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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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Last week during the 2011 State of the Net Conference, TAP academic, Christopher Yoo participated in the panel that discussed “Congress and the Open Internet.” Link to video of the discussion is provided.
On this edition of the IP Colloquium, Columbia Law Professor Tim Wu joins UCLA Law Professor Doug Lichtman to discuss network neutrality and his recently published book, The Master Switch: The Rise and Fall of Information Empires.
Columbia law professor Tim Wu discusses his new book, "The Master Switch: The Rise and Fall of Information Empires" in a two-part video discussion from Press: Here.
Wednesday, Julius Genachowski, the chairman of the Federal Communications Commission, put recent speculation aside with his announcement of the FCC’s proposal to “preserve the open Internet as a platform for innovation, investment, job creation, competition, and free expression.” The proposal will be introduced for a vote before the five-member commission on December 21st.
In a recent blog post at The Laboratorium, James Grimmelmann discusses the Google and Verizon joint proposal from the perspective of a credibility problem for Google.
Shares Tim Wu’s article in Slate about the Google-Verizon proposal.
Jonathan Zittrain shares his understanding of the Google and Verizon joint proposal through his blog and other media. This post provides a few highlights.
Google and Verizon spurred the net neutrality debate into a frenzy last week when they issued a joint policy proposal to “preserve the open Internet and the vibrant and innovative markets it supports, to protect consumers, and to promote continued investment in broadband access.” This post provides a glance at what the top media are examining this week on the topic.
It’s hard to argue about net neutrality because it means so many different things to different people. I’ve got lots of reading to do to catch up on the newly released set of principles from Google and Verizon, but in the meantime here are a few thoughts on the topic.
Articles by Tim Wu and Christopher Yoo that focus on network neutrality are highlighted. And an overview of the recent news stories around the Google and Verizon joint proposal to the FCC.
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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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HBO Max Viewing Will Start Counting Against AT&T Data Limits

“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
Barbara van Schewick
Bloomberg
March 17, 2021

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The FCC is About to Repeal Net Neutrality. Here’s Why Congress Should Stop Them

In 2017, the Federal Communications Commission announced plans to repeal net neutrality rules. Net neutrality rules are well established and popular.

By: Barbara van Schewick