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ERIC Number: EJ745831
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2006
Pages: 2
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: N/A
ISSN: ISSN-1527-6619
The Net Neutrality Debate: The Basics
Greenfield, Rich
EDUCAUSE Review, v41 n3 p82-83 May-Jun 2006
Rich Greenfield examines the basics of today's net neutrality debate that is likely to be an ongoing issue for society. Greenfield states the problems inherent in the definition of "net neutrality" used by Common Cause: "Network neutrality is the principle that Internet users should be able to access any web content they choose and use any applications they choose, without restrictions or limitations imposed by their Internet service provider." Such problems include what constitutes an "Internet user" and how to interpret "restrictions and limitations." Greenfield seeks to unravel these and other issues by stating who the players are (Openists/Regulators versus Deregulators), what vocabulary is being used, the origins of the debate, the effects of deregulation, the dilemma and arguments between the duopolists and oligarchists and the openists. Greenfield describes the various solutions preferred by the Telecommunications companies (focusing on who can pay and how much, tiering their services to saturate the market at the highest prices it will bear), and the Deregulators, who believe in self-policing and that the free market approach will solve abuses through anti-trust litigation. Greenfield states that, though the present administration and its FCC may not support strong legislation on net neutrality, monopolies fall, and as such, flawed telecommunications policies may lead to short-term damage to the ability to innovate, but overall, the urge to innovate should prevail. (Contains 3 endnotes.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Laws, Policies, & Programs: Telecommunications Act 1996