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Regulating the Web

Network Neutrality and the Fate of the Open Internet

Edited by Zack Stiegler - Contributions by John Nathan Anderson; Jeremy Carp; Benjamin Cline; Michael Daubs; Brian Dolber; Daniel Faltesek; Michael Felczak; Mark Grabowski; Pallavi Guniganti; Danny Kimball; Isabella Kulkarni; Patrick Schmidt; Tina Sikka and Daniel Sprumont

Since its popularization in the mid 1990s, the Internet has impacted nearly every aspect of our cultural and personal lives. Over the course of two decades, the Internet remained an unregulated medium whose characteristic openness allowed numerous applications, services, and websites to flourish. By 2005, Internet Service Providers began to explore alternative methods of network management that would permit them to discriminate the quality and speed of access to online content as they saw fit. In response, the Federal Communications Commission sought to enshrine “net neutrality” in regulatory policy as a means of preserving the Internet’s open, nondiscriminatory characteristics. Although the FCC established a net neutrality policy in 2010, debate continues as to who ultimately should have authority to shape and maintain the Internet’s structure. Regulating the Web brings together a diverse collection of scholars who examine the net neutrality policy and surrounding debates from a variety of perspectives. In doing so, the book contributes to the ongoing discourse about net neutrality in the hopes that we may continue to work toward preserving a truly open Internet structure in the United States. « less more »
Lexington Books
Pages: 266Size: 6 3/8 x 9 1/4
978-0-7391-7868-3 • Hardback • December 2012 • $95.00 • (£65.00)
978-0-7391-9763-9 • Paperback • June 2014 • $41.99 • (£27.95)
978-0-7391-7869-0 • eBook • December 2012 • $38.99 • (£24.95)
Zack Stiegler is assistant professor of communications media at Indiana University of Pennsylvania.
Regulating the Web: An Introduction
Zack Stiegler
Part I: Background and Principles1
Chapter 1: Visions of Modernity: Communication, Technology and Network Neutrality in Historical Perspective
Michael Felczak
Chapter 2: What We Talk About When We Talk About Net Neutrality: A Historical Genealogy of the Discourse of Net Neutrality
Danny Kimball
Chapter 3: Transparency, Consumers, and the Pursuit of an Open Internet: A Critical Appraisal
Jeremy Carp, Isabella Kulkarni, and Patrick Schmidt
Chapter 4: Applying Common Carriage to Network Neutrality
Pallavi Guniganti and Mark Grabowski
Part II: Institutional Perspectives
Imagining Equilibrium: The Figure of the Dynamic Market in the Net Neutrality Debate
Daniel Faltesek
Chapter 6: Axiology and the FCC: Regulation as Ideological Process
Benjamin Cline
Part III: Net Neutrality as Cultural and Political Debate
Chapter 7: Framing the Net Neutrality Debate
Zack Stiegler and Dan Sprumont
Chapter 8: Informationism as Ideology: Technological Myths in the Net Neutrality Debate
Brian Dolber
Part IV: Socio-Cultural Implications
Chapter 9: A Critical Theory of Technology Approach to the Study of Network Neutrality
Tina Sikka
Chapter 10: Network Neutrality, Mobile Networks, and User-Generated Activism
Michael Daubs
Chapter 11: Beyond the Series of Tubes: Strategies for Advancing Media Reform
John Nathan Anderson
Regulating the Web is a series of 11 essays that grew out of panel discussions from the 2011 National Communication Association meeting. As such, it shares the strengths found in many books growing out of conferences. It is well researched and full of very current information as of the time of its publication. Contributors present novel and informative perspectives on the history, politics, and current state of the Internet. This is a worthwhile read for audiences interested in the topic of net neutrality. Summing Up: Recommended. Graduate students, researchers/faculty, and professionals.

Network neutrality is one of the most important policy issues of the 21st century, with implications for the future of politics, intellectual life, culture, the economy, and more. This smart, sophisticated, and cutting-edge collection offers both a solid introduction and a comprehensive overview of the best thinking of proponents of an open internet.
Thomas Streeter, University of Vermont