The emergence of the Internet as the dominant means of communication over the past decade represents one of the most remarkable developments of our nation's technological history. A medium that began as a way for academics to send e-mail and exchange files has become a nearly ubiquitous phenomenon that has transformed almost every aspect of daily life.
The vision of the Internet as it existed in the late 1990s continues to serve as the starting point for current debates over communications policy. In framing the issues in this manner, policymakers overlook important changes in the economic and technological environment surrounding the Internet, including:
* The number and nature of Internet users
* The nature and variety of Internet applications
* The variety of networking and end user technologies
* The diversity of business relationships
* The maturation of the industry
In this lecture, delivered on April 21, 2009, Professor Christopher Yoo of the University of Pennsylvania Law School analyzed the nature of these changes and explored their potential for reframing current debates over Internet policy.