Two Videos That Examine Net Neutrality

By TAP Staff Blogger

Posted on April 29, 2010


Regulating broadband content speeds is just one of the Internet issues facing the US public and government. Some people look upon high-speed Internet access as akin to a right. FCC Commissioner Michael Copps terms it "more transformative than anything since the printing press.”

Earlier this month, a federal appeals court ruled that the Federal Communications Commission lacks the authority to force Internet service providers to keep their networks open to all forms of content. (“The New York Times:” U.S. Court Curbs F.C.C. Authority on Web Traffic & “The Washington Post:” Court rules for Comcast over FCC in 'net neutrality' case) While this threw into doubt the agency's status as watchdog of the Web, the FCC released a statement on the Comcast v. FCC decision: “Today’s court decision invalidated the prior Commission’s approach to preserving an open Internet. But the Court in no way disagreed with the importance of preserving a free and open Internet; nor did it close the door to other methods for achieving this important end.”

Two recent videos examine the net neutrality issue. In this first one, “Bill Moyers Journal” from April 23, 2010, Bill Moyers talks with FCC commissioner Michael Copps about the future of 'net neutrality', the fight for more democratic media and the future of journalism in the digital age. In this discussion, Michael Copps states the FCC’s position on net neutrality:

Our future is going to ride on broadband. How we get a job is going to ride on broadband. How we take care of our health. How we educate ourselves about our responsibilities as citizens. This all depends upon being able to go where you want to go on that Internet, to run the applications that you want to run, to attach the devices, to know what's going on. That's what net neutrality is all about.

In the second video, Harvard Law Professor Larry Lessig, walks us through the history of America's broadband downfall during a keynote speech he gave during the SNW 2010 conference on April 12, 2010. In his presentation, he discusses three areas of policy -- broadband, cybersecurity, and copyright, and about the corruption of the process of policy making affecting each.

TAP has highlighted some net neutrality articles by renowned scholars on the topic in past posts, The Net Neutrality View.