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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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Defending the Open Internet

"The F.C.C. appears to be attempting to thread a needle. I don’t think we’ll know for a while whether they can succeed.” — Christopher Yoo, Professor, University of Pennsylvania

Christopher Yoo
Source: The New York Times
May 10, 2014

The Case for Rebooting the Network Neutrality Debate

"The legal vacuum created by the Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit threatens the Internet that we know and love. It threatens the start-up economy. It threatens American leadership in the Internet space. That is a huge problem, and we need to fix it." — Barbara van Schewick, Professor, Stanford University

Barbara van Schewick
Source: The Atlantic
May 6, 2014

Christopher Yoo Thinks Net Neutrality's End Might Not Be So Bad

"Network neutrality proponents seem to be assuming that the proposed standard would be tantamount to non-regulation. I’m not sure broadband providers regard the new rules as a green light for doing whatever they want." — Christopher Yoo, Professor, University of Pennsylvania

Christopher Yoo
Source: IEEE Spectrum
April 28, 2014

Goodbye, Net Neutrality; Hello, Net Discrimination

"We take it for granted that bloggers, start-ups, or nonprofits on an open Internet reach their audiences roughly the same way as everyone else. Now they won’t. They’ll be behind in the queue, watching as companies that can pay tolls to the cable companies speed ahead." — Tim Wu, Professor, Columbia University

Tim Wu
Source: The New Yorker
April 24, 2014

Disruptions: Paying to Travel in the Internet’s Fast Lanes

“Phone and cable companies should be careful what they wish for because this could all blow up in their face. Verizon and Comcast could end up facing serious demands for money. It could be that Google will say to the telcos, ‘Actually, if you want your customers to be able to reach Google, I’m afraid you’re going to pay us.’” — Tim Wu, Professor, Columbia Law School

Tim Wu
Source: New York Times
February 2, 2014

Federal Appeals Court Strikes Down Net Neutrality Rules

Denying that the FCC's open Internet order reflects common carriage regulation isn't likely to be a winning strategy, said Tim Wu, the Columbia University law professor who first coined the term "net neutrality." That's because the very notion of non-discrimination is central to common carriage, an idea that itself dates back to medieval times.

Tim Wu
Source: The Washington Post
January 14, 2014

Court Nixes Obama's Net Neutrality

“It’s just a completely different world” if Internet providers are able to throttle traffic to certain websites and services, such as Netflix, Skype and YouTube, said Columbia law professor Tim Wu, who coined the phrase “network neutrality.”

Tim Wu
Source: The Hill
January 14, 2014

Court Tosses Rules of Road for Internet

"It takes the Internet into completely uncharted territory." — Tim Wu, Professor of Law, Columbia University

Tim Wu
Source: The Wall Street Journal
January 14, 2014

‘A FEMA-Level Fail’: the Law Professor Who Coined ‘Net Neutrality’ Lashes Out at the FCC’s Legal Strategy

"It [the appeals court decision] leaves the Internet in completely uncharted territory. There's never been a situation where providers can block whatever they want. For example, it means AT&T can block people from reaching T-Mobile's customer service site if it wanted. They can do whatever they want." — Tim Wu, Professor of Law, Columbia University

Tim Wu
Source: The Washington Post
January 14, 2014

The Coming War Over Net Neutrality

"The net-neutrality rules now in place reinforce the Internet’s original design principle: that all traffic is carried equally and without any special charges beyond those of transmission. Among other things, the rules are a pricing truce for the Internet; without them, we can expect a fight that will serve no one’s interests and will ultimately stick consumers with Internet bills that rise with the same speed as cable television’s." — Tim Wu, Law professor, Columbia University

Tim Wu
Source: The New Yorker
May 2, 2013
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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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