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New Republican Bill Is Network Neutrality in Name Only

Author(s): 
Barbara van Schewick
Morgan Weiland
Publication Date: 
January 20, 2015
Publication Type: 
Academic Writing

After a year of debates and a month before the Federal Communication Commission’s (FCC’s) rulemaking on network neutrality, the GOP has finally joined the party. Through a draft bill released late last week, congressional 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 FCC calling for real network neutrality rules over the past year, and polls show that both Republicans and Democrats overwhelmingly support a ban on fast lanes. Read more » about New Republican Bill Is Network Neutrality in Name Only

Network Neutrality and Quality of Service: What a Nondiscrimination Rule Should Look Like

Author(s): 
Barbara van Schewick
Publication Date: 
January 16, 2015
Publication Type: 
Academic Writing

Over the past ten years, the debate over “network neutrality” has remained one of the central debates in Internet policy. Governments all over the world have been investigating whether legislative or regulatory action is needed to limit the ability of providers of Internet access service to interfere with the applications, content, and services on their networks. Read more » about Network Neutrality and Quality of Service: What a Nondiscrimination Rule Should Look Like

Comments on Mozilla's Proposal

Author(s): 
Barbara van Schewick
Publication Date: 
October 30, 2014
Publication Type: 
White Paper / Report

Mozilla has suggested that the FCC should classify a newly defined service, which it calls “remote edge provider delivery service,” as a telecommunications service. This service, as defined by Mozilla, is offered by broadband Internet access providers to providers of Internet applications, content or services (“edge providers”) and encompasses the transport of an individual edge provider’s data across the ISP’s access network to and from all of an ISP’s subscribers. According to Mozilla, this classification would allow the FCC to adopt rules banning blocking, discrimination, and access fees under Title II of the Communications Act. Read more » about Comments on Mozilla's Proposal

Does the FCC really not get it about the Internet?

Author(s): 
Brett Frischmann
Publication Date: 
October 31, 2014
Publication Type: 
Other Writing

The key to an open Internet is nondiscrimination and in particular, a prohibition on discrimination or prioritization based on the identity of the user (sender/receiver) or use (application/content). I explain why at length in my book, Infrastructure: The Social Value of Shared Resources (2012). Read more » about Does the FCC really not get it about the Internet?

Lohan, Noriega video game lawsuits are a troubling sign for the arts

Publication Date: 
October 30, 2014
Publication Type: 
Other Writing

Former Panamanian strongman Manuel Noriega and actress Lindsay Lohan have at least one thing in common: Both recently filed high-profile lawsuits against video game makers, charging that their likenesses were used in games without their permission.

These suits may seem like acts of desperation by people now more notorious than famous, and a judge has already ruled against Noriega. But they are nevertheless extremely worrying. Read more » about Lohan, Noriega video game lawsuits are a troubling sign for the arts

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