What Matters in Net Neutrality by Jonathan Zittrain

Posted in: Governance at 11/08/2010 17:51

It's hard to know what to make of the Google/Verizon deal since until earlier today both companies have denied that there is one. And it's hard to argue about net neutrality because it means so many different things to different people. I've got lots of reading to do to catch up on the newly released set of principles from the companies, but in the meantime here are a few thoughts on the topic.

The core question is this: when Internet Service Providers turn out to have captive audiences of subscribers -- either because their customers have few if any alternatives for broadband, or because switching is complicated and cumbersome, or because ISP practices are obscure and thus hard for customers to adapt to -- how far should they be allowed to leverage that captivity?

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