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  • FCC approves ‘Net Neutrality’ rules

    January 3, 2011 – The Queens Courier

    The United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit ruled in April that the FCC did not have legal authority to stop Comcast, the nation’s largest cable provider, from blocking its customers’ access to a file-sharing service called BitTorrent. The decision limited the FCC’s power over web traffic under the current law and gave the ability for Internet service companies to block or slow specific sites. For example, they could decide to charge video sites like YouTube to deliver their content faster to users. “That’s the worst case scenario,” said Scott Holladay, an economics fellow at the Institute for Policy Integrity at New York University. “The likelihood of that happening is very small.”

  • What’s Next for the FCC and Net Neutrality?

    December 27, 2010 – PC World

    Look for a court case to drag out for months and possibly end up before the U.S. Supreme Court, said Michael Livermore , executive director at the Institute for Policy Integrity at New York University School of Law. “This decision is on shaky legal ground so it is completely possible it would not be upheld,” he said. “But this is going to be the deal for at least 18 months to a couple years — a court challenge would take a while. As a result, for broadband, this compromise could just end up kicking the can down the road since there’s a good chance it gets overturned and we’ll have the larger net neutrality fight again in two years.”

  • Net Neutrality Opponents In Congress (Including Those Funded By AT&T) Promise Repeal Fight

    December 22, 2010 – Crunch Gear

    To his credit, DeMint may have a point buried underneath all that silly rhetoric, and it has to down with how the FCC enacted Net Neutrality in the first place. The New York University School of Law’s Institute for Policy Integrity bemoaned [PDF] the fact that the FCC passed Net Neutrality not by “[invoking] it more robust regulating powers,” but that it “based the new rule on legal authority that was called into serious doubt by court decision earlier this year making the long term prospects for the rule quite poor.”

  • Michael Livermore Talks Net Neutrality

    December 21, 2010 – KGO 810 AM San Francisco’s Noon News

    Michael Livermore talks to the hosts of KGO’s Noon News about the FCC’s decision on net neutrality

  • FCC Vote: Reactions Are Pouring In

    December 21, 2010 – All Things Digital

    It’s now official. At 1:05 pm Eastern Time today the Federal Communications Commission voted 3-2 to enact a controversial set of proposed rules on network neutrality, effectively getting the government into the business of regulating the Internet in ways it hasn’t done before. Congressional Republicans are already planning on holding hearings next year.

  • Net Neutrality Passes And *Nobody* Is Happy With It!

    December 21, 2010 – CrunchGear

    The New York University School of Law’s Institute for Policy Integrity [PDF]has also expressed disappointment, calling the new rules “tepid,” and has focused on one specific aspect of the decision: managed services. What in the nine hecks are “managed services”?

  • Why everyone hates new net neutrality rules—even NN supporters

    December 21, 2010 – Ars Technica

    The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) said that “the FCC has failed to protect free speech and Internet openness for all users,” by not applying the same rules to wireless. At the New York University School of Law, the Institute for Policy Integrity called it “a batch of tepid new rules.”

  • Debate on Internet freedom looming

    December 9, 2010 – The Queens Courier

    The United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit ruled in April that the FCC did not have legal authority to stop Comcast, the nation’s largest cable provider, from blocking its customers’ access to a file-sharing service called BitTorrent. The decision limited the FCC’s power over web traffic under the current law and gave the ability for Internet service companies to block or slow specific sites. For example, they could decide to charge video sites like YouTube to deliver their content faster to users. “That’s the worst case scenario,” said Scott Holladay, an economics fellow at the Institute for Policy Integrity at New York University. “The likelihood of that happening is very small.”

  • New study says protecting net neutrality good for the economy

    September 22, 2010 – The Hill’s Hillicon Valley Blog

    The Federal Communications Commission’s proposed rules for net neutrality would do more to insure economic stability than the proposal from Google and Verizon, according to a new report from New York University think-tank.

  • Building a better net?

    September 22, 2010 – Politico

    As economists who study network neutrality, we have watched the debate over the future of the Internet closely. The new policy proposal from Google and Verizon opens the possibility that some Websites will be treated better than others. This might not be such good news for Internet users.