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Navigating Net Neutrality

By A.J. Brown and Denise Grab
May 14, 2014

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Filed under Reports, Safety and Consumer Protection

The Federal Communications Commission’ss ability to protect the open Internet has been limited, due to recent court decisions. This report examines the regulatory options and recommends to FCC a course forward that will best promote the benefits of widespread Internet access. With the broadband industry and the Internet changing so rapidly, if the FCC wants to remain involved in broadband regulation, it will have to be able to keep up with these changes. As a first step toward regulation, the FCC will need to examine the social goals it hopes to achieve: most likely a combination of network effects, democratized expression, innovation, and competition. In order to create a policy that the agency is able to effectively adapt over time, the focus cannot be solely on the substance of the Open Internet Order, but also needs to address how the agency plans to implement the policy.