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Motion 4: Team 1 takes the position that Net Neutrality must be preserved to protect Internet users rights to access to the services and applications that they choose.

According to the US Federal Communications Commission, basic principles of Internet access guarantee that consumers/users are entitled to access the lawful Internet content of their choice, run the applications and use services of their choice, and connect to legal devices that do not harm the network, subject to the needs of law enforcement.
An ISP must treat lawful content, applications and services in a transparent and non-discriminatory manner. Some basic network management is reasonable to manage congestion on networks, address harmful traffic (viruses, spam), block unlawful content (child porn), but policies must be disclosed and may not be discriminatory.

Is net neutrality worth preserving? Would the end of Net neutrality benefit large telecommunication companies? Would it actually be better for users or not? Would net neutrality be better achieved through market forces or regulation?

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On November 17th TechDebate held an Oxford Style debate on Network Neutrality. Check it out, see if you can guess who won. http://tech-debate.com/

I enjoyed the debate very much...

The Debaters
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* James Assey – Executive Vice President, National Cable and Telecommunications Association
* Robert Quinn – Senior Vice President-Federal Regulatory, AT&T
* Christopher Yoo – Professor of Law and Communication; Director, Center for Technology, Innovation, and Competition, UPenn Law

For
* Tim Wu – Coined the term “Network Neutrality”; Professor of Law, Columbia Law
* Brad Burnham – VC, Union Square Ventures
* Nicholas Economides – Professor of Economics, Stern School of Business, New York University.

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