Revisiting Network Neutrality
By Daniel B. Garrie, Rebecca Wong, & Daniel Loewenherz
The paper discusses the topical subject of network neutrality, from a US and European legal perspective. The article will begin by first defining network neutrality before addressing the underpinning technology and will then compare the legal approaches adopted by Europe and the U.S. In Europe, there is an existing electronic communications regulatory framework which can be used to address the network neutrality problem which renders any further legislation unnecessary and perhaps detrimental to the current framework.
In the US, however, the main concern arising is a potential for a “fragmented” Internet, which leads us to conclude that network neutrality legislation is necessary on multiple levels. The article will conclude that the US stance on network neutrality legislation will cause a seismic shift in the way we view technology and the way that networks are accessed and utilised.
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