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Debate "Housekeeping" (05:52)


John Donvan introduces the panelists and explains the format for the debate on net neutrality.

Opening Statements For: Tom Wheeler (06:37)

Harvard Kennedy School Fellow and Former FCC Chairman, Wheeler explains that internet is the most powerful platform on the planet. Three-quarters of American households have only one choice for high-speed broadband connectivity in their area. Telephone companies are common carriers.

Opening Statements Against: Nick Gillespie (06:34)

Editor at Large of "Reason" magazine, Gillespie explains that the government will control internet business models. Michael Powell believes the right or freedom of the internet includes accessing legal content, attack devices, and accessing applications.

Opening Statements For: Mitchell Baker (06:26)

Chairperson at Mozilla Corporation, Baker argues that ISPs can block or degrade certain websites from viewing. Companies can choose which content is shown based on economic or personal reasons. The ability for innovation is deeply limited without regulation.

Opening Statements Against: Michael Katz (06:23)

Professor at Berkeley and Former Chief Economist at the FCC, Katz debunks several myths surrounding net neutrality. Video conferencing needs a higher speed signal than email; all data is not created equal. Censorship will occur more frequently if the Trump Administration controls the internet.

Competing Statistics (05:43)

Donvan summarizes opening statements. Wheeler's broadband reference numbers were for higher speeds downstream. Gillespie counters that one could play games online on 10 megabytes per second.

ISP as a Monopoly (03:22)

Baker explains that because of availability, ISPs are monopolies. Wheeler and Gillespie argue the merits and drawbacks of private companies controlling the internet. Investment in networks flat lined in the open internet era because of the lack of regulation.

Bad Behavior of ISPs (09:39)

AT&T blocked Facetime because individuals were not spending money on telephone calls. Katz and Wheeler argue over the definition of net neutrality. Baker does not obtain permission from the electricity utility when creating a product.

Free Speech and Social Movements (02:03)

Baker describes how ISPs determine business management and cope with competitors. Common carrier regulations remove data responsibilities from businesses.

Q/A: Cereal Neutrality Policy (03:27)

An individual may not like the decisions made by an ISP, but there are no other competitors to choose. Gillespie recommends using a mobile carrier. Net neutrality does not increase competition.

Q/A: Facebook Proprietary Hardware (02:27)

Donvan discusses debate protocol with an audience member. Katz agrees that he misspoke and Facebook has tried to make technology open-sourced. Participants discuss whether net neutrality is good or bad for innovation.

Q/A: Amount of Providers (06:48)

John Mueller examines how regulated monopolies try to circumvent governmental management. Baker agrees she would change her opinion on net neutrality if there were 500 service providers in each area and individuals could switch devices and carriers.

Q/A: Other Countries' Net Neutrality Laws (02:17)

Baker describes different regulations in Canada, Brazil, India, and the European Union. Wheeler states that the cost per megabit is lower in the United States because of government regulation.

Q/A: Legal Implications of Net Neutrality (07:39)

The FCC requires cable companies to include local channels in ithe lineup to ensure diversity and First Amendment protection. Baker explains issues of public space. Gillespie describes how the FCC has a bad record of allowing free speech.

Concluding Statement For: Wheeler (02:33)

Wheeler explains why he believes in net neutrality. Equal opportunity is based on equal access. A recent poll demonstrates that 83% of Americans agree.

Concluding Statement Against: Gillespie (02:25)

Net neutrality does not exist. Amazon, Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, and Google possess the power. The government will not guarantee better quality and service, and free speech.

Concluding Statement For: Baker (02:15)

Net neutrality is essential for Mozilla; Firefox was built as a public asset. Firefox could be offered without worrying about ISP individual delivery practices.

Concluding Statement Against: Katz (02:23)

Audience members should vote for the motion if they believe Donald Trump will protect the internet and the media's access to information. Protecting free speech means voting against the resolution.

Time to Vote (04:26)

Donvan compliments panelists on their conduct and instructs the audience to vote. Gillespie compliments his opponents on bringing up ISP discrimination and poor behavior. Wheeler clarifies that medical applications are prioritized in the open internet era.

Audience Vote Results (01:01)

Pre-Debate - For: 60% - Against: 23% - Undecided: 17% Post-Debate - For: 60% - Against: 31% - Undecided: 9%

Credits: Preserve Net Neutrality: All Data Is Created Equal: A Debate (00:07)

Credits: Preserve Net Neutrality: All Data Is Created Equal: A Debate

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Should the Internet be regulated, and if so, how? In December 2017, the Federal Communications Commission voted to repeal "net neutrality" rules that had been adopted in 2015. (A period of public comment followed, and the repeal took effect in June 2018.) Net neutrality is a broad term that refers to the idea that Internet service providers (ISPs) must treat all data on the Internet equally rather than blocking, slowing, or otherwise interfering with access. Supporters of net neutrality argue that it is essential for preserving the openness of the Internet and preventing ISPs from censoring content or charging unfair rates. Opponents of net neutrality disagree, arguing that ISPs have not impeded the flow of data on the Internet and that the government should not regulate it. Should net neutrality be preserved?

Length: 91 minutes

Item#: FPT165896

ISBN: 978-1-64481-289-1

Copyright date: ©2018

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