Internet Issues and Trends: Selected Analyses

Janice C. Dowd (Editor)

Series: Internet Theory, Technology and Applications
BISAC: COM060000



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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)


Chapter 1 - Access to Broadband Networks: The Net Neutrality Debate (pp. 1-32)
Angele A. Gilroy

Chapter 2 - Net Neutrality: The FCC‘s Authority to Regulate Broadband Internet Traffic Management (pp. 33-54)
Kathleen Ann Ruane

Chapter 3 - Internet Governance and the Domain Name System: Issues for Congress (pp. 55-90)
Lennard G. Kruger

Chapter 4 - Safe Harbor for Online Service Providers under Section 512(c) of the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (pp. 91-114)
Brian T. Yeh

Chapter 5 - State Taxation of Internet Transactions (pp. 115-140)
Steven Maguire

Chapter 6 - "Amazon Laws" and Taxation of Internet Sales: Constitutional Analysis (pp. 141-160)
Erika K. Lunder and Carol A. Pettit


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