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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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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

Net Neutrality Fight Likely Headed Back to Court

"It is virtually inevitable that some or many of the carriers will challenge the rules." — James Speta, Professor of Law, Northwestern University

James Speta
Source: Wall Street Journal
February 5, 2015

F.C.C. Plans Strong Hand to Regulate the Internet

"Once you’ve decided to take the bold step — apply Title II — and open yourself up to attacks from the industry and in court, it makes sense to put in everything you want." — Kevin Werbach, Professor of Legal Studies and Business Ethics, The Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania

Kevin Werbach
Source: New York Times
February 4, 2015

In Net-Neutrality Push, FCC Chief Will Seek Utility-Like Rules for Net

"And the norm — no fast lanes — has worked awfully well." — Tim Wu, Professor of Law, Columbia University

Tim Wu
Source: The Seattle Times
February 3, 2015

Why the U.S. Has Fallen Behind in Internet Speed and Affordability

"It’s just very simple economics. The average market has one or two serious Internet providers, and they set their prices at monopoly or duopoly pricing. — Tim Wu, Professor of Law, Columbia Law School"

Tim Wu
Source: The New York Times
October 30, 2014

In Net Neutrality Discussion, Lawsuits Loom Large

"There will be blood. There will be litigation." — Tim Wu, Professor of Law, Columbia University

Tim Wu
Source: The New York Times
October 7, 2014

Is the Internet About to Get Sloooooow?

"There is much at stake. The FCC's proposed rules threaten our ability to access the applications, content, and services of our choice -- the very principle behind "net neutrality," the idea that high-speed Internet providers should treat all types of Web content equally." — Barbara van Schewick, Professor of Law, Stanford University

Barbara van Schewick
Source: CNN
September 10, 2014
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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