On Tuesday morning, the DC Circuit Court sided with Verizon in the highly contentious net neutrality case. In a rapid-response Google Hangout, visiting fellows from AEI's Center for Internet, Communications, and Technology Policy (CICT) discussed the implications for the Internet ecosystem going forward.
Participants welcomed the decision as good news, noting that the Internet has always been "open" and that the Federal Communication Commission's (FCC's) net neutrality rules were unnecessary and invasive. However, they expressed concerns that Tuesday's ruling may prompt the FCC to reclassify Internet service providers under Title II of the Communications Act to impose common-carrier regulations — an outcome that would be detrimental for innovation and the well-being of the Internet ecosystem.
Panelists agreed that policymakers ought to take this opportunity to reevaluate telecommunications regulations as a whole. Jeffrey Eisenach concluded the discussion by predicting that doomsday scenarios laid out by net neutrality proponents will not come to fruition.
Today, the DC Circuit Court sided with Verizon in the highly contentious net-neutrality case. Join AEI’s Center for Internet, Communications, and Technology Policy for a Google Hangout discussion in which panelists will discuss the importance of this ruling, what it means for the Internet, and what is likely to happen next.
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Richard Bennett, AEI
Babette Boliek, Pepperdine University
Roslyn Layton, Aalborg University
Bret Swanson, Entropy Economics LLC
Jeffrey Eisenach, AEI
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