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Although “the Internet” seems ethereal, it is in fact a network of networks that connects billions of users around the world. The capabilities of the Internet are dependent on the reach of those networks. Many governments worldwide are considering how to effectively and efficiently make robust networks available to their citizens to enable them to access the Internet.

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During the May 9 State of the Mobile Net panel, “Mobile Location: The Policies of Where,” expert panelists discussed the potential advantages and pitfalls of mobile phone location services as related to privacy issues and how these issues are affecting consumers and Congressional decisions.
In his article for The New Yorker, Columbia University law professor Tim Wu discusses the current state of the net neutrality rules. In “The Coming War Over Net Neutrality,” Professor Wu states that the net neutrality rules are “a pricing truce for the Internet.”
“The Economics of Network Neutrality,” by Nicholas Economides and Benjamin Hermalin, discusses the private and social benefits of allowing Internet Service Providers (ISPs), such as the telephone or cable companies, to charge content and application providers (e.g. Disney, Google, Microsoft, Netflix) for access to the ISPs’ residential customers.
During last week’s 9th Annual State of the Net Conference, one of the panels tackled the question, should Congress rewrite the Telecom Act? TAP Scholar Christopher Yoo, University of Pennsylvania Law School, was among the panelists.
In September, Silicon Flatirons held a conference to look at The Changing Dynamics of Video Programming. This conference summary, provided by Laura Littman and Stephanie Minnock, details the participants’ exploration of the changing economics, programming, and technology related to this dynamic market.
The FCC is set to consider two apparently forthcoming Notices of Proposed Rulemaking that will shape the mobile broadband sector for years to come. It’s not hyperbole to say that the FCC’s approach to the two issues at hand — the design of spectrum auctions and the definition of the FCC’s spectrum screen — can make or break wireless broadband in this country.
Barbara van Schewick’s book, “Internet Architecture and Innovation,” recently released in paperback, has come to be recognized as an essential work on the policy of network neutrality. Given the net neutrality issues in the news lately, the information in this book is as relevant now as when it was originally published two years ago.
Jonathan Zittrain says our phones are basically two-way radios in his discussion with John Moe about mesh networks. In the America Public Media’s Marketplace story, Professor Zittrain of Harvard University suggests “we could use those radios to talk to one another.”
Recognizing that consumer information is the currency of the web, both sides of Congress have recently held hearings to work toward an understanding of how to balance the needs of businesses for user data and the needs of consumers to have some control over their personal online information. TAP scholars James Grimmelmann, New York Law School, and Professor Peter Swire, Ohio State University’s Moritz College of Law, were witnesses.
In this post, Professor Barbara van Schewick discusses the relationship between network neutrality, non-discrimination rules and Quality of Service from her recently published paper, “Network Neutrality and Quality of Service: What a Non-Discrimination Rule Should Look Like.”
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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.


Appeals Court Ruling for Qualcomm “A Victory of Theory Over Facts”

“I would describe it as a victory of theory over facts.” — Tim Wu, Professor of Law, Columbia University
Tim Wu
Ars Technica
August 14, 2020

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Network Neutrality, Broadband Discrimination

This paper looks at ideas to support open access to the Internet, including net neutrality rules.

By: Tim Wu