Net Neutrality Tech Debate – Tuesday 11/17

tech debateOn Nov. 17 2009, in advance of the NYC  Council hearing on the same topic, and in conjunction with Web 2.0 Expo, an ‘Oxford Style’ debate was held on advisability of Network Neutrality regulation.

More info: http://tech-debate.com.

Video is below.

The Event

The debate was held on November 17th at the IAC Building, 555 W 18th St NYC.

The Debaters

Against

* James Assey – Executive Vice President, National Cable and Telecommunications Association
* Robert Quinn – Senior Vice President-Federal Regulatory, AT&T
* Christopher Yoo – Professor of Law and Communication; Director, Center for Technology, Innovation, and Competition, UPenn Law

For

* Tim Wu – Coined the term “Network Neutrality”; Professor of Law, Columbia Law
* Brad Burnham – VC, Union Square Ventures
* Nicholas Economides – Professor of Economics, Stern School of Business, New York University.

3 Comments »

  1. Comment by jolyNo Gravatar

    According to Wired.com:

    The proposed text of the FCC rules:

    1. Subject to reasonable network management, a provider of
    broadband Internet access service may not prevent any of its users
    from sending or receiving the lawful content of the user’s choice over
    the Internet.

    2. Subject to reasonable network management, a provider of
    broadband Internet access service may not prevent any of its users
    from running the lawful applications or using the lawful services of
    the user’s choice.

    3. Subject to reasonable network management, a provider of
    broadband Internet access service may not prevent any of its users
    from connecting to and using on its network the user’s choice of
    lawful devices that do not harm the network.

    4. Subject to reasonable network management, a provider of
    broadband Internet access service may not deprive any of its users of
    the user’s entitlement to competition among network providers,
    application providers, service providers, and content
    providers.

    5. Subject to reasonable network management, a provider of
    broadband Internet access service must treat lawful content,
    applications, and services in a nondiscriminatory manner.

    6. Subject to reasonable network management, a provider of
    broadband Internet access service must disclose such information
    concerning network management and other practices as is reasonably
    required for users and content, application, and service providers to
    enjoy the protections specified in this part.

    Carriers, however, are still able use “reasonable network management”
    to control their networks. And the needs of law enforcement and
    “homeland security” also trump these rules.

    Reasonable network management consists of: (a) reasonable
    practices employed by a provider of broadband Internet access service
    to (i) reduce or mitigate the effects of congestion on its network or
    to address quality-of-service concerns; (ii) address traffic that is
    unwanted by users or harmful; (iii) prevent the transfer of unlawful
    content; or (iv) prevent the unlawful transfer of content; and (b)
    other reasonable network management practices.

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