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IJoC Publishes Special Section on Net Neutrality
Advocates of network neutrality in the U.S. won a major victory February 2015 when the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) voted to reclassify broadband Internet access services as telecommunications services—“policy speak” for codifying net neutrality rules into administrative practice. Although this victory has already withstood at least one judicial challenge, opponents are determined to take the dispute to the Supreme Court. Trying to understand more about the how of this landmark regulatory victory is important given that public interest policy battles are never over. Momentous wins like the 2015 FCC ruling are significant celebratory events in the otherwise mundane, yet vital, labors of policy advocacy—the ongoing struggles, efforts, and hard work essential for policy change.
Working for Internet Freedoms: Network Neutrality in the U.S. and the Labors of Policy Advocacy, guest-edited by Becky Lentz, McGill University, Canada, and Allison Perlman, University of California Irvine, is the latest Special Section of IJoC. Articles in this Special Section illuminate myriad strategies and tactics involved in policy advocacy as well as dynamics at play within and across advocacy organizations.
This Special Section contains 14 contributions by international scholars which includes: an editorial introduction that argues for enlarging the field of vision of media and communication studies to consider advocacy labor within the broader turn to studies of media labor; three interviews with key actors in the U.S. network neutrality struggle; a feature that takes a close look at a policy advocacy organization; seven original research papers, and two book review essays.
We invite you to read these articles that published in the International Journal of Communication on this U.S. Presidential Election Day, November 8, 2016. Please Ctrl+Click on the article title below for direct link to the paper of interest.
Working for Internet Freedoms: Network Neutrality in the U.S. and the Labors of Policy Advocacy—Introduction
Becky Lentz, Allison Perlman
The Role of the Networked Public Sphere in the U.S. Net Neutrality Policy Debate
Robert Faris, Hal Roberts, Bruce Etling, Dalia Othman, Yochai Benkler
Narrowing the Gap: Gender and Mobilization in Net Neutrality Advocacy
Deen Freelon, Amy B. Becker, Bob Lannon, Andrew Pendleton
From Net Neutrality to Net Equality