Right now, the internet remains relatively open because of an order set by the Federal Communications Commission in 2010. The order is designed to maintain net neutrality and keep content on the web open to all.
But Verizon is challenging that idea.
The internet provider argued this week that the federal government does not have the authority to regulate broadband internet. Opening arguments for the Verizon v. FCC case on net neutrality were heard Monday by the D.C. Circuit Court. The ruling on this case could change the way internet access is provided.
Net neutrality entails that internet service providers be neutral to the content their customers consume and therefore cannot block or slow customers’ content use.
This Friday on Noon Edition, we’ll talk about net neutrality with telecommunications lawyers and businesses to see what the outcome of this case could mean for the future of the internet.
Noon Edition airs Friday at 12 p.m.
Barbara Cherry, J.D., Ph.D., Professor, Department of Telecommunications, Indiana University
Cullen McCarty, Executive Vice President, Smithville Communications