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Protest at the White House for Net Neutrality by Joseph Gruber (CC BY-ND 2.0)

Net Neutrality and Netflix Taxes: The Tension Between Government and Regulatory Agencies on Digital Policy

U.S. President Barack Obama yesterday came out strongly in favour of net neutrality, urging the U.S. Federal Communications Commission to uphold core net neutrality principles. Obama’s comments was unsurprisingly welcomed by net neutrality activists throughout the U.S., though some caution that the ultimate decision still lies with the regulatory agency. Obama focused on greater transparency along with rules to ensure no blocking, throttling, and paid prioritization. I wrote earlier this year on how Canada passed net neutrality regulations (termed Internet traffic management practices) in 2009, which address many of the issues raised by Obama and has not resulted in the horrors suggested by critics of net neutrality policy.

Obama’s decision to wade into the net neutrality debate highlights how politicians can no longer simply avoid telecom, broadcast, and Internet issues by claiming that the matter is solely for regulators to determine. Policy issues such as net neutrality and Internet regulation have profound importance for millions and we should not be content to leave the issue exclusively to unelected regulators (no matter transparent their processes).

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November 11, 2014 2 comments News

Obama and Calderon Back Quick Conclusion to ACTA Talks

U.S. President Barack Obama and Mexican President Felipe Calderón issued a joint statement this week that touched on ACTA, reaffirming "their commitment to the negotiation of the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement and charged their administrations to conclude these negotiations soon."

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May 21, 2010 2 comments News

U.S. on ACTA: Full Steam Ahead

This has been a remarkable two weeks for those tracking the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement, as the proposed treaty has begun to attract attention at the highest political levels.  The European Union has undergone the greatest change.  First, the identification of the transparency holdouts led to a unanimous EU position favouring release of the text.  This week, EC Commissioner for Trade Karel De Gucht stated: "I will see to it that at the next negotiating round, in April, the Commission will vigorously push its negotiating partners to agree to release the text."  This leaves the U.S., South Korea, and Singapore as the remaining barriers to full transparency.  Second, this week's European Parliament resolution places the European Commission on the defensive with respect to ACTA.  The negotiations will continue, but Europe clearly faces internal challenges in the ACTA process.

The U.S. response to the European developments came yesterday, as President Obama reiterated his support for finishing ACTA.  In comments on IP enforcement, Obama discussed the need to "aggressively protect" IP, pointing specifically to ACTA.  The reference to ACTA was clearly meant to send a strong signal that the U.S. intends to continue its push for a treaty. Indeed, the U.S. has not changed its position on anything with respect to ACTA – it is one of the lone holdouts on the issue of transparency and its negotiating position on the text itself has not moved much through almost two years of negotiations.  Consider the Civil Enforcement chapter, which was first proposed by the U.S. in July 2008 at the second round of ACTA talks in Washington.  The recent leak of the latest version of the chapter shows that practically nothing has changed:

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March 12, 2010 26 comments News

Obama Reinforces Support for Net Neutrality

U.S. President Barack Obama has reinforced his support for net neutrality.  When asked about the issue, he responded "I’m a big believer in Net Neutrality. I campaigned on this. I continue to be a strong supporter of it. My FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski has indicated that he shares the view […]

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February 2, 2010 1 comment News

Obama Administration Confirms ACTA Support

The Obama Administration has confirmed its support for continuing the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement negotiations.  The next round of talks are set for July in Morocco.  The U.S. hopes to conclude the deal by 2010.

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June 12, 2009 Comments are Disabled News