NET NEUTRALITY PAPER

Guidelines for the Persuasive-Argumentative Paper on Net Neutrality

1) Read the selections from the home page for this assignment

2) Choose a position either for net neutrality or against net neutrality.

3) Example paragraphs can be of two types:

a) the example paragraph can provide evidence that supports your position.

b) the example paragraph can criticize the evidence that the opposing side(s) uses to argue its position.

4) You may argue by analogy with respect to any other business model or public service that you wish.

5) In your conclusion present what you think should be the solution to the problem of how the Internet's infrastructure should be maintained

6) All outside research should be referenced using MLA parenthetical citation. For details go here.


Assignment #1 [15 pts.] Read the following:

a) Frequently Asked Questions from "Save the Internet.com"

b) The Net Neutrality Debate: You Pay, You Play? [CIO Magazine blog] by Ben Worthen [April 15, 2006]

c) What is Net Neutrality? Who Will Be Affected? by Don Dodge on The Next Big Thing? [Microsoft Emerging Business Team] June 9, 2006

d) What is Net Neutrality? Third Party and Independents blog June 1, 2006

e) Congress Addresses Net Neutrality in Telecommunications Bill for the Online News Hour [June 22, 2006]

Write a 500 word detailed discussion of what "net neutrality" is and what you see as the main issues relating to this subject. Try to use the information in the source material and not necessarily write this off the top of your head according to what you know about "net neutrality."


Assignment #2 [15 pts.] Read the following:

Net Neutrality Battle Widens from Wired News

f) Net Neutrality in one page—A Rebuttal by Chris Johns at Public Knowledge

g) Net Neutrality Video by Public Knowledge

h) How France Became a Leader in Offering Faster Broadband by Leila Abboud from The Wall Street Journal [March 28, 2006]

Write a 500 word detailed argument for why the concept of "net neutrailty should be preserved on the Internet. You must cite one or more sources (either from the readings above or from your own sources that you have researched.


Assignment #3 [15 pts.] Read the following:

i) Net Neutrality: Digital Discrimination or Regulkatory Gamesmanship in Cyberspace by Adam Thierer [CATO Institute]

j) Internet of the Future [short cartoon feature] by Hands Off the Internet

k) Experts Spaek Out Against Net Neutrality by Physorg.com [June 28, 2006]

Write a 500 word detailed argument for why the concept of "net neutrailty should not be given credence. You must cite one or more sources (either from the readings above or from your own sources that you have researched.


House Rejects Net Neutrality Rules by DeClan McCullough for C/Net News

Net Neutrality Reading Room [Center For Democracy and Technology]

The Broadband Debate: A User's Guide by Tim Wu Journal of Telecommunications and High Technology Law, Vol. 2, p. 141, 2005.

Net Neutrality Decentralized Information group [Timbi's Blog]

Congress Debates Network Neutrality News Hour Extra May 24.2006

Net Neutrality, France and iTunes from The Technology Liberation Front [March 21, 2006]

Net Neutrality by CyberTelecom,

Net Neutrality (as interpreted on the Daily Show by John Stewart)

Borland, John. "ISPs Complain They're shut Out of Cable Ads." CNET News 06/09/2001

Foremski, Tom. "Craig's List Is Being Blocked By Cox Interactive—Is This A Net Neutrality Issue? Silicon Valley Watcher 06/05/2006

Wu, Timothy. "Hearing on “Network Neutrality: Competition, Innovation, and Nondiscriminatory Access"  Testimony of Tim Wu, House Committee on The Juidiciary Telecom & Antitrust Task Force.

Abuses show Need for Net Neutrality [Common Dreams] [March 10, 2008]