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The FCC is apparently considering a proposal to make a form of network neutrality the law of the land. So why is there an explosion of outrage that the FCC is gutting, killing or abandoning net neutrality?
Professor Shane Greenstein, Northwestern University, examines both sides of the Internet ‘fast lanes’ debate from an economics’ perspective. The FCC’s Open Internet Rules, adopted in 2010, were established to make sure that all Internet traffic was treated the same. However, yesterday, the FCC has released a draft document that could allow some Web companies to pay more for faster access.
Google has announced a plan to sell Motorola to Lenovo for just under three billion dollars. Professor Shane Greenstein, Northwestern University, explains how this business transaction is connected to the Nortel patent bidding war held by a bankruptcy court two years ago.
Last Friday, the Congressional Internet Caucus Advisory Committee hosted a Congressional briefing on the "D.C. Circuit Decision on FCC Open Internet Rules." University of Pennsylvania law professor Christopher Yoo was among the panelists to provide analysis of the Verizon v. FCC ruling.
Columbia University law professor Tim Wu shares his thoughts about the recent U.S. Court of Appeals ruling that struck down the FCC’s net neutrality rules.
TAP scholars have been studying wireless spectrum issues since before the FCC began to use auctions as a way to assign the right to use spectrum (in the 1990s). Included in this post are select articles to help explain some of the tech-policy issues with spectrum allocation, auctions, and policies.
Geoffrey Manne, International Center for Law & Economics at Lewis and Clark College, discusses the debate surrounding the upcoming FCC auction of lower frequency spectrum.
Professor Shane Greenstein, Northwestern University, discusses a just-released report about data caps from the FCC’s Open Internet Advisory Committee. As a member of this committee and the sub-group, the Economic Impacts working group, Professor Greenstein has first-hand knowledge of the development of this report.
The jockeying for spectrum bandwidth continues. Technology news stories from the last few weeks reported on multiple wireless telecommunications companies pursuing mergers and acquisitions in efforts to acquire spectrum. A report from a Silicon Flatirons’ conference on spectrum policy provides an overview to the panelist and speaker discussions about the long-term technology trends that are driving spectrum policy.
Stanford scholar Gregory Rosston, an expert on competition in local telecommunications, auctions, and spectrum policy, released a paper earlier this year that examines the supply of wireless spectrum capacity. In addition, “Increasing Wireless Value: Technology, Spectrum, and Incentives” proposes ways for the government to promote spectrum efficiency.
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