January 16, 2014
Listen to the full interview here: http://www.cbc.ca/spark/full-interviews/2014/01/16/bonus-barbara-van-she...
Could your ISP intentionally slow down Netflix or throttle your Skype calls in order to make their own services more appealing?
This past week, a US appeals court struck down the FCC's ability to enforce net neutrality rules. The legal details are complicated, but basically, back in 2002, the FCC decided that it wasn't going to consider internet service providers as telecommunications carriers, but as Information Services. The court found that by doing that, ISPs were no longer considered entities subject to regulation on net neutrality.
To find out what this means outside of the US, and how it could impact Canadians' access to the next big thing, Spark called up Stanford law professor Barbara van Shewick.