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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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Big ISPs Finally Gave Up on Blocking California’s Landmark Network Neutrality Law

“While California has been free to enforce its net neutrality law for over a year, today removes any doubt that the state has the right to protect its economy and democratic discourse from the whims of large phone and cable companies.” — Barbara van Schewick, Professor of Law, Stanford University


Barbara van Schewick
Source: Fast Company
May 6, 2022

Appeals Court Upholds California’s Right to Enforce Its Net Neutrality Law While the FCC Remains at a Standstill

“Today’s ruling means California can continue to enforce its net neutrality law and protect Californians against unfair practices by the companies they pay to get online.” — Barbara van Schewick, Professor of Law, Stanford University


Barbara van Schewick
Source: CNBC
January 28, 2022

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
Source: Bloomberg
March 17, 2021

Net Neutrality Law to Take Effect in California after Judge Deals Blow to Telecom Industry

“The judge found, as I’ve long argued, that an agency that says it has no power to regulate, it has no power to tell others they can’t regulate,”  — Barbara van Schewick, Professor of Law, Stanford University


Barbara van Schewick
Source: The Washington Post
February 23, 2021

California Could Soon Have Its Own Version of the Internet

"I think that California, like Brussels, certainly might set the bar for compliance on several important tech issues. But this might not lead to balkanization in the way we’re seeing in China and Russia." — Woodrow Hartzog, Professor of Law, Northeastern University


Woodrow Hartzog
Source: Wired
December 29, 2018

Bad News for AT&T and Comcast: Calif. Senate Panel Oks Net Neutrality Bill

"Today, the Internet is a space where every Californian, no matter the color of their skin or the size of their wallets, has equal chance of reaching people online. It's a space where we the people—not AT&T and Comcast—determine what succeeds in our economy, our culture, and our democracy." — Barbara van Schewick, Professor of Law, Stanford University


Barbara van Schewick
Source: Ars Technica
April 18, 2018

The FCC's Net-Neutrality Protections Are About to Disappear — But Supporters Are Moving on Multiple Fronts to Put Them Back in Place

"As a matter of policy, it's a bad idea to have the internet governed by lots of little state regulations." — James Speta, Professor of Law, Northwestern University


James Speta
Source: Business Insider
March 3, 2018

How the FCC's Net Neutrality Plan Breaks With 50 Years of History

"…the Pai proposal isn’t merely tinkering with some of the rules imposed by the Obama administration but, rather, is eliminating the FCC oversight in place for decades. He is, in fact, coming close to eliminating the agency as a relevant institution." — Tim Wu, Professor of Law, Columbia University


Tim Wu
Source: Wired
December 6, 2017

What Will Happen if the FCC Abandons Net Neutrality?

"If the FCC bans paid prioritization, then consumers will eventually shoulder the cost of expanding network capacity, not Netflix. ISPs will pass down the cost to users since Netflix cannot pay for fast lanes." — Christopher Yoo, Professor of Law, University of Pennsylvania


Christopher Yoo
Source: Knowledge@Wharton
December 5, 2017

What Will Happen if the FCC Abandons Net Neutrality?

"Net neutrality touches some very sensitive nerves on both sides of the debate. … It goes fundamentally to the heart of what the internet is and what its role is in our society." — Kevin Werbach, Professor of Legal Studies and Business Ethics, Wharton School of Business


Kevin Werbach
Source: Knowledge@Wharton
December 5, 2017
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In a Win for the Open Internet, AT&T Stops Zero-Rating Its Own Video

Stanford law professor Barbara van Schewick explains why AT&T’s decision to suspend its sponsored data program is a “win for an open and free internet.”

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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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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