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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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The Economic Case that Net Neutrality Was Always Fundamentally Bad for the Internet

"...without net neutrality the costs associated with obtaining fast internet could make things difficult, and stunt the growth of the next internet unicorn. Startups are very, very important for the growth of the US economy." — Nicholas Economides, Professor of Economics, New York University

Nicholas Economides
Source: Quartz
November 29, 2017

Undoing Neutrality an Economic Blow

"This longstanding neutrality policy has been an incredible success by any measure. Under one or another version of the regime, the internet economy has created at least a million jobs and contributed greatly to the economic growth of the entire country, even when the rest of the economy was flat." — Tim Wu, Professor of Law, Columbia University

Tim Wu
Source: The Seattle Times
November 22, 2017

The FCC Has Always Defended Net Neutrality. Why Stop Now?

"Despite ISPs’ clearly stated threats and attempts to circumvent net neutrality protections, Pai wants to unilaterally disarm the FCC and move broadband providers from light-touch regulation to no regulation. That would be disaster for the Internet ecosystem. The U.S. has always had a free and open Internet precisely because of net neutrality protections." — Barbara van Schewick, Professor of Law, Stanford University

Barbara van Schewick
Source: Fortune
November 22, 2017

FCC’s Rollback of Net-Neutrality Rules Won’t Settle the Divisive Issue

"You can change your mind so long as you justify it and explain why the policy has changed." — Christopher Yoo, Professor of Law, University of Pennsylvania

Christopher Yoo
Source: Bloomberg
November 21, 2017

Washington Has Delivered a Tangled Message on AT&T’s Power

"It’s an ‘open the champagne bottles’ moment for AT&T. They can just tell people to pony up." — Tim Wu, Professor of Law, Columbia University

Tim Wu
Source: The New York Times
November 21, 2017

Net Neutrality Repeal: What Could Happen and How It Could Affect You

"An allowance of blocking is really pretty shocking." — Tim Wu, Professor of Law, Columbia University

Tim Wu
Source: The New York Times
November 21, 2017

Did Net Neutrality Keep Broadband Out of Low-Income Neighborhoods, as FCC Claims?

"The idea that there’s a nuclear winter in broadband, or even just in rural broadband, because of the Title II classification just doesn’t make sense." — Kevin Werbach, Associate Professor of Legal Studies and Business Ethics, Wharton School of Business

Kevin Werbach
Source: USA Today
May 4, 2017

Another Debate About Net Neutrality in America

Wharton School of Business professor Kevin Werbach is interviewed for this article, which discusses the proposed plan by FCC Chairman Ajit Pai to change the rules on net neutrality. Chairman Pai will seek to roll back the classification of Internet service providers (ISPs) so that they are no longer treated like a public utility with strict regulations.

Kevin Werbach
Source: The Economist
April 22, 2017

Net Neutrality Foe to Head the FCC

"I’m hopeful that the FCC won’t be defanged entirely, and that even without the Open Internet Order the agency will still act against anticompetitive behavior among the large internet companies." — James Speta, Professor of Law, Northwestern University

James Speta
Source: Scientific American
January 30, 2017

Don’t Gut Net Neutrality. It’s Good for People and Business

" neutrality is pro-business in the best and fullest sense of the term, guaranteeing that new companies can grow unimpeded and help accelerate the US economy." — Nicholas Economides, Professor of Economics, New York University

Nicholas Economides
Source: Wired
January 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.”

Barbara van Schewick

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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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California Defends Its Net Neutrality Law

Net neutrality law limits Internet Service Providers’ (ISPs) control of Internet uses and users. Federal net neutrality rules were repealed, but states should be able to enact their own net neutrality rules.

By: Barbara van Schewick