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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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Nobody Is Neutral When It Comes to Net Neutrality

This article examines the legal and political hurdles with the FCC’s net neutrality proposal to reclassify the Internet as a public utility. Christopher Yoo, director for the Center for Technology, Innovation & Competition at the University of Pennsylvania Law School, is quoted.


Christopher Yoo
Source: Scientific American
May 27, 2014

Nobody Is Neutral When It Comes to Net Neutrality

This article examines the legal and political hurdles with the FCC’s net neutrality proposal to reclassify the Internet as a public utility. Columbia Law School professor Tim Wu argues that reclassification as a Title II telecommunications common carrier would be achievable.


Tim Wu
Source: Scientific American
May 27, 2014

FCC to Unveil Proposed Rules to Govern Internet Traffic

"What the court said is, they had to allow for some degree of negotiation between the two parties, which might result in different agreements in different cases out of those negotiations." — Kevin Werbach, Professor of Legal Studies and Business Ethics, The Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania


Kevin Werbach
Source: National Public Radio’s Morning Edition
May 15, 2014

At Times, Netflix Movies Make Up a Third of Traffic

"We don't say the electricity companies should be charging the air conditioning producers for the fact that they create all this demand for electricity." — Barbara van Schewick, Professor, Stanford University


Barbara van Schewick
Source: National Public Radio’s Marketplace
May 15, 2014

Is an Internet 'Fast Lane' Inevitable?

"The 'Common Carrier' regime has always acknowledged that providers can create different classes of service as long as they charge everyone who wants that class of service the same amount....it wouldn’t prevent internet service providers from creating a fast lane in the first place." — Christopher Yoo, Professor, University of Pennsylvania


Christopher Yoo
Source: American Public Media’s Marketplace
May 15, 2014

‘Net Neutrality’ Puts FCC at Center of Storm

This article delves into reactions to Federal Communications Commission Chairman Tom Wheeler‘s net-neutrality proposal. Stanford University professor Barbara van Schewick’s efforts to raise awareness of the consequences of a proposed paid prioritization option for Internet traffic are outlined.


Barbara van Schewick
Source: The Washington Post
May 14, 2014

Net-Neutrality Plan to Put FCC in a Thicket It Has Avoided

Stanford Law professor Barbara Van Schewick said the FCC can't ban paid deals without reclassifying broadband. If the agency chooses to follow Mr. Wheeler's plan, she said, it must allow broadband providers to strike the deals with content companies to enforce the no-blocking rule.


Barbara van Schewick
Source: Wall Street Journal
May 13, 2014

FCC Chair Cracks Door Open to Reclassifying Broadband as a Public Utility

"If we want an open Internet and the rules necessary to preserve it, we have to continue to make our voices heard and work hard to educate and convince the FCC, the White House, and members of Congress. The future of the Internet depends on it." — Barbara van Schewick, Professor, Stanford University


Barbara van Schewick
Source: Ars Technica
May 12, 2014

Defending the Open Internet

"I thought of it as a kind of perpetual frontier, the place where everyone gets a shot, where the underdogs have a chance. The Internet has been that. And I wanted some principles that would keep it that way." — Tim Wu, Professor, Columbia University


Tim Wu
Source: The New York Times
May 10, 2014

Defending the Open Internet

"It’s like FedEx. You pay a certain amount for overnight delivery and a certain amount for two-day delivery. You could end up with something like that for the Internet." — Philip Weiser, Dean, University of Colorado Law School


Philip J. Weiser
Source: The New York Times
May 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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