History of Net Neutrality
From the Associated Press’ AP History — 1846-1900:
Over objections from Western Union, AP secures its first leased telegraph wire, a 226-mile circuit between New York, Philadelphia, Baltimore and Washington, enabling AP to move news unencumbered by delays and competition for the wire.
It is a good thing that the FCC did not exist then, or AP would probably be in its 50th round of hearings as to whether this proposal was in the public interest.
It is also amusing because a number of news organizations (members of the AP cooperative) have thundered about maintaining net neutrality on the Internet.
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