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Networks and Infrastructure

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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How the FCC's Net Neutrality Plan Breaks With 50 Years of History

"…the Pai proposal isn’t merely tinkering with some of the rules imposed by the Obama administration but, rather, is eliminating the FCC oversight in place for decades. He is, in fact, coming close to eliminating the agency as a relevant institution." — Tim Wu, Professor of Law, Columbia University

Tim Wu
Source: Wired
December 6, 2017

What Will Happen if the FCC Abandons Net Neutrality?

"If the FCC bans paid prioritization, then consumers will eventually shoulder the cost of expanding network capacity, not Netflix. ISPs will pass down the cost to users since Netflix cannot pay for fast lanes." — Christopher Yoo, Professor of Law, University of Pennsylvania

Christopher Yoo
Source: Knowledge@Wharton
December 5, 2017

What Will Happen if the FCC Abandons Net Neutrality?

"Net neutrality touches some very sensitive nerves on both sides of the debate. … It goes fundamentally to the heart of what the internet is and what its role is in our society." — Kevin Werbach, Professor of Legal Studies and Business Ethics, Wharton School of Business

Kevin Werbach
Source: Knowledge@Wharton
December 5, 2017

The Economic Case that Net Neutrality Was Always Fundamentally Bad for the Internet

"...without net neutrality the costs associated with obtaining fast internet could make things difficult, and stunt the growth of the next internet unicorn. Startups are very, very important for the growth of the US economy." — Nicholas Economides, Professor of Economics, New York University

Nicholas Economides
Source: Quartz
November 29, 2017

Undoing Neutrality an Economic Blow

"This longstanding neutrality policy has been an incredible success by any measure. Under one or another version of the regime, the internet economy has created at least a million jobs and contributed greatly to the economic growth of the entire country, even when the rest of the economy was flat." — Tim Wu, Professor of Law, Columbia University

Tim Wu
Source: The Seattle Times
November 22, 2017

The FCC Has Always Defended Net Neutrality. Why Stop Now?

"Despite ISPs’ clearly stated threats and attempts to circumvent net neutrality protections, Pai wants to unilaterally disarm the FCC and move broadband providers from light-touch regulation to no regulation. That would be disaster for the Internet ecosystem. The U.S. has always had a free and open Internet precisely because of net neutrality protections." — Barbara van Schewick, Professor of Law, Stanford University

Barbara van Schewick
Source: Fortune
November 22, 2017

FCC’s Rollback of Net-Neutrality Rules Won’t Settle the Divisive Issue

"You can change your mind so long as you justify it and explain why the policy has changed." — Christopher Yoo, Professor of Law, University of Pennsylvania

Christopher Yoo
Source: Bloomberg
November 21, 2017

Net Neutrality Repeal: What Could Happen and How It Could Affect You

"An allowance of blocking is really pretty shocking." — Tim Wu, Professor of Law, Columbia University

Tim Wu
Source: The New York Times
November 21, 2017

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
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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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The FCC is About to Repeal Net Neutrality. Here’s Why Congress Should Stop Them

In 2017, the Federal Communications Commission announced plans to repeal net neutrality rules. Net neutrality rules are well established and popular.

By: Barbara van Schewick