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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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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
Source: Ars Technica
April 18, 2018

The FCC's Net-Neutrality Protections Are About to Disappear — But Supporters Are Moving on Multiple Fronts to Put Them Back in Place

"As a matter of policy, it's a bad idea to have the internet governed by lots of little state regulations." — James Speta, Professor of Law, Northwestern University


James Speta
Source: Business Insider
March 3, 2018

How the FCC's Net Neutrality Plan Breaks With 50 Years of History

"…the Pai proposal isn’t merely tinkering with some of the rules imposed by the Obama administration but, rather, is eliminating the FCC oversight in place for decades. He is, in fact, coming close to eliminating the agency as a relevant institution." — Tim Wu, Professor of Law, Columbia University


Tim Wu
Source: Wired
December 6, 2017

What Will Happen if the FCC Abandons Net Neutrality?

"If the FCC bans paid prioritization, then consumers will eventually shoulder the cost of expanding network capacity, not Netflix. ISPs will pass down the cost to users since Netflix cannot pay for fast lanes." — Christopher Yoo, Professor of Law, University of Pennsylvania


Christopher Yoo
Source: Knowledge@Wharton
December 5, 2017

What Will Happen if the FCC Abandons Net Neutrality?

"Net neutrality touches some very sensitive nerves on both sides of the debate. … It goes fundamentally to the heart of what the internet is and what its role is in our society." — Kevin Werbach, Professor of Legal Studies and Business Ethics, Wharton School of Business


Kevin Werbach
Source: Knowledge@Wharton
December 5, 2017

The Economic Case that Net Neutrality Was Always Fundamentally Bad for the Internet

"...without net neutrality the costs associated with obtaining fast internet could make things difficult, and stunt the growth of the next internet unicorn. Startups are very, very important for the growth of the US economy." — Nicholas Economides, Professor of Economics, New York University


Nicholas Economides
Source: Quartz
November 29, 2017

Undoing Neutrality an Economic Blow

"This longstanding neutrality policy has been an incredible success by any measure. Under one or another version of the regime, the internet economy has created at least a million jobs and contributed greatly to the economic growth of the entire country, even when the rest of the economy was flat." — Tim Wu, Professor of Law, Columbia University


Tim Wu
Source: The Seattle Times
November 22, 2017

The FCC Has Always Defended Net Neutrality. Why Stop Now?

"Despite ISPs’ clearly stated threats and attempts to circumvent net neutrality protections, Pai wants to unilaterally disarm the FCC and move broadband providers from light-touch regulation to no regulation. That would be disaster for the Internet ecosystem. The U.S. has always had a free and open Internet precisely because of net neutrality protections." — Barbara van Schewick, Professor of Law, Stanford University


Barbara van Schewick
Source: Fortune
November 22, 2017

FCC’s Rollback of Net-Neutrality Rules Won’t Settle the Divisive Issue

"You can change your mind so long as you justify it and explain why the policy has changed." — Christopher Yoo, Professor of Law, University of Pennsylvania


Christopher Yoo
Source: Bloomberg
November 21, 2017

Washington Has Delivered a Tangled Message on AT&T’s Power

"It’s an ‘open the champagne bottles’ moment for AT&T. They can just tell people to pony up." — Tim Wu, Professor of Law, Columbia University


Tim Wu
Source: The New York Times
November 21, 2017
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The Recent FCC Ruling Will Not Kill the Internet – A Policy Brief by SIEPR’s Gregory Rosston

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.

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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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Network Neutrality, Broadband Discrimination

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

By: Tim Wu