Internet Issues and Trends: Selected Analyses

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Janice C. Dowd (Editor)

Series: Internet Theory, Technology and Applications
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The Internet is often described as a “network of networks” because it is not a single physical entity, but hundreds of thousands of interconnected networks linking hundreds of millions of computers around the world. As such, the Internet is international, decentralized, and comprised of networks and infrastructure largely owned and operated by private sector entities. As the Internet grows and becomes more pervasive in all aspects of modern society, the question of how it should be governed becomes more pressing. As congressional policymakers continue 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.”

While there is no single accepted definition of “net neutrality,” most 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 provider access to that network. This book reviews the Open Internet Order and the court’s decision, as well as examine the FCC’s authority to regulate the management of broadband Internet traffic in the wake of the decision. It also discusses internet governance and the domain name system; the safe harbor for online service providers; state taxation of internet transactions; and a constitutional analysis of “Amazon laws” and taxation of internet sales. (Imprint: Nova)

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