Briefcase: Net Neutrality

Guest: Dean Leonard Baynes


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As net neutrality continues to be in the news, Dean Leonard Baynes, with the University of Houston Law Center, looks at both sides of the issue.

"Net neutrality prohibits internet service providers from discriminating against competitors by blocking, slowing down or charging more for specific websites,” Dean Baynes said. “In 2015, the FCC established net neutrality and found that the internet was a public utility. In 2017, the FCC reversed itself, eliminated net neutrality, and found the internet to be an information service.”

“Opponents of net neutrality argue that ISPs should charge access fees to companies that use lots of bandwith, and if there is ISP discrimination, the Federal Trade Commission will handle it.”

“Proponents of net neutrality argue that it prohibits discrimination by promoting consumer fairness and maintaining quality of internet connections. The matter is now in the hands of the U.S. Congress."