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Melodie Virtue

is a principal in Foster Garvey’s Washington, D.C. office, where she serves as co-chair of the firm’s communications, telecom & media group.

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Recent Articles by Melodie Virtue

Net Neutrality: How Recent Developments Could Affect Content Companies and Other IP-Intensive Businesses 

Net neutrality provides that all ISPs should provide equal access to content, at an equal speed, without discrimination against particular sources, thereby preventing broadband providers from blocking, slowing down or charging money for specific content. Proponents of net neutrality point out the importance of equal access to consumers on the internet for companies creating content and intellectual property on the internet, while opponents view FCC regulations as overreaching and unnecessary. Whether through national legislation, a change in FCC position or state laws and the accompanying lawsuits, the debate regarding net neutrality is not over yet and the year ahead will likely hold many new developments.