Catherine Sandoval‘s article “Protect the Open Internet” was published by the Daily Journal.
“Imagine an internet where your internet service provider (ISP) could enter into undisclosed deals to speed up select content or block legal sites based on the ISP’s business interests. The Federal Communications Commission and the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit in Verizon v. FCC, 740 F.3d 623 (D.C. Cir. 2014), recognized that ISPs have both the financial incentive and technical ability to engage in paid prioritization. Such deals are barred by FCC “Open Internet” rules adopted in 2015, but FCC Chairman Ajit Pai proposes to repeal those rules. His proposal asks whether ISPs should be allowed to manage internet networks based on their own business justifications, and whether industry self-regulation or voluntary promises are preferable to enforceable FCC rules. All Americans should be concerned about this proposal’s implications for democracy, the economy, security and competition.”