Net Neutrality

F.C.C. Net Neutrality Rule, Struck Down by Court, May Need Major Overhaul

Note: Readers will find STLR’s earlier blog posts on “The Law and Politics of Net Neutrality,” and the discussion of net neutrality on Columbia Law Professor Tim Wu’s personal website to be extremely helpful. On January 14th, the D.C. Circuit enjoined the F.C.C. from enforcing “net neutrality” rules on Internet Service Providers (ISPs). Unless it [...]

STLR Link Roundup – September 26, 2011

The FCC has filed its finalized net neutrality rules, set to take effect on November 20. The rules will almost certainly face legal challenges from Verizon and MetroPCS over the extent of the FCC’s jurisdiction. David Ignatius writes on legal uncertainty and difficult questions facing the future “rules of war” for drone strikes. The debate [...]

The Law and Politics of Net Neutrality: Part 2

In the previous post, I wrote about the recent history of net neutrality, the Open Internet Rules in the works, and the ensuing backroom dealings and legislative battles.  But now that the mid-term elections are over, has the future of net neutrality rules changed, and is net neutrality dead? Republicans made gains in the Senate [...]

The Law and Politics of Net Neutrality: Part 1

The current political climate portends significant political changes following today’s midterm elections.  The balance of power will likely shift back toward the right, greatly reducing the governing mandate of the Democratic Party.  The current administration’s ability to push policies through will be tempered by a shift of power in Congress, possibly preventing the Obama administration [...]

A Legal Setback for Net Neutrality Advocates

On Tuesday April 6th, a three-judge panel from the federal appeals bench ruled that the Federal Communications Commission has no authority to place “net neutrality” requirements on Internet Service Providers (ISPs). The unanimous ruling overturned the FCC’s August 2008 order for Comcast to cease slowing BitTorrent transfers. Comcast later voluntarily changed its own policy and [...]

Is the iPad’s Exclusion of Flash Unlawful?

Last month, Steve Jobs introduced the iPad to an eager crowd of Apple faithful, promising it would be magical and revolutionary.   Minutes into the presentation, Jobs browsed to a New York Times article only to find that in place of a large central image was a blank space with a small blue cube.   Some audience [...]

Net neutrality and the FCC: what’s being done to preserve it

Intro The issue of net neutrality (i.e. internet or network neutrality) is essentially a battle over how much control internet providers should have in deciding whether to give preferences to different sites and online applications. The battle lines are drawn over whether ISPs should have the right to exact direct control over the content and [...]