Net Neutrality

For over ten years, “net neutrality” in one form or another has been a controversial topic for those who follow telecommunications law, digital policy making, and, increasingly, Internet users of all stripes. Unfortunately, however, the rugged contours of this topic are all too frequently sanded down in-order to make net neutrality fit into a preferred set of political and policy priors.

ICLE’s scholars regularly contribute to debates over net neutrality, exposing the complexity and subtlety of the topic—and seeking to advance a more rational understanding of its meaning and interpretation. Simplistic prohibitions enacted under slogans like “no Internet fastlanes” elide the tradeoffs inherent in any policy prescription. To close the digital divide, promote the rollout of next generation connectivity, and generally enable consumers to receive the quality of service they desire at a reasonable price, it is essential that policy makers consider the full scope of costs and benefits associated with any net neutrality policy.

Podcast: Free Lunch Podcast Episode 33 – Net Neutrality and Federalism

Despite the Federal Communication Commission’s decision in December 2017 to eliminate the common carrier regulations for Internet services — the so-called net neutrality rules the FCC created in 2015 — the net neutrality debate rages on. Gus Hurwitz, Brent Skorup, and Geoffrey Manne discuss this new front in regulation, federalism, and grassroots activism.

Net Neutrality Paranoia

The paranoid style is endemic across the political spectrum, for sure, but lately in the policy realm haunted by the shambling zombie known as “net neutrality,” the pro-Title II set are taking the rhetoric up a notch. This time the problem is, apparently, that the FCC is not repealing Title II classification fast enough, which surely must mean … nefarious things?