Regulating the Internet: How Much Is Too Much?
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Regulating the Internet: How Much Is Too Much?

Today's topic is the Internet and the debate over net neutrality, the idea that Internet providers should treat all sources of data equally so that consumers can control what they view and use on the web. Do new federal regulations achieve that goal? In the twenty years since the internet first became a household term, has it accomplished what technology visionaries said it would? Also, the East Coast is digging out but airport delays persist, and conservatives no longer dominate the debate at the Supreme Court, thanks to the two Obama appointees who took the bench this year. Sara Terry guest hosts.

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East Coast Digs Out but Airport Delays Persist ()

There have been seven thousand cancelled flights since Sunday, resulting in tens of thousands of passengers re-booking their travel plans. Airlines are struggling to get back on track after the weekend blizzard, but that could take days. Brian Mutzabaugh is a travel reporter for USA Today.

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Regulating the Internet: How Much Is Too Much? ()

Last week, the Federal Communications Commission adopted its first-ever regulations for the Internet, rules meant to ensure equal access to the flow of cyberspace. But the new rules are already being criticized for not going far enough. "Net neutrality" may prove to be an elusive goal, just as many of the other promises of the Internet age have failed to be fully realized. Do we need more regulation of the Internet or less? Has the web really allowed democracy to flourish around the world or have repressive governments turned it to their advantage? Two decades on, has the Internet lived up to early hopes that it would be a force for good?

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Reporter's Notebook

New Justices Change the Flavor of the Supreme Court ()

At the US Supreme Court, President Obama's two appointees are changing the tone of courtroom debates. Sonia Sotomayor and Elena Kagan have re-energized the left wing during their first year on the bench, giving oral arguments a liberal twist that hasn't been heard in years in a court where conservative voices have dominated the debate for most of the last twenty years. David Savage covers the Supreme Court for the Los Angeles Times.

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