John Bergmayer (@bergmayer) is a Senior Staff Attorney at Public Knowledge, specializing in telecommunications, Internet, and intellectual property issues. He advocates for the public interest before courts and policymakers, and works to make sure that all stakeholders--including ordinary citizens, artists, and technological innovators--have a say in shaping emerging digital policies.
In this episode we discussed:
- a brief history of net neutrality, what it means and how we got to where we are today.
- what "zero rating" is and how it affects media diversity, competition and consumers.
- how Comcast's Stream TV may violate one of the promises Comcast made in exchange for the FCC's approval of its merger with NBC/Universal in 2011.
- the factors the FCC will use to determine whether Comcast's "Stream TV" violates the FCC's net neutrality rules.
Public Knowledge's FCC Complaint Regarding Comcast's Stream TV Service
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