The Internet and the Project of Communications Law
The internet offers the potential for economic growth stemming from online human communications, but recent industry and government actions have disfavored these possibilities by treating the internet like a content-delivery supply chain. This article recommends that the internet be at the center of communications policy and that laws affecting internet access be evaluated in terms of whether they further U.S. economic growth by facilitating increased emergent online diversity. It criticizes the nearly exclusive focus of communications policy on the private economic success of infrastructure and “application” providers, and suggests that communications policy be focused on facilitating communications themselves.
Date of this Version
Susan P. Crawford, "The Internet and the Project of Communications Law" (February 11, 2007). bepress Legal Series. bepress Legal Series.Working Paper 1996.