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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 law professor Barbara van Schewick shares her reaction to the FCC’s vote to adopt network neutrality rules based on Title II of the Communications Act.
Professors Kevin Werbach, Wharton School, and Phil Weiser, Silicon Flatirons, explain why there is no cause for concern about the FCC’s shift toward reclassifying broadband Internet access under Title II of the Communications Act.
Federal Communications Commission Chairman Tom Wheeler released his proposal for ensuring network neutrality by reclassifying Internet service providers as a telecommunications service. TAP Scholars explain the value and challenges this proposal brings.
George Washington University Law School Professors Arturo Carrillo and Dawn Nunziato submitted a Comment to the FCC urging the Commission to adopt strong net neutrality rules so as not to violate the United States' international human rights and trade obligations.
The Net Neutrality and Global Internet Freedom Conference on October 23rd will explore the impact of net neutrality and net discrimination on Internet freedom and human rights within the United States and around the world.
In this piece written for The New Yorker, law professor Tim Wu, Columbia Law School, explains how Federal Communications Commission Chairman Tom Wheeler’s proposed new network neutrality rules would give broadband providers the right to charge content providers for faster network access.
Professor Kevin Werbach, Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania, discusses why he supports FCC Chairman Wheeler’s proposed approach of using authority under Section 706 of the Communications Act to protect the open Internet.
Economics professor Joshua Gans, Rotman School of Management, summarizes key points from his recent working paper, “Weak versus Strong Net Neutrality.”
Network neutrality has been in the news a lot lately. To understand the key issues in FCC Chairman Wheeler’s Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) for new net neutrality rules, TAP turns to the expertise of Stanford law professor Barbara van Schewick.
The FCC is apparently considering a proposal to make a form of network neutrality the law of the land. So why is there an explosion of outrage that the FCC is gutting, killing or abandoning net neutrality?
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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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“People should be free to choose which videos they want to watch -- whether that’s Netflix, Twitch or their local church’s Sunday service -- without the company they pay to get online trying to influence their choices.”  — Barbara van Schewick, Professor of Law, Stanford University
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March 17, 2021

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