What might change with net neutrality in the US?

July 18, 2017
San Diego, CA

What might change with net neutrality in the US? That was the subject of a panel that featured PURC director Mark Jamison. Speaking before the National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners’ (NARUC) Committee on Telecommunications, Dr. Jamison explained that events are overtaking net neutrality in the US. Even though customers think they are accessing content on the internet, they are actually using private networks much of the time. A growing number of content providers have their own networks and are bypassing the public internet because its equal treatment approach does not work well for a lot of content services. Also it is ultimately damaging to customers to lock a dynamic industry into regulator-induced business models. He also advised that the net neutrality debate is in many ways a battle between competing businesses and that regulators should avoid getting caught up in struggle. This NARUC meeting was held in San Diego in July 2017.


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