Susan P. Crawford
Harvard University - Berkman Center for Internet & Society
Journal on Telecommunications and High Technology Law, 2007
This essay suggests that how "the internet" is understood has substantial legal, social, and cultural consequences. Beginning in the 1940s, Netheads adopted an understanding of man-computer symbiosis that continues to be attractive to internet futurists. Later on, in the 1970s, Engineers addressed the architectural needs of the future in a concrete way, seeking to interconnect diverse networks. In recent years, the Telcos have increasingly taken the position that "the Internet" is no more than the sum of their privately-owned pipes and wires. These three different approaches to "the Internet" are now informing a complex and important public policy debate about "network neutrality."
Number of Pages in PDF File: 20
Keywords: cyberlaw, communications law, internet history, network neutrality
Date posted: February 14, 2007