After Net Neutrality A New Deal for the Digital Age Victor Pickard, David Elliot Berman

The Future Series
Publication date:
14 Jan 2020
Yale University Press
192 pages: 178 x 127 x 21mm
4 b-w illus.
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A provocative analysis of net neutrality and a call to democratize online communication
This short book is both a primer that explains the history and politics of net neutrality and an argument for a more equitable framework for regulating access to the internet. Pickard and Berman argue that we should not see internet service as a commodity but as a public good necessary for sustaining democratic society in the twenty-first century. They aim to reframe the threat to net neutrality as more than a conflict between digital leviathans like Google and internet service providers like Comcast but as part of a much wider project to commercialize the public sphere and undermine the free speech essential for democracy. Readers will come away with a better understanding of the key concepts underpinning the net neutrality battle and rallying points for future action to democratize online communication.

Victor Pickard is an associate professor at the University of Pennsylvania’s Annenberg School for Communication. He is the author of America’s Battle for Media Democracy. David Elliot Berman is a doctoral candidate at the University of Pennsylvania’s Annenberg School for Communication. His research focuses on the political economy of new media.

“An essential primer and a great read. Highly recommended."—Tim Wu, author of The Master Switch: The Rise and Fall of Information Empires

"Pickard and Berman have written the best introduction to net neutrality and the broader policymaking surrounding the internet that I have ever read. It is perfect for students or citizens eager to understand some of the most important issues of our times. Must reading."—Robert W. McChesney, author of Digital Disconnect: How Capitalism is Turning the Internet Against Democracy

"Want to know how the internet went from democracy's promise to democracy’s peril? It's all right here in an eminently readable and essential book.  And a plan for action, too!"—Hon. Michael J. Copps, former FCC Commissioner