Category Archives: Net Neutrality News

The net neutrality farce: From the start, the concept has been based on a flawed foundation


by Thomas Hazlett, New York Daily News, Tuesday, November 21, 2017

For the sixth time in the last decade, U.S. rules on “network neutrality” are set to flip. The controversial policy — first imposed by the Federal Communications Commission under Bush 43, then struck down by federal courts, then re-imposed under President Obama, then overturned again, then imposed yet again — is now slated for demolition by Ajit Pai, the FCC head appointed by President Trump.

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Is Net Neutrality Necessary to Keep the Internet Free?


Thomas Hazlett of Clemson University debates Ryan Cough of Public Knowledge on whether broadband networks should be regulated by common carrier rules. Federal policy makers have been going back and forth on the issue for over a decade. Who’s right? You be the judge.

Thank Goodness Apple’s iPhone Violated ‘Net Neutrality’ in 2007

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By Thomas Hazlett
June 29, 2017

Ten years ago this week the Apple iPhone, described by Steve Jobs as a “revolutionary product” that “changes everything,” went on sale for the first time. A million flew off the shelves in just ten weeks and a decade later—with more than a billion sold worldwide—the iPhone has transformed the way we live, work and do business.

But even as the fanboys and girls were camping out to be at the front of the line, harsh critics queued. Columbia law professor Tim Wu denounced the iPhone as “anticompetitive.” Nested exclusively with AT&T and lurking in a “walled garden,” the iPhone rollout violated “network neutrality,” a term coined by Mr. Wu to describe his preferred platform for fixed and wireless communications.

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