Regulating the Web: Network Neutrality and the Fate of the Open Internet

Regulating the Web: Network Neutrality and the Fate of the Open Internet

by Zack Stiegler
     
 

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Since its popularization in the mid 1990s, the Internet has impacted nearly every aspect of our cultural and personal lives. Over the course of two decades, the Internet remained an unregulated medium whose characteristic openness allowed numerous applications, services, and websites to flourish. By 2005, Internet Service Providers began to explore alternative

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Since its popularization in the mid 1990s, the Internet has impacted nearly every aspect of our cultural and personal lives. Over the course of two decades, the Internet remained an unregulated medium whose characteristic openness allowed numerous applications, services, and websites to flourish. By 2005, Internet Service Providers began to explore alternative methods of network management that would permit them to discriminate the quality and speed of access to online content as they saw fit. In response, the Federal Communications Commission sought to enshrine “net neutrality” in regulatory policy as a means of preserving the Internet’s open, nondiscriminatory characteristics. Although the FCC established a net neutrality policy in 2010, debate continues as to who ultimately should have authority to shape and maintain the Internet’s structure. Regulating the Web brings together a diverse collection of scholars who examine the net neutrality policy and surrounding debates from a variety of perspectives. In doing so, the book contributes to the ongoing discourse about net neutrality in the hopes that we may continue to work toward preserving a truly open Internet structure in the United States.

Editorial Reviews

Thomas Streeter
Network neutrality is one of the most important policy issues of the 21st century, with implications for the future of politics, intellectual life, culture, the economy, and more. This smart, sophisticated, and cutting-edge collection offers both a solid introduction and a comprehensive overview of the best thinking of proponents of an open internet.
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Regulating the Web is a series of 11 essays that grew out of panel discussions from the 2011 National Communication Association meeting. As such, it shares the strengths found in many books growing out of conferences. It is well researched and full of very current information as of the time of its publication. Contributors present novel and informative perspectives on the history, politics, and current state of the Internet. This is a worthwhile read for audiences interested in the topic of net neutrality. Summing Up: Recommended. Graduate students, researchers/faculty, and professionals.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780739178683
Publisher:
Lexington Books
Publication date:
12/16/2012
Pages:
266
Product dimensions:
6.20(w) x 9.10(h) x 1.10(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

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Thomas Streeter
Network neutrality is one of the most important policy issues of the 21st century, with implications for the future of politics, intellectual life, culture, the economy, and more. This smart, sophisticated, and cutting-edge collection offers both a solid introduction and a comprehensive overview of the best thinking of proponents of an open internet.

Meet the Author

Zack Stiegler is assistant professor of communications media at Indiana University of Pennsylvania.

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