The Center for Internet and Society at Stanford Law School is a leader in the study of the law and policy around the Internet and other emerging technologies.
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.
Read more about Consumer Advocates Angry that New Privacy Law Erodes Oversight of Telecom MonopoliesIn conversations with numerous consumer advocates and experts in recent weeks, I’ve noticed a weird tension going on both inside and between many consumer groups because of this. Many groups don’t want anything to undermine the nation’s first chance at a real privacy law, so they’re either reticent to mention it at all, or don’t want their employees making too much noise about it.
House and Senate Democrats introduced a bill last week that aims to bring back net neutrality. The rules were originally put in place by the Barack Obama administration in 2015 to prohibit internet providers from selectively favoring, blocking or slowing content on the internet.The Donald Trump administration rolled back those rules, arguing that the Federal Communications Commission didn’t have the power to enforce them.
“Today’s ruling by the Ninth Circuit is a big win for Californians and a free and open internet,” Stanford Center for Internet and Society Director Barbara van Schewick said in a statement. “It means California can continue to enforce its net neutrality law and protect Californians against unfair practices by the companies they pay to get online.” Read more about Appeals court upholds California’s right to enforce its net neutrality law while the FCC remains at a standstill
The industry used similar arguments in its attempts to prevent states like California from passing net neutrality rules. But so far, the courts haven’t looked kindly on the industry’s arguments.