The NLG's Committee on Democratic Communications submitted comments to the Federal Communications Commission in the matter of Preserving the Open Internet Broadband Industry Practices. Michael Lee, a Guild attorney in Philadelphia and 2009 graduate of Drexel University School of Law, wrote the comments. The comments argue that on the internet, most problems that impact users' economic and social welfare, including constitutionally-protected speech, derive from the same source--a lack of competition on the last mile. (Last mile refers to that which telephone and cable telecommunication companies control.) Network Neutrality regulations are needed to separate ISPs as wholesale broadband internet providers from ISPs as "last mile" Internet providers in order to increase competition along the last mile and reduce fears of censorship and blocked access.
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