for innovators—ensuring a level playing field for the next Facebook. Critics argue that it is government overreach, and that the regulations deprive ISPs of their own resources for innovation.

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Unprecedented public comment.

The current rules took effect after an intense public debate in which the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) received a record number of public comments, driven largely by a John Oliver rant. Now, the newly Republican-controlled FCC is taking steps to roll back those rules—and the flood of comments has revived, supported once again by a John Oliver segment.

Public Comments (Millions) on Net Neutrality
2014 vs. 2017

Since the FCC reopened for public comments on net neutrality this year, the issue has made up an enormous portion of the organization’s total comments.

2017 Public Comments
Net Neutrality vs. Other FCC Issues

The big influencers.

Naturally, net neutrality rules are generally supported by tech companies and opposed by ISPs. On both sides of the fight, the biggest stakeholders bear heavy political influence.

2016 Political Influence
Opponents of Net Neutrality
2016 Political Influence
Supporters of Net Neutrality

The big data users.

One argument against net neutrality is that high-bandwidth services should pay for their disproportionate share.

Top Bandwidth Users
Fixed access, during peak periods.
Top Bandwidth Users
Mobile access, during peak periods.

How do voters feel?

Americans generally support net neutrality.

Voter Sentiment

And that support is mostly bipartisan.

Voter Sentiment