Net Neutrality Being Closely Examined in Congress

By TAP Staff Blogger

Posted on February 22, 2011


Net neutrality is being examined closely and challenged from many angles. Last week alone saw the following hearings and votes:


  • On Wednesday (2/16/11), the House Energy & Commerce Subcommittee on Communications and Technology held a hearing entitled "Network Neutrality and Internet Regulation: Warranted or More Economic Harm than Good?" The five commissioners of the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) testified about the network neutrality rules that put the commission in charge of how networks are managed, how technology partnerships are formed, and how the private sector invests in communications to provide new services and options to consumers. In opening statements from Communications and Technology Subcommittee Chairman Greg Walden and Energy and Commerce Committee Chairman Fred Upton, it was stressed that this hearing was “one last chance to convince us that you [FCC] have a sound legal and policy basis for regulating the Internet.” (Archived webcast and written testimony are available at the hearing’s web page.)

With on-going close examination of network neutrality, this might be a good time to watch the video from this year’s State of the Net Conference on “Congress & the Open Internet Order: Discuss.” The panel was planned to reflect diverse views on the subject, and it includes TAP scholar Christopher Yoo who is the Director of the Center for Technology, Innovation & Competition, University of Pennsylvania Law School.