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Everybody concerned with the Internet, from broadband services to content providers to online users, has a stake in a federal court case that will soon be decided. We hear what's in store for "net neutrality" and what it could mean for you. Also, the Supreme Court takes up the Hobby Lobby case. On today's Talking Point, are America's highway road stops a thing of the past?

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Producers:
Evan George
Christian Bordal
Gideon Brower

Making News SCOTUS Takes Hobby Lobby Case 8 MIN, 20 SEC

The US Supreme Court has ruled that corporations have the right of free speech, just like people. Today, it agreed to decide if they also have the right to religion. It's all about a provision of President Obama's Affordable Care Act. Greg Stohr is Supreme Court reporter for Bloomberg News.

Guests:
Greg Stohr, Bloomberg News (@GregStohr)

Main Topic Does 'Net Neutrality' Have a Future? 33 MIN, 57 SEC

"Net neutrality" is the principle that Internet service providers, including Verizon and AT&T, treat all web traffic on their networks equally. But the providers say they've invested billions in the "pipes" that keep electronic information flowing, and they've sued to end "net neutrality." A virtual crowd of corporate lobbyists, financial analysts, and consumer advocates has been waiting since early September for the federal appeals court in Washington, DC to issue a decision. If established players, like Google and Facebook can pay to get in an Internet fast lane, would that freeze out small start-ups that might provide competition? The case has implications for everybody who goes online. We hear about a pending court decision that could make a big difference to online users now and in the future.

Guests:
Timothy Lee, Washington Post (@binarybits)
Harold Feld, Public Knowledge
Everett Ehrlich, Public Policy Institute
Alexis Ohanian, Reddit.com (@alexisohanian)

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Alexis Ohanian

Today's Talking Point Are America's Public Pit Stops a Thing of the Past? 9 MIN, 23 SEC

Since 1956, the Interstate Highway System has been standardized down to the uniform thickness of pavement — with one exception. Some public rest stops look like teepees, others have picnic tables and BBQ pits. All offer relief from the road for free. But they're a vanishing species, they're losing out to commercial alternatives, as drivers and passengers may discover during this busy travel season. That's according to Ryann Ford, a photographer who's worked for the New York Times, Texas Monthly and other publications. She spent four years shooting pictures for her project, "The Last Stop: Vanishing Relics of the American Roadside."

Guests:
Ryann Ford, photographer

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