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Architecture and Public Policy
CIS explores how changes in the architecture of computer networks affect the economic environment for innovation and competition on the Internet, and how the law should react to those changes. This work has lead us to analyze the issue of network neutrality, perhaps the Internet's most debated policy issue, which concerns Internet user's ability to access the content and software of their choice without interference from network providers.
A few weeks ago, I published an op-ed opposing pending Net Neutrality legislation. The editorial appeared simultaneously on both href="http://www.news.com/Save-Internet-freedom-from-regulation/2010-1028_3-62...">CNet and href="http://news.zdnet.com/2010-9588_22-6222385.html">ZDNet.
Of course there are many in the technology community who disagree with me and who believe that legislation is needed to ensure the free-flow of content regardless of its nature, source, or use. I didn’t really expect to change any minds so much as cast a shadow of a doubt for those who have already made up their minds. Read more about (Over) Simplifying the Complex
This week, Microsoft dropped its appeal in the European version of the antitrust action against the company that has been proceeding for about ten years. The European Commissioner for Competition Policy Neelie Kroes notes that there are now "clear precedents" for enforcement of anti-competitive remedies levied against Redmond.
There are precedents all right. Very bad precedents, as we will see over the coming years as similar actions are brought (I predict) against other technology companies. Read more about Microsoft's EU Antitrust Case: A Clearly Bad Precedent