The Federal Communication Commission’s Open Internet Rules will go into effect on November 20, 2011, providing general guidelines for broadband providers, but leaving much to interpretation.
Regardless of pending lawsuits, the FCC is determined to implement some form of net neutrality in 2012. A recent opinion piece authored by Brattle principal Coleman Bazelon and Stuart Brotman, a faculty member at Harvard Law School and a senior advisor to Brattle, suggests that to avoid regulatory confusion and additional lawsuits, stakeholders – including industry, regulatory, and public interest – must reach accord on measurable performance standards and network management practices, enforcement and protection, and the duration of such rules. The authors recommend that to prevent continued uncertainty and future lawsuits from arising, net neutrality rules must clearly define what constitutes a violation, how broadband providers can comply, and what happens when a violation occurs. The opinion piece, “Net neutrality: Implementation measured in the details,” was published on November 16, 2011 in Network World.
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