The Public Isn’t Neutral On Net Neutrality

President Obama’s proposal to classify broadband Internet service as a Title II utility cheered advocates of net neutrality, but FCC Chairmam Tom Wheeler has his own ideas for how to handle the issue, which don’t quite square with the president’s: The dissonance between Obama and Wheeler has the makings of a major policy fight affecting multibillion-dollar industries. The … Continue reading The Public Isn’t Neutral On Net Neutrality

Obama Revives The Net Neutrality Fight

Yesterday, the president threw his full support behind the principle of net neutrality, urging the FCC to reclassify broadband Internet services as a public utility: Obama’s argument explicitly rejects proposed rules that FCC considered earlier this year to allow paid prioritization, a plan by which content providers can make deals with ISPs to get faster service to … Continue reading Obama Revives The Net Neutrality Fight

Reigniting The Net Neutrality Debate

Timothy B. Lee explains the net neutrality proposal, announced yesterday, that the FCC is asking for public comment on: When Chairman [Tom] Wheeler leaked a first draft of his network neutrality proposal to the press, it didn’t get a positive reception from network neutrality supporters. Wheeler’s rule would have allowed internet service providers to create “fast lanes” on the … Continue reading Reigniting The Net Neutrality Debate

Why Net Neutrality Matters

Alexis Madrigal and Adrienne Lafrance explain why advocates of net neutrality approach the issue with such great passion: This idea of net neutrality—this cherished idea, even, among Internet entrepreneurs and activists—has a long history, roughly as long as the commercial world wide web. It is, Harvard law professor Lawrence Lessig has argued, what makes the Internet special. He used to … Continue reading Why Net Neutrality Matters

Has The FCC Given Up On Net Neutrality?

Derek Mead outlines the FCC’s new proposed Internet regulations: While the exact framework has yet to be announced, it’s expected that ISPs will be able to charge content providers extra for higher speeds. It would likely be voluntary, which is a key legal distinction; if Netflix doesn’t want to pay Comcast for bandwidth, it won’t have to. And … Continue reading Has The FCC Given Up On Net Neutrality?

Net Neutrality 2.0

Federal Communications Commission chair Tom Wheeler announced yesterday that the commission would propose a new regulatory framework to preserve the open Internet after a January court ruling invalidated its net neutrality rules. Fran Berkman outlines Wheeler’s ideas: Aside for the non-discrimination rules, Wheeler said he will also push for a couple of other new rules to … Continue reading Net Neutrality 2.0

A Death Blow To Net Neutrality, Ctd

Readers push back on Matthew C. Klein’s claim that net neutrality amounts to “one-size pricing” and “an effective subsidy” for high-bandwidth users: I have worked for a web-hosting company for over a decade, and customers are absolutely charged for how much bandwidth they use. I’m certain that The Dish pays for how much bandwidth it uses. Klein can’t … Continue reading A Death Blow To Net Neutrality, Ctd

A Death Blow To Net Neutrality? Ctd

John Blevins argues that the FCC ruling hasn’t killed the open net: The FCC’s open Internet rules quite sensibly prevented Internet access providers from engaging in blocking and other unreasonable discrimination. The D.C. Circuit, however, struck down these rules, which has led to criticisms that network neutrality is dead. Fortunately, it’s not.  The court vacated only these particular rules, not … Continue reading A Death Blow To Net Neutrality? Ctd

A Death Blow To Net Neutrality?

Andrew Leonard outlines the effects of a Tuesday court ruling that invalidated the FCC’s net neutrality rules: In a decision widely seen as a victory for the big telecommunication companies and a defeat for defenders of the “open” Internet, the D.C. Court of Appeals struck down the FCC’s “net neutrality” rules on Tuesday. The decision in Verizon v. FCC effectively gives … Continue reading A Death Blow To Net Neutrality?

A Public Option For Internet Access

This week the White House announced a new effort to spur municipal broadband development. Amy Schatz puts the move in context: Internet providers have mostly fought such locally owned systems, particularly ones that would be built in areas where local phone and cable companies offer services. Thanks in part to lobbying by Internet providers, there are laws in … Continue reading A Public Option For Internet Access