Denver Partner Thomas A. Dougherty was recently quoted in the Law 360 article “Net Neutrality Sunset Could Boost Online Sports Betting.”
The article explores one of the most surprising winners of net neutrality deregulation, online sports betting. Dougherty noted that the end of net neutrality on June 11 dovetails with the recent Supreme Court decision to strike down a federal law prohibiting states from legalizing gambling. The timing of the decision is interesting, but not necessarily directly correlated to the June deadline, he said.
The new rules could potentially open the door for online sports betting sites to take advantage of higher priced, priority “fast lane” access from internet service providers (ISPs). Dougherty warned that ISPs must balance the benefits of a “pay to play” system that favors companies willing to pay for faster internet, such as sports betting sites, with individual consumers’ needs and public perception of such a deal.