Let's Get Real — We Aren't Talking About Net Neutrality

December 12, 2014
| Blogs & Op-eds

There are many problems with the public conversation surrounding the Federal Communications Commission's (FCC) net neutrality rule-making: The public discourse struggles to rise above simple catch-phrases, popular antipathy against broadband providers clouds good decision-making and the increasing politicization of tech issues drives policy-by-ideology over rigorous analysis of available trade-offs. But one problem stands out among the rest — we aren't actually arguing about net neutrality. Instead of fiddling with a variety of jurisdictional hooks, none of which are quite right for the job, the FCC should take a step back and allow this problem to be solved the right way — through legislation.

Half the Battle over Net Neutrality Is Defining What It Means

November 24, 2014
Robert Atkinson discussed the potential implications of new net neutrality rules on NPR’s All things Considered.

Robert Atkinson discussed the potential implications of new net neutrality rules on NPR’s All things Considered.

Broadband Industry Groups Warn Title II May be Unreasonable, Unfeasible

Title II represents a strong shift towards a European-style precautionary regulation without legitimate justification, says Doug Brake.

On Net Neutrality, FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler Had It Right the First Time

November 19, 2014
| Blogs & Op-eds

Even by the measure of the typical circus that is the net neutrality debate, the past few weeks have been busy. Federal Communications Commission Chairman Tom Wheeler offered a widely-panned “trial balloon” on a hybrid approach, attempting to combine both available jurisdictional hooks to hang his net neutrality rules. But, he was quickly upstaged by President Obama’s statement announcing his support for “the strongest possible rules” protecting the open Internet by using Title II. Somehow we have lost sight of a simple fact: Wheeler’s net neutrality approach was right the first time.

A Super-Wrong Way To Understand Net Neutrality

November 18, 2014
| Blogs & Op-eds

Net neutrality is a complicated issue, but is it too much to expect journalists to get it at least mostly right when they write about it? Apparently so. Case in point is Neil Irwin's New York Times article “A Super-Simple Way to Understand the Net Neutrality Debate.” Simple, and simply wrong.

ITIF Debate: What is the Appropriate Legal Framework for Net Neutrality? Section 706 vs Title II

November 13, 2014 - 2:45pm - 3:45pm
2168 Rayburn House Office Building
45 Independence Ave SW

With net neutrality rules from the Federal Communications Commission expected soon, ITIF gathers two teams of experts to argue the merits of proposed legal approaches. Advocating for classification of broadband providers as a Title II common carrier will be Michael Weinberg of Public Knowledge and Evan Engstrom of Engine Advocacy. Read more »

Net Neutrality Debate: Internet Access and Costs Are Top Issues

New York Times
Many are over estimating the market for prioritization and its actual impact on the broadband ecosystem, says Robert Atkinson.

The Ongoing Debate Over Net Neutrality

November 12, 2014
Rob Atkinson discussed the the ongoing debate over net neutrality.

President Barack Obama has called for the Internet to be regulated as a public utility. But many have argued this will inhibit broadband innovation. Rob Atkinson participated in a discussion on the Diane Rehm Show that took a look at the debate over fast lane pricing and its possible effect on consumers, technological development and U.S. global competitiveness.

ITIF Disappointed by President Obama's Title II Endorsement

ITIF responds to President Obama's statement on net neutrality.

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