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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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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

The Patent, Used as a Sword

James Bessen
Source: The New York Times
October 7, 2012

What If You Used Other People to Connect Instead of Verizon or AT&T?

Jonathan Zittrain
Source: America Public Media’s Marketplace
July 5, 2012

Privacy, Please: This Is Only for the Two of Us

Andrea Matwyshyn
Source: The New York Times
June 2, 2012
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TAP Blog

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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Wireless and Mobile Communications

Wireless or “mobile” devices send information one-to-one (like mobile phones), one-to-many (like AM or FM radio), or many-to-many (like Wi-Fi Internet access). Wireless devices send and receive signals along the electromagnetic spectrum in the form of waves similar to visible light or sound.

Featured Article

Reclaiming Spectrum from Incumbents in Inefficiently Allocated Bands: Transaction Costs, Competition, and Flexibility

Some electromagnetic spectrum is used inefficiently. In reclaiming this spectrum for allocation to more efficient uses and users, the FCC may choose between a simple overlay auction and a more complex two-sided auction.

By: Gregory L. Rosston, Andrzej (Andy) Skrzypacz