March 17, 2003  ·  Lessig

Tim Wu has a nice paper about “network neutrality.” The basic idea is familiar: the original end-to-end internet is increasingly under threat as network providers develop technologies to discriminate among network users. For many years, this fear of discrimination led many to support “open access” campaigns � requiring providers to permit competitors to use their lines. Competition would, the argument went, weaken the incentives for certain forms of discrimination.
“Open access” has worked extremely well in Japan (where you can get 100 mbs for $50 a month), but it didn�t work well here. Tim�s proposal is for a different form of regulation aimed at neutrality. I recommend it strongly, and would be eager to see any feedback.

  • Anonymous

    Why do some entries accept comments (a “No comments” link appears underneath before the first comment has been entered) and some not ? One can find the comment space for any post manually, for example:

    http://cyberlaw.stanford.edu/mt/mt-comments.cgi?entry_id=1007

    for “Versioning CC licenses”, but the software never records the existence of comments entered this way.

  • Anonymous

    Why do some entries accept comments (a “No comments” link appears underneath before the first comment has been entered) and some not ? One can find the comment space for any post manually, for example:

    http://cyberlaw.stanford.edu/mt/mt-comments.cgi?entry_id=1008

    for “Versioning CC licenses”, but the software never records the existence of comments entered this way.

  • Anonymous

    Is this paper available in any other format than Word .doc, which I cannot read?

  • http://home.uchicago.edu/~kldavis Karl

    I’ve converted it to .pdf. It’s here.

    That link will be active for one week.

    -kd

  • http://www.tellinglies.org/news Xslf

    Thanks for the conversion Karl- I was going to ask the same question myself :)

    Going to read the paper now…

  • Anonymous

    Off topic, but OpenOffice.org among others, is a free, multiplatform (UNIX, Linux, Windows, and Mac OSX–Jaguar only, though) Microsoft Office killer. abiWord is also good. Had I known about OpenOffice, I’d have never bought MS Office…

  • http://home.uchicago.edu/~kldavis Karl

    Due to storage space constraints, I’m pulling the .pdf from my site. However, if anyone wants it they can e-mail me.

    -kd