Healthy Paranoia Show 22: The Three Ring Circus of Net Neutrality

Ladies and gentleman, unicorns of all ages, get ready for the greatest podcast on earth, Healthy Paranoia. Where the email is always encrypted and the firewalls are ever stateful. On this episode, we’ll be discussing Net Neutrality. Joining us is Sherry Lichtenberg, Principal for Telecommunications at the National Regulatory Research Institute; Andrew Gallo, network architect for a large academic institution whose hobbies include ATM, voice and terminating fiber and finally, Derick Winkworth (aka “Winky”), CCIE, packet hunter and resident skeptic. What is Net Neutrality?

A term created by Columbia media law professor Tim Wu, it refers to a principle of equal treatment for all data on the Internet. It asserts that service providers and governments should not discriminate or charge based upon user, content, site, platform, application, type of attached equipment, and modes of communication.

In this episode, we discuss:

  • Some history behind Net Neutrality
  • Pertinent regulations
  • The DC Circuit Court decision from 1/14/14 of Verizon vs. FCC
  • What this could mean for Netflix
  • Monopolies, oligarchies and competition

Show Notes:

FCC Telecommunications Act of 1996

What You Need to Know About the Court Decision That Just Struck Down Net Neutrality 

Some Initial Reflections on the D.C. Circuit’s Verizon v. FCC Net Neutrality Decision by Christopher S. Yoo

Netflix Open Connect

Open Internet Preservation Act of 2014

Comcast-Time Warner Cable Merger

Comcast-Netflix Didn’t Violate Net Neutrality But It Wasn’t Benevolent, It Was Business

Inside the Netflix/Comcast Deal and What the Media Is Getting Very Wrong

Cost of Connectivity 2013 from the New America Foundation

The First Honest Cable Company

Goodbye Net Neutrality, Hello Gilded Age Internet

Free Press “Save the Internet”Enough with the Kittens Already

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