Tim Wu: Why the U.S. Courts Will Have to Save Net Neutrality

Posted in: Government & Policy at 23/11/2017 20:26

Back in 2005, a small phone company based in North Carolina named Madison River began preventing its subscribers from making phone calls using the internet application Vonage. As Vonage was a competitor in the phone call market, Madison River’s action was obviously anticompetitive. Consumers complained, and the Federal Communications Commission, under Michael Powell, its Republican-appointed chairman, promptly fined the company and forced it to stop blocking Vonage.

That was the moment when “net neutrality” rules went from a mere academic proposal to a part of the United States legal order. On that foundation — an open internet, with no blocking — much of our current internet ecosystem was built.
https://www.nytimes.com/2017/11/22/opinion/courts-net-neutrality-fcc.html

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