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36 Leading Scholars to Federal Officials: Only the FCC Can Protect the Open Internet

Today, 36 leading scholars published a letter stating that the only way to protect network neutrality is for the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to adopt Open Internet rules under Title II of the Communications Act. The letter represents an unprecedented display of support for a bright-line ban on fees for any kind of preferential treatment (“paid prioritization”) by the nation's leading academics.  Read more » about 36 Leading Scholars to Federal Officials: Only the FCC Can Protect the Open Internet

Seven Reasons the New GOP Bill Will Not Give Us Net Neutrality

After a year of debates on network neutrality, the GOP has finally joined the party. Through a draft bill released this month and congressional hearings last week, Republicans have taken a step in the direction of supporting network neutrality. That’s a good thing, and moves them closer to the existing consensus. Roughly four million Americans submitted comments to the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) calling for real network neutrality last year, and polls show that both Republicans and Democrats overwhelmingly support a ban on fast lanes. Read more » about Seven Reasons the New GOP Bill Will Not Give Us Net Neutrality

Intermediary Liability Updates from Turkey: Forcing Online Intermediaries to Create a Website Blocking-Friendly Infrastructure

Turkish governmental control of web traffic is on the rise. Recently, the Information Technology and Communications Authority (the "ITC Authority") updated the Authorization Regulation in the Electronic Communications Sector (“Authorization Regulation”) and the Administrative Sanctions Regulation. This is an administrative implementation of previously enacted legislation, which however introduces new obligations on telecommunications operators. Read more » about Intermediary Liability Updates from Turkey: Forcing Online Intermediaries to Create a Website Blocking-Friendly Infrastructure

Italian Court Decides an Important Case on Liability of Video-sharing Platforms

A few days ago, an important Italian judicial precedent on hosting providers’ liability has been overturned by the Milan Court of Appeal. The appellate court rejected any general monitoring obligations to be imposed on videosharing hosting providers for copyright infringement. Read more » about Italian Court Decides an Important Case on Liability of Video-sharing Platforms

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