In the United States, net neutrality laws prevented service providers from restricting open access to the Internet. In 2017, these laws were repealed and consumers became concerned that Internet providers would take advantage of them through blocking, throttling, and paid prioritization. The trend in the United States, from the rise of the telephone and wire transfer to the rise of the Internet, was toward facilitating access to the Internet for all citizens. This is intended to result in economic advantages for the country, and aid in the development of broadband Internet. Open access to the Internet was regarded as providing investment, innovation, and development until the repeal of net neutrality laws. This Note analyzes how the EU, France, and the U.S. have developed distinctive net neutrality regulations. Further, this Note examines the social and economic reasons for why the regulations were developed and the relative strengths and weaknesses each regulatory scheme provides. This Note argues that the U.S. should conform its system to model the EU and France’s system in some respects to maximize for the social and economic advantages those systems provide, while avoiding each system’s relative disadvantages.
"Neutrality in the Modern World: Internet Regulation's Impact on Economics and Society,"
Notre Dame Journal of International & Comparative Law: Vol. 10
, Article 7.
Available at: https://scholarship.law.nd.edu/ndjicl/vol10/iss1/7