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Ministers Should Not Confuse Platform Neutrality with Net Neutrality

Ministers from France and Germany wrote to European Commission Vice President Ansip, who is in charge of Digital Single Market, calling for the Commission to prepare legislation for “essential platforms.” We encourage Ministers in EU Member States to distinguish between net neutrality and platform neutrality, and to maintain their focus on the adoption of a regulation with strong protections for the open Internet.

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Welcome to Erik Stallman

CDT is excited to announce Erik Stallman as our Director of the Open Internet Project and General Counsel. Stallman, most recently with law firm Steptoe & Johnson LLP, has expertise in both telecommunications and intellectual property policy issues, with particular experience working on Internet regulatory matters and copyright law.

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Court Strikes Down Open Internet Rules: What Now?

A federal appeals court sent the FCC back to the drawing board on Internet neutrality today, striking down the agency’s Open Internet Rules. The decision is a real loss for US Internet users; the rules offered an important safeguard for keeping the Internet the remarkable engine for free expression, creativity, and innovation that it is. The upside, though, is that the decision also suggests that the thing really tying the FCC’s hands in this area is neither the Communications Act nor the Constitution, but rather the FCC’s own prior decisions regarding how to classify Internet access service. Far from putting Internet access services and Internet neutrality entirely outside the FCC’s purview, the decision effectively puts the ball back in the FCC’s court.

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IGF Discussion Preview: A Internet Neutrality Model Framework

Among the meetings on CDT’s agenda this week at the Internet Governance Forum in Bali is the first meeting of the Dynamic Coalition on Net Neutrality. CDT is a member of the Dynamic Coalition, and we contributed a position paper to the group’s first annual report, laying out the human-rights arguments for preserving the neutrality of the Internet by law. The report is being published in connection with the inaugural meeting of the group on October 25.

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Dutch Advance Net Neutrality Legislation

Wednesday, the Dutch parliament passed a balanced and sensible set of internet neutrality rules, thus becoming the first country in Europe, and only the second in the world, to move to protect the openness of the Internet through legislation.  (Chile’s law went into effect this spring.)  Lawmakers also reportedly “accidentally” included a filtering provision, which…

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Wise Public Policy Will Not Kill the Internet

Ever since the FCC launched its bold effort to update 20th century regulations to fit the 21st century broadband world, telecom companies have waged a relentless verbal campaign to persuade the public of the dire consequences that will occur if the Commission (or Congress) succeeds.  Meanwhile, the FCC is rightly looking to mark the boundaries…

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Neutrality and Caching

There has been lots of discussion in Internet neutrality circles this week about Monday’s Wall Street Journal article claiming that Google, in seeking to enter caching deals with ISPs, is departing from its stance in favor of Internet neutrality. Google and a number of commenters (here, here and here) by now have…

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