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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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TAP scholars Tim Wu, Jonathan Zittrain, Edward Felten, and Lawrence Lessig join in the net neutrality debate in the New York Times “Room for Debate” section.
Two recent videos examine the net neutrality issue. In the first one, Bill Moyers talks with FCC commissioner Michael Copps about the future of net neutrality. And in the second one, Harvard Law Professor Larry Lessig, walks us through the history of America's broadband downfall.
The FCC should pass the non-discrimination rule, usually called “net neutrality.”
With last week’s congressional hearings on Comcast-NBC Universal merger, there is increased interest in net neutrality issues.
YouTube video of Professor Lawrence Lessig's presentation at the FCC Hearing on Internet Practices (April 2008).
Academic Arguments on Net Neutrality
An IP Colloquium Podcast on Digital Content
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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

Featured Article

Network Neutrality, Broadband Discrimination

This paper looks at ideas to support open access to the Internet, including net neutrality rules.

By: Tim Wu