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Backchannel | 08.01.16

The Limits of Net Neutrality

Susan Crawford

D&S advisor Susan Crawford discussed the limitations of how net neutrality can protect consumers. Crawford details other methods that providers can and have exploit loopholes.

Look, I am just as hard core about net neutrality as anyone. I celebrate that the long battle to make the principle into law seems finally over, in both the US and Europe. But it’s only a beginning, and stopping here would be a mistake. It’s a temporizing approach to a deeper, structural dilemma: how much power to give the private providers of what should be a utility service. Where those providers effectively have monopoly control they have a thousand ways to avoid these rules.

Susan Crawford


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