Net neutrality in the United States and the future of information policy by Bruce Harpham

The Internet has played a significant role in improving commerce, deepening social connections, stimulating scholarship and affording greater opportunities for leisure and activism. Increasingly, the set of computer systems commonly referred to as the Internet plays a critical role in connecting people with the information they need to work, live and access government. In light of the importance of the Internet in American life, government should play a role in ensuring that it suits the needs of society as a whole, rather than a single group.The first decade of the 21st century has witnessed a great burst of interest in developing Internet regulation, in contrast to the laissez-faire government approach of the 1990s when the Internet offered seemingly unlimited potential to revolutionize commerce and made some people billionaires in short order. As the Internet increasingly became a platform for market activity, the ownership and regulation of the system became politically important. The common assumption of the 1990s that the Internet was too revolutionary to govern or that it is impossible to govern is quickly fading. The U.S. government needs to implement Net neutrality regulation as part of a new unified communications strategy for the modern era, replacing the patchwork of policies currently in place.

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