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 In 2017, these laws were repealed and consumers became concerned that Internet providers would take advantage of them through blocking, throttling, and paid prioritization.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.



To view the content in your browser, please download Adobe Reader or, alternately,
you may Download the file to your hard drive.

NOTE: The latest versions of Adobe Reader do not support viewing PDF files within Firefox on Mac OS and if you are using a modern (Intel) Mac, there is no official plugin for viewing PDF files within the browser window.