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.
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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.
Why Comcast’s interference with BitTorrent violates the FCC Internet Policy Statement Read more about Petition for Declaratory Ruling (with Free Press, Public Knowledge, Media Access Project, Consumer Federation of America, Information Society Project at Yale Law School and Charles Nesson
Network neutrality has received a great deal of attention recently, not just from legal academics and telecommunications experts, but from our elected representatives, the relevant agencies and the press. Our representatives have held multiple hearings on network neutrality and are actively considering whether to include a provision aimed at preserving network neutrality in pending telecommunications reform legislation. The Federal Communications Commission and the Federal Trade Commission are also considering the issue. Read more about Network Neutrality and the Economics of an Information Superhighway: A Reply to Professor Yoo