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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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FCC Leaves Itself Wiggle Room on Net-Neutrality Rules

"It’s a reasonable and logical approach given the degree of uncertainty about what is going to happen in the marketplace. Networks evolve." — Kevin Werbach, Professor, Wharton School of Business at the University of Pennsylvania

Kevin Werbach
Source: Wall Street Journal
March 12, 2015

Net Neutrality Prevails in Contentious FCC Vote

"Start-ups, nonprofits and many other organizations—Wikipedia, for example—that use the Internet do not have the deep pockets of, say, Fox News or NBC to spend on enhanced access to their content." — Tim Wu, Professor of Law, Columbia University

Tim Wu
Source: Scientific American
February 26, 2015

Father of Net Neutrality, Tim Wu, Hails FCC Decision

"I think it is a vote that guarantees the continued and historic openness of the Internet. For the consumer, that means it will continue to be where new things come from. For business, it remains the easiest place to start a business." — Tim Wu, Professor of Law, Columbia University

Tim Wu
Source: NBC News
February 26, 2015

Federal Communications Commission Issues New ‘Net Neutrality’ Rules

"Sadly, the debates are not over. In all likelihood, this will bleed over to an issue that is actively debated in the next presidential campaign." — Kevin Werbach, Professor of Law, University of Pennsylvania

Kevin Werbach
Source: Los Angeles Daily News
February 26, 2015

How Google’s Silence Helped Net Neutrality Win

"It was significant that the large technology companies like Google, Facebook and Microsoft also signed on to this letter, because it signaled to everyone in Washington that large companies do care about it." — Barbara van Schewick, Professor of Law, Stanford University

Barbara van Schewick
Source: Wired
February 26, 2015

FCC Vote Could Be Game Changer for Internet Privacy

"Clearly, where you go and what you do on the Internet qualifies as proprietary information under the law. This potentially covers a lot of ground." — Ryan Calo, Professor of Law, University of Washington

M. Ryan Calo
Source: Los Angeles Times
February 26, 2015

Best Web Regulator Not Necessarily Net Neutrality

"In an industry with lots of change and innovation, there are big dangers of allowing only the people who can pay you today to win." — Nicholas Economides, Professor of Economics, New York University

Nicholas Economides
Source: Wall Street Journal
February 25, 2015

Netflix, Meet Bunker Ramo, Or Why Net Neutrality Is Doomed By Change

"Frankly, the regulators are not that good at understanding the underlying technologies. Even if they’re right now, things change." — Christopher Yoo, Professor of Law, University of Pennsylvania

Christopher Yoo
Source: Forbes
February 12, 2015

Tim Wu on the FCC’s Net Neutrality Proposal: ‘The Middle of the Road Is for Roadkill’

"I think net neutrality has proven itself over the last 15 years to be pretty good for everyone involved. Obviously, consumers have gotten a lot of new stuff, and it's been good for the American economy and business growing on the Internet. And even the cable companies have real trouble complaining about a product that they make so much money on." — Tim Wu, Professor of Law, Columbia University

Tim Wu
Source: The Washington Post
February 9, 2015

Obamacare for the Internet? GOP Evolves on Net Neutrality

"There is ultimately a longer game here than net neutrality, which is what authority the FCC has into the future over broadband services. From an industry standpoint, ultimately they are probably more concerned from getting out from under FCC oversight than they are about authorization to engage in hypothetical discrimination." — Kevin Werbach, Professor of Legal Studies and Business Ethics, The Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania

Kevin Werbach
Source: CBS News
February 5, 2015
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The Recent FCC Ruling Will Not Kill the Internet – A Policy Brief by SIEPR’s Gregory Rosston

Stanford’s Gregory Rosston provides his insights to the net neutrality debate in a policy brief he recently prepared for the Stanford Institute for Economic Policy Research.

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