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Zero Rating: A Framework for Assessing Benefits and Harms

Discussions around zero rating settle into three basic positions on whether and under what circumstances network operators should be permitted to exempt certain Internet traffic from otherwise-applicable usage-based pricing. This paper proposes a framework for advancing the discussion of this middle ground. It approaches zero rating in a manner similar to other key questions in implementing and applying net neutrality laws and regulations, such as network management, usage-based pricing, or specialized services that rely on the same infrastructure as the “public” Internet while serving a separate function.

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CDT IANA Transition Update

Matthew Shears discusses the details behind the IANA transition, answering questions about USG, NTIA, and more. He lays out exactly what the Center for Democracy and Technology’s stance is, as well as it’s expectations for the myriad of issues associated with the transition.

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CDT Urges Swift Action on Open Internet Rules Following President's Statement

President Barack Obama called on the FCC to reclassify broadband Internet access service under Title II of the Communications Act. In multiple comments to the FCC, CDT has cited Title II reclassification with forbearance from unnecessary rules as a sound option for protecting the free and open Internet. CDT calls on the FCC to move swiftly to implement strong open Internet rules.

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Nuala O’Connor Opening Comments for FCC Open Internet Roundtable

CDT President & CEO Nuala O’Connor participated in the FCC’s Open Internet Roundtable on October 7, 2014. In her remarks, O’Connor stressed the need for strong Open Internet rules built on the principles of no blocking and nondiscrimination, while allowing for reasonable network management. She encouraged the FCC to consider all proposals on the table, and specifically highlighted various hybrid approaches that would utilize Title II and Section 706 options.

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Testimony of Nuala O'Connor on Open Internet Rules

CDT President & CEO testifies before the Senate Judiciary Committee on September 17, 2014. The hearing, entitled “Why Net Neutrality Matters: Protecting Consumers and Competition Through Meaningful Open internet Rules,” comes as the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) works to restore open Internet protections and has sought public comments on the best path forward.

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Additional Comments to the FCC on The Open Internet

The Center for Democracy & Technology has provided additional comments to the FCC as they consider the appropriate regulatory structure to maintain Internet openness in the wake of the D.C. Circuit decision vacating the agency’s 2010 rules. We filed earlier comments in July. A free and open Internet is essential to the exercise of individual liberty in the digital age.

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