The Net Neutrality Conundrum: Does the Internet Need Regulation?

Date: February 22, 2011
Pages: 59
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Publisher: Information Trends
Report type: Strategic Report
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The Net Neutrality Conundrum: Does the Internet Need Regulation?
This report titled, “The Net Neutrality Conundrum: Does the Internet need Regulation,” examines the debate raging in the United States on the neutrality of the Internet. It discusses the significance of net neutrality, and the case for and against net neutrality. It examines forces that are trying to undo net neutrality in favor of a closed Internet. The report provides an analysis of net neutrality within the context of developments impacting telecommunications and IT markets.
1.0 EXECUTIVE SUMMARY

2.0 NET NEUTRALITY

2.1 What is Net Neutrality?
2.2 Background to Net Neutrality
2.3 2005 FCC Policy Statement on Internet
2.4 March 2008 Auction

3.0 CONGRESSIONAL MANDATES ON NET NEUTRALITY

3.1 Section 706 of Communications Act
3.2 Section 230 of Communications Act

4.0 COMCAST CONTROVERSY

4.1 P2P Networking
4.2 Interference with File-Sharing Networks
4.3 Comcast’s Position
4.4 FCC Memorandum Opinion and Order on Comcast’s Practice
4.5 Comcast’s Petitions for Review
4.6 Court of Appeals’ Verdict
  4.6.1 FCC’s Argument
  4.6.2 Comcast’s Argument
  4.6.3 Court’s Judgment
  4.6.4 Court of Appeals Composition
4.7 FCC’s Authority over Broadband Classification
  4.7.1 Classification of Cable Modem Service
  4.7.2 Alternatives Proposed
  4.7.3 Abandonment of Effort

5.0 GOOGLE-VERIZON INITIATIVES

5.1 Statement on Net Neutrality
5.2 Joint Filing to the FCC
5.3 New York Times Report
5.4 FCC Meetings with Internet Stakeholders
5.5 Google-Verizon Legislative Framework Proposal
5.6 Reaction to Google-Verizon Net Neutrality Proposal
  5.6.1 Engadget
  5.6.2 Electronic Frontier Foundation

6.0 FCC’S OPEN INTERNET RULES

6.1 December 2010 Report and Order
6.2 FCC’s Regulatory Authority
6.3 Commissioners’ Positions

7.0 LAWSUITS AGAINST ORDER

7.1 Verizon’s Lawsuit
  7.1.1 Verizon’s Contentions
  7.1.2 Verizon’s Strategy
7.2 MetroPCS Lawsuit
  7.2.1 Reason for Filing the Lawsuit
  7.2.2 Lawsuit and MetroPCS Pricing Plans
7.3 FCC Motion against Lawsuits
7.4 Possible Legal Scenarios
7.5 Significance of Federal Register

8.0 REACTION TO REPORT AND ORDER

8.1 Industry Groups and Representatives
  8.1.1 Free Press
  8.1.2 Public Knowledge
  8.1.3 Heritage Foundation
  8.1.4 AT&T
8.2 Republican Party’s Strategy
  8.2.1 Congressional Bills
  8.2.2 Congressional Review Act
  8.2.3 Appropriations Measures
8.3 Democratic Approaches
  8.3.1 Senate Bill
  8.3.2 Leveraging Universal Service Fund

9.0 IMPACT ANALYSIS

9.1 Wireless Networks
  9.1.1 Network Speeds
  9.1.2 Spectrum Shortage
  9.1.3 Cell Site Size Dimensions
9.2 Cloud Computing
  9.2.1 Move to Cloud Computing
  9.2.2 Cloud Computing Adoption
9.3 Market Competition
  9.3.1 Industry Concentration
  9.3.2 Landline Broadband
  9.3.3 Wireless Broadband
9.4 National Broadband Plan
  9.4.1 What is Broadband?
  9.4.2 Broadband Users
  9.4.3 Creation of National Broadband Plan
  9.4.4 Importance of Broadband Transmission
  9.4.5 Long-Term Goals of the National Broadband Plan
  9.4.6 National Broadband Plan and FCC Authority

10.0 REGULATING THE INTERNET

10.1 Role of Regulation
10.2 Regulatory Perspective on Internet Regulation
10.3 Telecommunications Act of 1996
10.4 Regulation and Net Neutrality
11.0 Conclusions to be Drawn

APPENDIX 1: LIST OF ACRONYMS

APPENDIX 2: FEEDBACK FORM

APPENDIX 3: ABOUT INFORMATION TRENDS
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