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Net Neutrality

“Net Neutrality” refers to the concept of an “open Internet” whereby end-users can access the lawful content, applications, services and devices of their choice. Policymakers around the world are considering whether and how to ensure that the Internet remains “open” and Internet access service providers do not improperly block or degrade content sent over their networks.

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Stanford’s Gregory Rosston provides his insights to the net neutrality debate in a policy brief he recently prepared for the Stanford Institute for Economic Policy Research.
NYU’s Stern School of Business economics professor Nicholas Economides explains that the FCC’s vote to repeal net neutrality will “usher in the era of paid prioritization.”
Net neutrality expert Barbara van Schewick shares her reaction to the FCC’s recent vote that repealed net neutrality rules.
An article by George Mason University professor Joshua Wright explains the value of enabling the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) to police internet service providers (ISPs).
Professors Evan Selinger and Brett Frischmann examine the net neutrality debate from the perspective that we are all content providers and content users. They believe that management of the internet should be based on the “timing and quantity of traffic flows.”
Columbia law professor Tim Wu provides a history lesson to help put FCC Chairman Pai’s proposed changes to net neutrality into perspective.
Stanford law professor Barbara van Schewick provides insights into the decades-long commitment that the FCC and its different Chairmen have undertaken to protect an open and accessible internet.
New York University economics professor Nicholas Economides explains why President-elect Trump’s appointments to the FCC’s transition team signals that net neutrality rules may be in danger.
George Washington University law professor Daniel Solove explains why the recent FTC v. AT&T Mobility decision is bad for consumer privacy protection and potentially bad for businesses that fall into the common carrier category.
Georgetown University professor Paul Ohm and Georgia Tech professor Peter Swire provided this week’s Senate hearing with their thoughts on the FCC’s Proposed Rules for regulating Internet privacy.
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Net Neutrality

Given the significance of the Internet, preserving its “openness” – an idea often referred to as “network neutrality” or “net neutrality” – has been a long-standing issue.

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Bad News for AT&T and Comcast: Calif. Senate Panel Oks Net Neutrality Bill

"Today, the Internet is a space where every Californian, no matter the color of their skin or the size of their wallets, has equal chance of reaching people online. It's a space where we the people—not AT&T and Comcast—determine what succeeds in our economy, our culture, and our democracy." — Barbara van Schewick, Professor of Law, Stanford University

Barbara van Schewick
Ars Technica
April 18, 2018

Featured Article

Network Neutrality, Broadband Discrimination

This paper looks at ideas to support open access to the Internet, including net neutrality rules.

By: Tim Wu