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The Federal Net Neutrality Debate: Access to Broadband Networks [Updated February 24, 2021]   [open pdf - 1MB]

From the Overview: "As congressional policymakers continue to debate telecommunications reform, a major discussion point has continued to revolve around what approach should be taken to ensure unfettered access to the internet. Policies to place restrictions on the owners of the networks that compose and provide access to the internet, to ensure equal access and nondiscriminatory treatment, is referred to as 'net neutrality.' There is no single accepted definition of net neutrality. However, most agree that any such definition should include the general principles that owners of the networks that compose and provide access to the internet should not control how consumers lawfully use that network, and they should not be able to discriminate against content provider access to that network. [...] A major focus of the debate is whether the regulatory framework created in the 2015 Order is the appropriate approach to ensure access to the internet for content, services, and applications providers, as well as consumers, or whether the less regulatory approach contained in the 2017 Order is more suitable. The 117th Congress may take action to amend existing law to provide guidance and more stability to FCC [Federal Communications Commission] authority over broadband access."

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CRS Report for Congress, R40616
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2021-02-24
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Congressional Research Service: https://crsreports.congress.gov/
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