The Internet and the Project of Communications Law

50 Pages Posted: 14 Feb 2007  

Susan P. Crawford

Harvard University - Berkman Center for Internet & Society

Date Written: February 11, 2007

Abstract

The internet offers the potential for economic growth stemming from online human communications, but recent industry and government actions have disfavored these possibilities by treating the internet like a content-delivery supply chain. I recommend that the internet be at the center of communications policy and that laws affecting internet access be evaluated in terms of whether they further U.S. economic growth by facilitating increased emergent online diversity. The article criticizes the nearly exclusive focus of communications policy on the private economic success of infrastructure and "application" providers, and suggests that communications policy be focused on facilitating communications themselves.

Keywords: cyberlaw, internet, communications law, complex systems, economic growth theory, network neutrality

Suggested Citation

Crawford, Susan P., The Internet and the Project of Communications Law (February 11, 2007). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=962594 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.962594

Susan P. Crawford (Contact Author)

Harvard University - Berkman Center for Internet & Society ( email )

Harvard Law School
23 Everett, 2nd Floor
Cambridge, MA 02138
United States

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