As the Internet becomes the major commercial thoroughfare for the American economy and Web 2.0 applications place greater demands on bandwidth, the issue of Net Neutrality is going to become more and more important. For those readers who have been living under a virtual rock, Net Neutrality refers to the struggle between proponents of a “free” Internet who favor unlimited access versus those who for reasons of maximizing profit or efficiency want to limit (or charge for) access to the Information Superhighway.
With this conflict in mind, the University of San Francisco Intellectual Property Law Bulletin recently presented The Toll Roads? The Legal and Political Debate Over Net Neutrality.
The event generated positive publicity prior to the event in the pages of the SF Chronicle.
Though the shouting is over and the dust has settled there is still useful information to be found on the web site created to promote the event. Check out a useful collection of statements and papers from the seminar participants are available on the web site.
As a follow-up, the San Francisco Chronicle is reporting that the Senate Commerce Committee will be hearing from consumer advocates, Internet Service Providers and other concerned parties in a series of hearing beginning today.