The Digital Policy Institute Presents:

The Internet Neutrality Court Appeal: Analyzing the Arguments


Press Release:

In March of this year, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) adopted its “Open Internet” decision – the product of an agency rulemaking proceeding launched following the January 2014 court of appeals rejection of the FCC’s earlier “net neutrality” rules. The 400-page FCC decision recasts the FCC’s net neutrality rules and premises them on several parts of its statutory authority, including Title II of the Communications Act, under which the FCC could impose “Common Carrier” regulation of broadband services. The order has been appealed to the D.C. Circuit and both the Petitioners and the FCC have filed their first round of briefs, making their best arguments in defense of their respective positions. Moderated by Digital Policy Institute senior fellow Barry Umansky, this webinar will dive into the issues on appeal, the FCC’s arguments in defense of them and the legal challenges made by the Petitioners. Our legal, regulatory and policy experts will offer their insights on the merits of the arguments from both sides of the issue.

Moderated by Digital Policy Institute senior fellow Barry Umansky. Barry is a Senior Fellow and Senior Policy Counsel at the Digital Policy Institute and Professor of Telecommunications at Ball State University. He also represents the Digital Policy Institute on the FCC's Consumer Advisory Committee

Panelists Include:

    Stuart Brotman, J.D.--Lecturer on Law at Harvard Law School and Nonresident Senior Fellow at the Center for Technology Innovation at The Brookings Institution, Washington, DC
  • Andrew J. Schwartzman, J.D.--Benton Senior Counselor and Lecturer in Law at the Communications and Technology Law Clinic at Georgetown University’s Institute for Public Representation, Washington, DC
  • Brent Skorup, J.D.--Research Fellow in the Technology Policy Program of the Mercatus Center at George Mason University, Arlington, VA.
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