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Net neutrality won. Here’s the essay that started it all.

Tim Wu first articulated the concept 14 years ago.

Tim Wu at Columbia University
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Net neutrality was upheld by the U.S. Court of Appeals, which is great for internet companies like Netflix, Google and Facebook since they rely on people getting unfettered access to the web.

The big cable and telecom companies will likely appeal the decision, but for now, net neutrality defines the rules of the internet.

Despite the decade-long debate, the concept was only articulated 14 years ago by an associate professor at the University of Virginia Law School named Tim Wu. The one-time politician is now a noted author and a professor at Columbia Law School, but he is more significantly the father of net neutrality.

Here’s his essay, which started it all:

This article originally appeared on Recode.net.

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