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Net Neutrality: Background and Issues.

Author: Angele A Gilroy; LIBRARY OF CONGRESS WASHINGTON DC CONGRESSIONAL RESEARCH SERVICE.
Publisher: Ft. Belvoir Defense Technical Information Center 16 MAY 2006.
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As the 109th Congress continues to debate telecommunications reform, a major point of contention is the question of whether action is needed to ensure unfettered access to the Internet. The move to place restrictions on the owners of the networks that compose and provide access to the Internet, to ensure equal access and nondiscriminatory treatment, is referred to as "net neutrality." There is no single accepted  Read more...
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Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Angele A Gilroy; LIBRARY OF CONGRESS WASHINGTON DC CONGRESSIONAL RESEARCH SERVICE.
OCLC Number: 227919887
Notes: CRS Report for Congress.
Description: 7 pages

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As the 109th Congress continues to debate telecommunications reform, a major point of contention is the question of whether action is needed to ensure unfettered access to the Internet. The move to place restrictions on the owners of the networks that compose and provide access to the Internet, to ensure equal access and nondiscriminatory treatment, is referred to as "net neutrality." There is no single accepted definition of "net neutrality." However, most people would agree that any such definition should include the general principles that owners of the networks that compose and provide access to the Internet should not control how consumers lawfully use that network, and they should not be able to discriminate against content providers' access to that network. Concern over whether it is necessary to take steps to ensure access to the Internet for content, services, and applications providers, as well as consumers, and if so, what these should be, is a major focus in the debate over telecommunications reform. Some policymakers contend that more specific regulatory guidelines may be necessary to protect the marketplace from potential abuses that could threaten the net neutrality concept. Others contend that existing laws and FCC policies are sufficient to deal with potential anti-competitive behavior and that such regulations would have negative effects on the expansion and future development of the Internet. The issue of "net neutrality" is expected to remain in the forefront as the 109th Congress continues its debate over telecommunications reform. For information on legislative activity, see CRS Issue Brief IB10045, "Broadband Internet Regulation and Access: Background and Issues," by Angele A. Gilroy and Lennard G. Kruger. This report will be updated as events warrant.

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