Background

The Federal Communications Commission: National Broadband Plan
Home page of the FCC’s plan to allow high speed Internet access to the public, released in March 2010 and updated with new developments.

What does the Open Internet mean?
This FCC’s page on Open Internet, also known as Net Neutrality, the concept that web consumers can go where they want, when they want. This includes the February 2015 ruling to protect free expression and innovation.

Pew Research Center’s Internet & American Life Project
Research about the Internet, Science and Technology in the United States.

Net Neutrality – New York Times
The New York Times archive of articles and commentary on the concept of Net Neutrality.

Net Neutrality – The White House
This page summarizes President Barack Obama’s plan for a free and open internet.

Senate votes to ban internet access taxes
CNN article from February 2016 summarizes the 75-20 vote to bar local and state governments from taxing Internet access.

Critics

FCC Commissioner says Internet access is not a basic human right
CNSNews.com reports on FCC Commissioner Michael O’Rielly’s comments before the Internet Innovation Alliance in June 2015.

The Internet as a Human Right debate
The Benton Foundation’s Kevin Taglang summarizes the arguments on both sides of the debate, including opposing views by FCC Commissioners O’Rielly and Mignon Clyburn.

Google VP says Internet access is not a human right
This January 2012 editorial from the New York Times shares the views of Google’s Vinton Cerf, who has been called a father of the Internet.

Net Neutrality Nonsense
Brent Skorup of George Mason University wrote this op-ed for Reason.com in 2014. He feels that Net Neutrality could undermine the next great internet innovation.

Big companies sue government over new rules
CNN report on how Verizon and AT&T were two of the groups suing to block the new FCC rules in 2015.

The Case for Taxing E-Mail
The New York Times Idea of the Day op-ed for May 26, 2009.

Champions

Save the Internet.com
A website dedicated to the protection of the open Internet, including a timeline of the Net Neutrality battle in Congress.

A Human Right
This organization, based in San Francisco, believes that access to the Internet is a human right.  Find out why at this link to their website.

Amnesty International weighs in
Scott Edwards responds to Vinton Cerf’s 2012 opinion in this post on the Human Rights Now blog.

Internet Access is a Fundamental Right
A BBC News article from 2010 that discusses the results of an Internet access survey given to people around the world.

Is Internet Access A Human Right? Top 10 Nations That Say Yes.
The Christian Science Monitor article from 2010 on which countries believe that accessing the Internet is a right.

Related Topics

Maine’s broadband initiative
The State of Maine’s home page for ConnectME, with regular updates on the effort to roll out rural broadband infrastructure throughout the state.

Living Ethics: Across Media Platforms
Link to Oxford University Press’s description of Michael Bugeja’s textbook, referenced in Case 2 as a comprehensive book on media convergence and ethics.

Gigi Sohn – defender of consumer digital rights
FCC.gov biography and blog home of Ms. Sohn, who is quoted in Case 2. After years of advocating through the organization Public Knowledge, she joined FCC head Tom Wheeler as Counselor to the Chairman.

Broadband still is not available to 16 million Americans
Digital Trends.com summarizes an FCC report from February 2016 on the availability of broadband service in the U.S.

Netflix throttling itself is not a violation
Ars Technica.com reports on March 2016 concerns about Netflix reducing video quality on some mobile networks and FCC Chairman Wheeler’s response.

Other

John Oliver’s take on Net Neutrality
The host of HBO’s Last Week Tonight gives a humorous but intriguing look in June 2014 at the open internet discussion. Contains some profanity (video).

Confronting the Internet’s Dark Side
Author Raphael Cohen-Almagor talks about his book, Confronting the Internet’s Dark Side: Moral and Social Responsibility on the Free Highway, published in 2015 and referenced in Case 2 (video).

Internet Code of Conduct
The Internet Society shares its code based on the concept that the Internet is for everyone.