OA64: How “Net Neutrality” Became “Selling the Internet” – A Choose-Your-Own Adventure, Part 1

In this episode, Thomas begins a choose-your-own-adventure in which two well-meaning trains collide, producing the so-called “Selling The Internet” Bill, S.J.R. 34.  How did this happen?

First, though, Andrew revisits a very difficult TTTBE question (#18), and answers a question from long-standing friend of the show Eric Brewer about the differences between a corporation and an LLC.

In the main segment, Thomas gets to choose between the well-meaning FCC and the well-meaning FTC in boarding his doomed train.  Choose along with Thomas and figure out where we’re headed!

After that, Closed Arguments looks at the Fearless Girl statue and moral rights associated with copyright.

Finally, we end with a brand new Thomas Takes the Bar Exam question #21 about repealing gay marriage.  Remember that TTTBE issues a new question every Friday, followed by the answer on next Tuesday’s show.  Don’t forget to play along by following our Twitter feed (@Openargs) and/or our Facebook Page and quoting the Tweet or Facebook Post that announces this episode along with your guess and reason(s)!

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Andrew was a guest on Episode 209 of the Phil Ferguson Show; please give it a listen!

Show Notes & Links

  1. This is the single sentence text of S.J.R. 34.
  2. And these are the 2016 FCC Internet Privacy rules (all 399 pages!) that S.J.R. 34 overturned.
  3. This is the earlier 2010 Open Internet Order promulgated by the FCC…
  4. …and this is Verizon v. FCC, 740 F.3d 623 (D.C. Cir. 2014), which struck down those rules.  This is the case we discuss in depth in this part of the story.
  5. And, as a special hint to our listeners who read the show notes, Part 2 of this story airing next week will focus on the case of FTC v. AT&T Mobility, a 2016 decision from the 9th Circuit.

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