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Sunday, April 12 • 10:30am - 11:45am
Net Neutrality and the Media: A Transatlantic Comparison

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Net neutrality has been a core issue of the Internet since its creation. With its rapid expansion, based upon technological innovation, and with changing structures of related industries this “basic right” is being challenged.   Foremost telecommunication companies, having invested billions of dollars into the building of broadband networks, are reminded by their shareholders to show more profit on their investment. Telecommunication companies argue that times have changed and in order to continue improving upon their broadband infrastructure, they propose to create “fast lanes” for commercial content providers, including media companies, and charge them accordingly. Individual users, NGOs and for profit companies which depend on a well functioning Internet fear that they will be discriminated, charged exorbitant fees or eventually forced out or even silenced, shut off, from getting onto the Internet at equitable terms. A fierce debate has been sparked in the US and in Europe. Even President Obama has stated his position on the subject. Moreover, some argue that utility regulation, a possible outcome of this debate, was never envisioned by Congress and that it thus should be taken off the table as an inappropriate tool for the dynamic and open Internet. More than 1.1 million Americans recently submitted comments and opinions to the Federal Communications Commission on Internet openness. Again, the Internet has arrived at a critical junction in its evolution.
Moderator: Manfred K. Wolfram, University of Cincinnati
Panelists: Arnold Picot, Forschungsstelle fuer Information, Organisation und Management, Fakultaet fuer Betriebswirtschaft, Ludwig-Maximilians-Universitaet Muenchen, Germany
Bernd Holznagel, Institut fuer Informations-,Telekommunikations und Medienrecht (IMT), Abt.II, WWU Muenster, North Rhine Westphelia, Germany
Rolf T. Wigand, University of Arkansas-Little Rock
Manfred K. Wolfram, University of Cincinnati, MSC/MISU/LMU, Munich, Germany

Sunday April 12, 2015 10:30am - 11:45am
Pavilion 11

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