LS305-01 Constitutional Law Unit 2 assignment

If there is a problem occurring today anyone with

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If there is a problem occurring today, anyone with access to the internet can speak about the issue and be heard by a larger audience than any of our founding fathers could have imagined. I could easily see them wanting a little more control due to the ability of anonymous people being able to discuss news from anywhere on the planet as it happens. This level of free speech could topple economies, governments and countries. But in the end, the people get what they want, like a government that adheres to our right to freedom of speech. We cannot take the right to free speech over the internet too lightly, as there have been several attempts by various parties to control what can be free on the internet. "   The Internet is a human
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LS305-01 Constitutional Law Unit 2 assignment institution, operated by real individuals and companies, and like most human institutions it is not static and unchanging. In fact, the history of the Internet as a mass public communications medium has been marked by two stages — and ongoing changes to the underlying architecture of the Internet, combined with a recent landmark court decision, may now be bringing us into a third stage" (ACLU, 2012). "In the first two stages, the freedom and openness of the Internet was protected by rules of “network neutrality.” In the first stage, the era of dial-up access, those rules were written into the laws that covered the telephone network. In the second stage—what we might call the “early broadband era,” a de facto continuation of those rules resulted from the constant vigilance and loud campaigning of Internet activists, combined with growing interest on the part of government officials and companies’ wariness of provoking new rules. But the giant for-profit companies that now dominate Internet access do not want to be constrained by network neutrality rules. Their interest is in assuming more control over how the Internet is used and they
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  • Fall '12
  • First Amendment to the United States Constitution, Constitutional Law Unit, LS305-01 Constitutional Law

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