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CDT Comments to FCC on Net Neutrality

The Internetʼs extraordinary success stems directly from its openness to independent innovators and speakers. But in the absence of an appropriate policy framework, broadband Internet access providers could act in ways that substantially undermine the mediumʼs openness. The FCC has taken a good first step toward crafting this policy framework, but CDT’s comments set out several ways the FCC’s…

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The Broadband Internet: The End of the Equal Voice?

As the fast-moving and hard-fought “open access to cable” debate continues – in both the United States and Canada – and perhaps moves toward resolution, it is vital to recognize that there are significant “openness” and free speech issues concerning broadband Internet access that have little or nothing to do with the cable debate.  This essay looks at one…

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CDT Reply Comments in the matter of Broadband Industry Practices

CDT does not believe the Commission should try to adopt rules regulating network management practices. In these reply comments, however, CDT emphasizes that: The Commission should take this opportunity to provide some principle-level guidance relating to discrimination, by amending its broadband Policy Statement; Network management policies aimed at security threats are different from those aimed at congestion, and the two may…

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CDT Comments to FCC in the Matter of Service Rules for the 698-746, 747-762, and 777-792 MHz Bands

The Center for Democracy & Technology (CDT) respectfully submits these comments to the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) in response to the FCC’s Report and Order and Further Notice of Proposed Rulemaking in the above referenced proceedings. CDT believes that the upcoming 700 MHz spectrum auction presents the FCC with a critical opportunity to spur broadband competition and promote the…

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CDT Comments in FTC Broadband Connectivity Competition Policy Workshop

The Center for Democracy & Technology (CDT) would like to thank the Federal Trade Commission for the opportunity to participate in the Broadband Connectivity Competition Policy Workshop and to file these written comments.  The first two sections below reiterate and expand on CDT’s oral comments at the Workshop, while the last two sections offer CDT’s thoughts on key themes…

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CDT Comments in the Matter of Broadband Industry Practices

CDT strongly believes that the Internet’s extraordinary success in facilitating independent innovation and speech is directly linked to the fact that any Internet user can provide content and services to any other willing Internet user, without getting permission from any “gatekeeper.”  There is currently an active debate about whether and to what extent there is a risk that…

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Preserving the Essential Internet

“Network neutrality” – or, more precisely, “Internet neutrality” – is perhaps the most prominent and contentious issue in Internet and telecommunications policy today.  Proponents of nondiscrimination requirements for providers of broadband networks argue that government action is necessary to preserve essential qualities of the Internet.  Network providers warn that government-imposed neutrality requirements would subject the Internet to burdensome regulation…

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CDT Reply Comments in the Matter of Broadband Industry Practices

Many of the comments submitted by broadband providers and related industry groups focus primarily on arguing against the idea of neutrality-focused regulations. While CDT believes that many of these arguments are overstated or ignore the equally serious risks of providing no governmental guidance in this area, CDT agrees that it would not be appropriate for the Commission on its…

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What Does “Governance” Mean? What are “Critical Internet Resources”?

CDT Comments for the Second Internet Governance Forum in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil It is the purpose of this paper to describe “governance” and “critical Internet resources” in the context of a vision of the Internet as a medium uniquely suited to foster economic growth, human development, and democratization.  Secondly, while we argue for a broad definition of CIR, we…

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