The GovLab Index on Internet Governance — Access

Please find below the latest installment in The GovLab Index series, inspired by the Harpers Index. “The GovLab Index on Internet Governance — Access” is the first in a series of Indexes that focus on the five main areas within Internet Governance: access, code, content, trust, and trade. This edition highlights events and public sentiment on net neutrality. Previous installments of the Index include Measuring Impact with Evidence, Open Data, The Data Universe, Participation and Civic Engagement and Trust in Institutions.

Also see the GovLab’s Selected Readings on Mapping the Internet Governance Ecosystem for an overview of the actors, processes, and challenges relating to Internet governance. 

  • Percent of the U.S. population that has access to two or fewer cable broadband providers: 96%
  • Increase in average speed of streaming on the Comcast Network for Netflix after the streaming company paid for a direction connection to the ISP: 65%
  • Percent of U.S. Internet users who would switch to another service provider if their ISP violated network neutrality: 71%
    • Those who would complain to the ISP: 70%
    • How many would complain to Congress/FCC: 46%
  • Number of Americans surveyed who stated that government should not allow paid prioritization deals: 58%
  • How many times television news programs covered net neutrality between January 1 and May 12 of 2014: 25 times, less than 1% of all programs reviewed
  • When did Chile adopt the first ever network neutrality law: in 2010
  • When the “Marco Civil,” the first Internet Bill of Rights including net neutrality, was signed into law in Brazil: April 2014 (during the NETMundial Global Multistakeholder Meeting on the Future of Internet Governance)
    • Number of participants at NETMundial including academia, government, the technical community, and civil society: 1480
    • Number of countries the participants came from: 97
    • Number of remote hubs for participation: 30
  • When did the US Federal Communications Commission (FCC) issue the Open Internet Order: December 2010
  • Date when the Open Internet rules were overturned by the D.C. Circuit: January 2014
  • Release of FCC’s new proposal allowing fast and slow lanes online and questions about Title II reclassification: May 2014
  • Date when the Online Competition and Consumer Choice Act is introduced to stop paid prioritization online: June 2014
  • Number of public comments received by the FCC on the issue of network neutrality: 1.1 million
    • Number of public comments available for bulk download by the public as of August 4, 2014: 475,280
    • Size of the data: over 1.4 GB
    • Most vocal neighborhood on the issue of net neutrality in the country based on public comments to the FCC: downtown Washington D.C., with 1 comment filed per 22 residents
    • Top three cities that filed the most comments based on self-reported zip codes: Washington D.C., San Francisco, Chicago
    • States with the most comments filed: California (76,857), New York (33, 158), Texas (26,687)


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