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Week of 6.2.06

Two Views on Net Rules

Susan Crawford is an Associate Professor of Law at Cardozo Law School, teaching cyberlaw and telecommunications law.

Christopher S. Yoo is a Professor of Law at Vanderbilt University Law School and Director of the Technology & Entertainment Law Program.




Question 1: What does 'net neutrality' actually mean? Is it a meaningful protection for the Web, or, as some say, a romanticized ideal that's getting in the way of progress?

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Crawford

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Yoo
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Question 2: The cable and telephone companies argue that they need additional revenue to build 'the Internet of the future' and so the Googles and Amazons of the world (who will benefit from that new Internet) need to pay their fair share. Is that a legitimate argument?

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Crawford

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Question 3: Net-neutrality's supporters are concerned that if you give the cable and telephone companies latitude to control who travels through their pipes (and at what speed), it puts those gatekeepers in a position to favor their own products and services over their competitors'. The fear is that innovation will suffer. Is that a concern you share?

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Question 4: Why do you think this issue has taken off with such fervor in recent months?

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Question 5: Could you sketch out what groundrules you'd like to see govern the internet of the future?

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