275.32 sec. 001 - Network Neutrality Seminar (Fall 2020)
Instructor: Tejas Narechania (view instructor's teaching evaluations - degree students only | profile)
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Due to COVID-19, this class is remote for Fall 2020.
Mode of Instruction: Remote Instruction
- M 08:00 AM - 09:50 AM
From August 17, 2020
To November 23, 2020
Course End: November 23, 2020
Class Number: 32954
Enroll Limit: 20
As of: 12/07 09:41 AM
Each of the Federal Communications Commission’s attempts at network neutrality (or net neutrality) regulation and deregulation have been met with substantial controversy. The agency’s most recent proceeding attracted over 22 million comments. Indeed, it is fair to say that network neutrality is one of the most public internet policy debates still raging today.
This class takes a deep dive into various questions related to the Commission’s ongoing back-and-forth over network neutrality regulation. Each week, we’ll closely examine some aspect of the Commission’s (and the Judiciary’s) approach to this important, salient legal and policy question. Topics will include the Commission’s power to issue network neutrality regulations; the States’ power to issue network neutrality regulations (and the Commission’s power to preempt such local rules); zero-rating and data caps; internet interconnection and Netflix’s various disputes with Verizon and Comcast; among others.
This is an Option 1 class. Hence, there will be no final exam for the course. Instead, students will be assessed on two axes. One, students will be required to two reaction papers, no more than two pages long, analyzing and responding to any one week’s reading. Two, students must also submit one research paper, about fifteen pages long, on network neutrality or some related topic. Details and deadlines (including interim draft deadlines) will be described in the course syllabus.
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Instructor has indicated that no books will be assigned.