Does 'Net Neutrality' Have a Future?

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"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.

Credits

Guests:
Timothy Lee - Vox - @binarybits, Harold Feld - Public Knowledge, Everett Ehrlich - Public Policy Institute, Alexis Ohanian - Reddit.com - @alexisohanian

Host:
Warren Olney

Producers:
Evan George, Christian Bordal, Gideon Brower