Net Neutrality Case Study

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Skeptics of net neutrality can often contend with those who support net neutrality by drawing comparisons with the Cable Act of 1992. The act was meant to protect the consumers by forcing cable companies to carry most local broadcast channels and prohibited them from charging local broadcasters to carry their own signal. One such argument came from Thomas W. Hazlett, a professor of law and economics at George Mason University; he stated that the act’s inability to maintain the number of customers, let alone increase raises the question of the real effects of “consumer protection” laws despite its initial intentions. Hazlett likens net neutrality by insisting that it’s likely to repeat the same consequences, which stifle progress and profit.…show more content…
Gigi Sohn, the president and chief executive of Public Knowledge, an open-Internet advocacy group based in Washington, D.C., asserts that the Cable Act of 1992 was not a true testament to offering protection for the end users. Instead, “there is no requirement that a cable operator carry any particular independent programmer. Cable still decides what its customers see and when they see it” (Wall Street Journal, “Should Congress Overturn the Net Neutrality Rules?”). Net neutrality stands to be much more as it prevents Internet service providers from irresponsibly endangering Internet users and companies with prioritization for certain services. Net neutrality stands to be much more as it adds a level of certainty that app developers and content providers can trust and invest to maintain a prosperous and anti-competitive Internet
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