Alex is Public Knowledge’s Director of Policy and New Media. Before his position with PK, Alex developed an interest in public policy early in college. He interned for United States Senate Senator Mike DeWine — making DeWine the second U.S. Senator on the Internet by one day. He was asked to return in subsequent years and in addition to creating websites for both Senator DeWine and Senator George V. Voinovich, he also worked on legislative issues. While in law school, Alex clerked for the Antitrust Subcommittee of the Senate Judiciary Committee, working on issues such as Broadband, Digital Online Music, and Open Access. Alex graduated from Wake Forest University in 1998 with a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration. He later earned his Juris Doctorate in 2001 from the University of Akron School of Law, where he focused on intellectual property.
Topic: In this extended episode, Colette discusses the issue of “network neutrality” with Alex Curtis, of Public Knowledge, a Washington-based advocacy group. We address many issues of the net neutrality debate, including the meaning and importance of network neutrality, how it is both a consumer and a business issue, the history of telephone and cable regulations that helps explain why we’re in this situation today, principles that underscore the goals of network neutrality, the positions of advocates on the other side of the debate, and steps you can take to voice your opinions.
Links for this Episode
Profesor Tim Wu’s FAQ on network neutrality (a very complete FAQ with whitepapers to help people dig into the issue) Public Knowledge’s Net Neutrality Policy Blog SaveTheInternet.com (where a lot of the activism takes place) (also note how broad the support is for the SaveTheInternet effort) Hands Off the Internet (providing resources and information from those on the other side of the debate (this site is organized and run by the telcos and cable cos) YouTube videos (The video made by Alex has a great explanation of the potential problems if net neutrality is not enforced) This Spartan Life’s take (particularly timely with the recent release of Halo3) Ask A Ninja on Network Neutrality SSRN Papers from Economics of Networks (this links to a list of abstracts from the Social Science Research Network’s “Economics of Networks” subject list, which is edited by Nicholas Economides, Exec. Dir. of the Networks, Electronic Commerce, and Telecommunications Institute & Professor of Economics, New York University – Stern School of Business.
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