The Internet and the Network Neutrality Debate

Brett M. Frischmann

in Infrastructure

Published in print March 2012 | ISBN: 9780199895656
Published online May 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780199933280 | DOI:
The Internet and the Network Neutrality Debate

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This chapter applies infrastructure theory to the particularly contentious “network neutrality” debate. At the heart of this debate is whether the Internet infrastructure will continue to be managed as a commons. Ultimately, the outcome of this debate may very well determine whether the Internet continues to operate as a mixed infrastructure that supports widespread user production of commercial, public, and social goods, or whether it evolves into a commercial infrastructure optimized for the production and delivery of commercial outputs. The chapter criticizes the current framing of the debate as well as the recent rule enacted by the Federal Communications Commission. It then proposes and defends a nondiscrimination rule that reflects the core commons management principle discussed throughout this book.

Keywords: infrastructure theory; Internet infrastructure; commons management; Federal Communications Commission; nondiscrimination rule

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Subjects: Environment and Energy Law

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