On Tuesday, a small group of protesters outside the Federal Communications Commission in Washington staged a mock tug-of-war between “The People” and “Big Telecoms.” The demonstrators called on the FCC to enforce net neutrality, the notion that all digital traffic should be handled equally. The FCC is currently considering new regulations that would allow fast and slow lanes for content, with higher charges for speedier Internet access. We discuss the draft regulations and the potential effects of growing consolidation among Internet providers.
Laura Sydell, digital culture correspondent for NPR
Corynne McSherry, intellectual property director at the Electronic Frontier Foundation
Jeffrey Eisenach, visiting scholar at American Enterprise Institute