Net Neutrality: From debate to policy decisions
After several years of discussions in academia, industry, and policymaking circles, the issue of net neutrality has taken center stage in debates on U.S. media and telecommunications. In February, cable providers Comcast and Time-Warner announced their intent to merge into a single company. And this spring, the FCC solicited public input on its proposed Open Internet Rules, and FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler has stated that he expects to have enforceable rules in place by the end of 2014. Under the new rules, "behavior harmful to consumers or competition by limiting the openness to the Internet will not be permitted." With these events as backdrop, the Abrams Institute at Yale Law School will host a panel discussion at the Century Club in New York, on the topic of net neutrality.
Panel speakers will include:
- Floyd Abrams (moderator), Partner at Cahill, Gordon and Reindel LLP
- Susan Crawford, Professor of Law, Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law, and author of Captive Audience: The Telecom Industry and Monopoly Power in the New Gilded Age (Yale, 2013).
- Victor Pickard, Assistant Professor, Annenberg School for Communication, University of Pennsylvania, and author of America's Battle for Media Democracy (Cambridge, 2014).
- Jan Rybnicek, Attorney Advisor, Federal Trade Commission
- Matthew Del Nero, Deputy Bureau Chief, Wireline Competition Bureau, Federal Communications Commission.
Breakfast will be available starting at 7:30 a.m. The program will begin promptly at 8:00 a.m. We will end promptly at 9:20 a.m. A fee of $35 per person will be charged to cover the cost of the continental breakfast. Register at http://abramsnetneutrality.eventbrite.com
Please call the Information Society Project at 203-432-4875 with questions about registering for the Breakfast. The registration deadline is Thursday, October 30.
Yale Law School has been certified by the New York State Continuing Legal Education Board as an Accredited Provider of CLE programs. One and one half (1.5) CLE credit hours in Professional Practice (corporate) will be available for this program, which is transitional and non-transitional in nature. Preregistration is required for CLE credit. Please note that New York State requires you to sign in and sign out, in order to receive a CLE Certificate of Attendance at the end of the program. Program reading materials are available online on the ISP’s website at http://isp.yale.edu/event/abrams-net-neutrality-debate-policy-decisions Scroll down to the bottom of the page. For more information about the Information Society Project, visit the website at www.isp.yale.edu.
Below are papers by Susan Crawford and Victor Pickard: