Showbiz Sandbox 271: A Brief History of Net Neutrality

March 2, 2015


Last week the Federal Communications Commission approved new rules that will regulate broadband Internet service and enforce net neutrality. Just in case you’re still trying to decipher the net neutrality news, Jonathan Strickland, a senior writer for How Stuff Works, explains exactly what it is how the issue has evolved over time, starting in the 19th-century with laws designed to govern railroads.

Another hot topic in Hollywood lately has been the executive shuffle taking place at several studios. Former Fox exec Tom Rothman will take over for the recently departed Amy Pascal as head honcho of Sony Pictures, while Paramount begins its own search for a new leader after the departure of Adam Goodman.

Surely all of these moguls would be quick to assure you that Will Smith is indeed a movie star despite a few recent box office duds, yet as his latest film hits theaters news stories abound asking whether the actor can still open a movie.

Of course, we also cover the week’s top entertainment news stories including the Blade Runner sequel moves forward, Pee Wee Herman brings his playhouse to Netflix and Disney reboots Ducktales.


Jonathan Strickland on How Stuff Works

Jonathan Strikland’s TechStuff Podcast

China Monthly Box Office Tops U.S. for First Time Ever

‘Focus’ Takes Top Box-Office Spot

Will Smith Box Office Grosses

Not Even Will Smith Can Open A Movie Anymore

Tom Rothman Lands Top Job at Sony’s Motion Picture Group

Tom Rothman, New Sony Pictures Chair, Brings Big-Budget Track Record

Paramount Shake-Up: Adam Goodman Prepares to Exit as Film Group President

DreamWorks Animation Posts $247.7 Million Loss After ‘Penguins’ Flop, Company Restructuring

DreamWorks Animation Takes $57M Write-Down on ‘Penguins of Madagascar’

DreamWorks Animation Is Selling Its Glendale Campus for $185 Million

‘The Daily Show’ Shakeup: Jason Jones Announces Departure Following Jon Stewart

TBS Greenlights Comedy Series From ‘The Daily Show’s’ Samantha Bee & Jason Jones

Disney XD To Reboot ‘Ducktales’ Animated Series For 2017 Launch

Hamilton Will Not Rush To Broadway

‘Blade Runner’ Sequel: Harrison Ford Confirmed; Denis Villeneuve In Talks To Direct

Music Industry Sets Friday as New Global Release Day

Lady Gaga to Star in ‘American Horror Story: Hotel’

U2’s ‘Songs of Innocence’ Stunt Paid Off After All

‘Pee-wee’s Big Holiday’ Movie Coming to Netflix

‘Empire’ Grows Yet Again as Season Finale Approaches

Fox Considering an Empire Concert Series

Empire Continues to Surge, Breaks On-Demand Record

F.C.C. Approves Net Neutrality Rules, Classifying Broadband Internet Service as a Utility

Why the F.C.C.’s Municipal-Broadband Ruling Matters, Too