Shifting Out of Neutral: Net Neutrality Defenders Fire Back

Deven Desai

Deven Desai is an associate professor of law and ethics at the Scheller College of Business, Georgia Institute of Technology. He was also the first, and to date, only Academic Research Counsel at Google, Inc., and a Visiting Fellow at Princeton University’s Center for Information Technology Policy. He is a graduate of U.C. Berkeley and the Yale Law School. Professor Desai’s scholarship examines how business interests, new technology, and economic theories shape privacy and intellectual property law and where those arguments explain productivity or where they fail to capture society’s interest in the free flow of information and development. His work has appeared in leading law reviews and journals including the Georgetown Law Journal, Minnesota Law Review, Notre Dame Law Review, Wisconsin Law Review, and U.C. Davis Law Review.

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  1. Jack S. says:

    If we were truly getting to the heart of the issue, free market competition would come to the surface. Net Neutrality has allowed politicians, legal scholars, the FCC, telco’s and friends of google to spill oceans of ink that would not otherwise be necessary had the 1996 Telco Act worked as was intended.

    Not surprisingly this type of regulatory debate has not seen the light of day in competitive European and Asian markets. Sure, it gets mentioned from time to time, but probably just a hahaha laugh at the silly overly regulated US market.

    I’m no fan of seeing broadband under Title 1 of the Telco Act, but grafting net neutrality (or lack thereof) on to existing legislation and regulations is going to make an even bigger mess out of an already bad situation.

    My only hope is that google wins the 700Mhz licenses and creates a new internet monopoly. Monopoly it may become, but it surely couldn’t be any worse than what we have now.