Public Must Fight to Maintain Net Neutrality

Networks, the Internet, and Cloud Computing, Networks and Infrastructure and Net Neutrality

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Lawrence Lessig and Ben Scott


San Francisco Chronicle, April 17, 2008


This op-ed argues that people should support net neutrality.

Policy Relevance

People should support net neutrality to keep the Internet open and encourage trust and growth.

Main Points

  • The Internet is more open than previous technologies to ordinary people.

  • Net Neturality is a set of proposals to restrict ISP’s from charging more for “fast lane” service.

  • Comcast, AT&T and Verizon oppose net neutrality because it is in their interest to be able to use their networks to harm competitors.
    • Online businesses will not grow if they feel they cannot trust the networks.

  • The FCC stopped Comcast from blocking movies and other content from reaching consumers.

  • People should support net neutrality.

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