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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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This Is the Year Donald Trump Kills Net Neutrality

"The right has for a long time had an agenda that suggests that the role of the FCC should be significantly curtailed. I think it’s quite likely that will be the agenda of this new administration." — Kevin Werbach, Associate Professor of Legal Studies and Business Ethics, University of Pennsylvania


Kevin Werbach
Source: Wired
January 2, 2017

Stanford Study: T-Mobile's Binge On Is 'Likely Illegal'

"T-Mobile’s Binge On is aptly named — it feels good in the short-term but harms consumers in the long run. The program limits user choice, distorts competition, stifles innovation, and harms free speech on the Internet. If more ISPs offer similar programs, these harms will only grow worse." — Barbara van Schewick, Professor of Law, Stanford University


Barbara van Schewick
Source: The Verge
January 29, 2016

Lawrence Lessig: Technology Will Create New Models for Privacy Regulation

"…when push comes to shove, if certain services are not available to you because of privacy restrictions, you back out of restrictions. This is where I think new architecture is going to be so important." — Lawrence Lessig, Professor of Law and Ethics, Harvard University


Lawrence Lessig
Source: Wall Street Journal
December 30, 2015

Google’s Vint Cerf Warns Against Fragmentation of Internet

"In different environments, the balance ought to be different." — Christopher Yoo, Professor of Law, University of Pennsylvania


Christopher Yoo
Source: The Wall Street Journal
May 14, 2015

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
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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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