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March 21, 2014

Earlier this year, the DC district court ruled on Verizon v FCC decision, a case involving the Federal Communications Commission’s (FCC) 2010 Open Internet Order. While the courts got rid of the blocking and nondiscrimination rules, they also affirmed the power that the Commission had carved out in making the order, and kicked the rule back to the agency for further consideration. As stakeholders and the public weighs in on new regulations, the FCC should ensure future proceedings are oriented towards fully exploring the economic implications of network neutrality.

December 11, 2014

Network neutrality is back in the public eye after the administration endorsed Title II reclassification to regulate the Internet as a utility. Network neutrality is the idea that Internet Service Providers should not slow down, speed up, or block data as it is routed from its content originator to end users.  Title II reclassification would be the most regressive approach that the Federal Communications Commission’s (FCC) could take to legally mandate network neutrality.  Reclassification’s costs to consumers, investment, and the rule of law far outweigh any purported benefit, especially since other options exist to ensure consumer welfare on the Internet.

December 14, 2017

Today, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) voted to roll back the “Net Neutrality” rules passed in 2015. In place of these Obama-era rules, the FCC has returned power to regulate Internet providers to the Federal Trade Commission (FTC). The network neutrality debate incorporates two separate yet related sets of questions. The first broad set of […]

January 14, 2014

A four year struggle over network neutrality came to a head today as the DC District Court of Appeals struck down two of the three major provisions of the Open Internet Order, making it the 15th major regulation struck down by courts during the Obama Administration. The ruling is a temporary win for consumers, but could easily be undone by the FCC’s reaffirmed power over the internet. The agency should accept the decision and table network neutrality to work on much more pressing issues like spectrum auctions, smoothing the transition to all IP networks, and cleaning up its own house.

April 7, 2014

Earlier this year, network neutrality moved from niche issue in cyberpolicy into mainstream news when the DC courts passed a landmark ruling in Verizon v. FCC.

May 12, 2017

The policy of network neutrality shouldn’t be driven by 20 minute comedy bits. Here are four things missing from the most recent segment.

July 17, 2014

New pushes in the network neutrality debate are threatening to place much of the Internet sector under a new burdensome regulatory regime that could hinder growth and insert regulatory uncertainty into countless companies, including small startups. The regime, known as Title II reclassification, would place broadband under telephone regulation in order to ban certain network practices. But the ensuing legal morass is not likely to achieve the intended goals. Meanwhile, the broader Internet sector could come under these proposed rules. Of all the proposals suggested, reclassification poses high costs with the little, if any, rewards.

March 24, 2015

The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) admits at least 90 percent of the businesses that will be burdened by the new utility-style network neutrality regulations will be small businesses.

June 21, 2016

The DC Circuit Court upheld the FCC's onerous reclassification of Internet service but admitted the policy is paradoxical, lacks economic and analytical rigor, and is likely to hurt innovation.

April 24, 2018

Eakinomics: The Upcoming Net Neutrality Show Trial Get ready for a show trial on network neutrality using the Congressional Review Act (CRA). Network neutrality, recall, is the benign-sounding Obama-era Federal Communications Commission (FCC) regulation that imposed 1930s-style monopoly telephone regulation onto the vibrant Internet ecosystem. In December, the FCC rolled back the network neutrality rule and returned regulation […]