On Friday Jan 13 2017 outgoing FCC Chair Tom Wheeler gave his final public address in the post – Communications at a Crossroads: Charting the Course Forward – at the Aspen Institute in Washington DC. He noted the many achievements during his term, including the Open Internet Order. He spoke passionately and forcefully about the importance of strong net neutrality rules to preserve the Open Internet as a platform for free expression and innovation, suggesting that the rules are working well, and that, historically, such constraints were always required on dominant networks. He also emphasized the vital civic role the FCC has to play in protecting privacy and security of US communications. See below:
Last Thursday 6 October 2016 the Geneva Internet Platform presented a webinar Net neutrality in Europe: The BEREC guidelines and beyond. Mr Frode Sørensen, Senior Adviser at Norwegian Communications Authority (Nkom) presented an overview of the recently published Body of European Regulators for Electronic Communications set of Guidelines on the Implementation by National Regulatory Authorities (NRAs) of European Network Neutrality Rules. The BEREC guidelines are aimed at assisting national regulatory authorities in implementing their net neutrality-related obligations according to the new EU regulations (2015/2120), including by closely monitoring and ensuring ‘compliance with the rules to safeguard equal and non-discriminatory treatment of traffic in the provision of Internet access services and related end-user rights’. The Guidelines were received with enthusiasm by civil society – some of whom see them as a win for net neutrality in the EU – and with a degree of reticence by telecom operators – some of whom argue that most of their concerns have not been taken into account. Regulators say their guidelines have found a balanced solution within the frames set out by the regulation, indicated by the observation that both camps in the debate seem equally (un)happy. Mr Sørensen provided a snapshot of the BEREC’s net neutrality guidelines, and reflected on their effect on commercial practices such as zero rating, traffic management of internet access services, the issue of specialised services, and the innovation and rights of Internet users, as well as questions raised by the participants. An edited version of the webinar will be streamed at 1pm EDT today Monday October 10 2016 on the Internet Society Livestream Channel
On March 30 2015 Mobile Monday DC presented Mobility and the Open Internet at Arent Fox LLP in Washington DC assessed how the FCC Open Internet Order will affect the mobile industry. The Order will include, for the first time, obligations and restrictions for wireless carriers. The panel represented a stakeholder cross-section – small carriers, lobbyists, and content/application providers. Speakers: Dan Johnson, VP, Policy, Computer & Communications Industry Association (CCIA); Jon Potter, President, Application Developers Alliance; Aaron Saunders, CEO, Clearly Innovative; Eric Wolf, VP Technology Strategy & Management, PBS. Moderator: Stephanie Joyce, Arent Fox. The event was webcast live on the Internet Society Livestream Channel. Video is below.
To amend the Communications Act of 1934 to ensure Internet openness, to prohibit blocking lawful content and non-harmful devices, to prohibit throttling data, to prohibit paid prioritization, to require transparency of network management practices, to provide that broadband shall be considered to be an information service, and to prohibit the Commission or a State commission from relying on section 706 of the Telecommunications Act of 1996 as a grant of authority.
Video is below. Speaker indexes are available in the YouTube descriptions.
View on Youtube: http://youtu.be/uP_dxvXzVwI Transcribe on AMARA: http://www.amara.org/en/videos/21PwAWRTWXm0/ Witnesses: Michael Powell – President and CEO, National Cable & Telecommunications Association; Chad Dickerson – CEO, Etsy; Paul Misener – Vice President of Global Public Policy, Amazon Inc; Jessica Gonzalez – Executive Vice President and General Counsel, National Hispanic Media Coalition; Dr. Nicol Turner-Lee – Vice President and Chief Research and Policy Officer, Minority Media & Telecom Council; Meredith Atwell Baker, President and CEO, CTIA-The Wireless Association
View on Youtube: http://youtu.be/vefwMem49KM Transcribe on AMARA: http://www.amara.org/en/videos/DwK4KMPgaQWf/ Witnesses: Meredith Attwell Baker – President and CEO, CTIA-The Wireless Association; Gene Kimmelman – President and CEO, Public Knowledge; Robert McDowell – Senior Fellow, Hudson Institute; Paul Misener – Vice President, Global Public Policy, Amazon Inc.; Tom Simmons – Senior Vice President of Public Policy, Midcontinent Communications; Dr. Nicol Turner-Lee – Vice President & Chief Research and Policy Officer, Minority Media & Telecommunications Council
In 2014 the Dynamic Coalition followed up with its second report Network Neutrality: an Ongoing Regulatory Debate. The report, which includes a preface by Vint Cerf, offers a collection of independent analyses exploring existing and proposed regulatory approaches to net neutrality and scrutinising the economic justifications that support the network neutrality principle.
On Thursday December 11 2014 the Village Independent Democrats presented Tim Wu speaking on “Net Neutrality and You” at the St. John’s Lutheran Church Annex in Greenwich Village NYC. Tim Wu coined the expression “Net Neutrality” – the principle that Internet service providers should offer equal access to all content and applications and equal service to all users. While the Obama administration embraces this concept and considers the internet a public utility, there are powerful lobbies and a Republican-dominated Congress that could block or severely modify Net Neutrality. Professor Wu’s talk explained how net neutrality benefits American consumers and the American economy. The talk was webcast live by ISOC-NY via YouTube. HD video is below
Today Thursday 20 November 2014 TechFreedom, the Progressive Policy Institute, and the Heritage Foundation present The Great Net Neutrality Debate: Should the FCC Ban Paid Prioritization?. A panel will tackle questions: Should the FCC ban paid prioritization, or merely police it? What authority, if any, should the FCC use? Should the FCC “reclassify” broadband as a Title II common carrier service, regulate broadband under Title I using the powers it has claimed under Section 706, or await further Congressional instructions? Speakers: Marvin Ammori, Fellow, New America Foundation (@ammori); Jonathan Baker, Professor of Law, American University (@jbbecon); Hal Singer, Progressive Policy Institute (@HalSinger); and Berin Szoka, TechFreedom (@BerinSzoka). Moderator: Amy Schatz (Re/code). The event will be webcast live via TechFreedom.
On November 10 2014 President Obama issued a statement of support for net neutrality, invoking four “bright line” rules: No blocking; No throttling; Increased transparency; and No paid prioritization. Later in the day Senior Advisor for Technology and Economic Policy David Edelman did aReddit AMA to answer questions about the statement. Video of Obama’s comments about his statement is below. It has English closed captions.
Today, Wednesday August 27 2014, the ISOC-NY TV show will present the full version of NY Lieutenant Governor candidate Tim Wu‘s talk Net Neutrality & the Politics Of Entrepreneurshipat General Assembly NYC on August 14 2014. In the talk, co-sponsored by the Legal Hackers NYC, Tim Wu, the “father” of Net Neutrality, discusses political issues affecting entrepreneurs and the creative class. Topics include Net Neutrality, regulation of small business, immigration policy, political corruption, and ways that you get can involved in politics and policy formation. The show, which airs from 2-3pm, may be viewed via Manhattan Cable or online via the MNN website. Video of the talk is posted below.
On Tuesday July 29 2014 at 7pm the Internet Society New York Chapter (ISOC-NY) is happy, along with our colleagues at Legal Hackers NYC, and Launch LM, co-sponsored Tech Tuesdays at the Seaport: Net Neutrality in a Non-Neutral Net at the South Street Seaport NYC. Panel: Bruce Kushnick, Executive Director, New Networks Institute; David Pashman, General Counsel, Meetup; Jonathan Askin, Founder/Director, Brooklyn Law Incubator & Policy Clinic; Althea Erickson, Policy Director, Etsy. Moderator was Nilay Patel, Editor-in-chief, The Verge. Video is below.
On June 11 2014 the Aspen Institute Communications and Society Program hosted a panel Getting Serious on the Net Neutrality Debate tackling questions: How do we assure an open Internet that gives the consumer access to all content while also giving the customer high quality of service for the content they do want? Who should bear what costs? What will foster investment, innovation, choice, and freedom on the Internet? What are the long term solutions? Speakers: Jim Cicconi, senior executive vice president – external and legislative affairs, AT&T; Anna-Maria Kovacs, visiting senior policy scholar, Georgetown University Center for Business and Public Policy; Blair Levin, Fellow, Aspen Institute Communications and Society Program; Chris Libertelli, vice president – Global Government Relations, Netflix; and Tim Wu, professor of law, Columbia Law School. Moderator was Charles Firestone, executive director, Aspen Institute Communications and Society Program. It was streamed live via YouTube. Video is below.
Reed Hastings, CEO of Netflix & Brian Roberts, his counterpart at Comcast, were both speakers at the recent Code Conference in Rancho Palos Verdes CA. Both were closely questioned about their interconnection disputes and network neutrality. Re/code has edited their responses into a 5 minute video. See below.
On Tuesday January 14 2014 the D.C. Circuit Court issued its ruling on the the FCC’s Open Internet rules aka Net Neutrality. On Friday January 17 2014 Congressional Internet Caucus Advisory Committee (ICAC) hosted a discussion – D.C. Circuit Decision on FCC Open Internet Rules: Net Neutrality Win or Loss? – in Washington DC. Panelists: Markham Erickson, Partner, Steptoe & Johnson; Russell Hanser, Partner, Wilkinson Barker Knauer ; Matt Wood, Policy Director, Free Press ; and Christopher Yoo, University of Pennsylvania Law School. Moderator: David Sohn, Center for Democracy & Technology (CDT). The event was webcast live by C-SPAN. Video/audio is below. The C-SPAN link includes a transcript and a timeline.
On September 9 2013, the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals hears oral arguments in Verizon v. FCC. The court is being asked to decide whether Internet access providers (Comcast, Verizon) should be subject to the FCC’s “Open Internet” rules adopted in December 2010. Verizon argues that the FCC doesn’t have statutory authority to regulate Internet access, because the Commission has labeled Internet access an unregulated “information service” rather than a regulated common carriage service under the Telecommunications Act of 1996. It will also argue that Verizon is a First Amendment speaker that should have “editorial discretion” over Internet traffic that passes through its wires. A recording of the oral argument is available online today here.
Also on September 9, to coincide, over a dozen organizations including Free Press, Public Knowledge, ColorOfChange, Center for Media Justice, and Future of Music Coalition joined in launching the film.The Internet Must Go, a short online mockumentary using Colbert-style interviews with Internet luminaries to expose the absurdity of familiar arguments against net neutrality. View below.
The annual Internet Days Conference is underway in Stockholm (Oct 22-24 2012). There is a live webcast, most of which – but not all – is in Swedish. Stockholm is 6 hours ahead of NYC, or UTC+2.
Jan Flodin of ISOC-SE is conducting a session on Net Neutrality on Wednesday at 15:10 (0910EDT|1310UTC) in which he will skype in ETNO President Luigi Gambardella. This session has its own twitter tag #ind12nn for submitting comments and questions.
• Robert C. Atkinson – Director of Policy Research, CITI
• Eli Noam – Director, CITI
• Yves Gassot, CEO, Digiworld byIDATE
2. Business Models for Network Operators in an OTT World
• Raul Katz – Director, Business Strategy Research, CITI
• Vincent Bonneau, Head of the Internet Department, IDATE (France)
• Jacquelynn Ruff, VP International Public Policy,Verizon (USA)
• Stephane Dufour, CSO, Swisscom (Switzerland)
• Paul Budde, Managing Director, BuddeCom (Australia)
• Yu-li Liu, Professor, National Chengchi University (Former NCC Commissioner) (Taiwan)
• Simon Wilkie – Former Chief Economist, FCC
3. Sen. Stephen Conroy, Minister for Broadband, Communications and the Digital Economy and Member of the UN Broadband Commission for Digital Development (Australia)
4. The Impact of OTT on Traditional National Networks and Media
Moderator: Judith D. O’Neill – COO, CMAS Holdings
• Gabrielle Gauthey, EVP Alcatel Lucent (France)
• Emmanuel Rochas, SVP & Head of the Strategy, Telecom France Orange (France)
• Henning Schulzrinne, Chief Technologist, FCC (USA)
• Richard S. Whitt, VP, Public Policy & Government Relations, Motorola Mobility (USA)
• Matthias Kurth, former President, Federal Network Agency (Germany)
5. Hon. Lawrence Strickling, Administrator, National Telecommunications & Information Administration (USA)
6. Regulation of Over-the-Top Services: Should National Regulation and the ITRs Be Expanded Beyond Networks to Include Applications?
Moderator: Robert Pepper, Senior Managing Director of Advanced Technology Policy, Cisco
• Roland Doll, VP International Governmental Affairs, Deutsche Telekom (Germany)
• Amb. David Gross, Wiley & Rein (former U.S. Coordinator for International Communications and Information Policy, Department of State) (USA)
• Leonard J. Cali, SVP, Global Public Policy, AT&T (USA)
• Chris Libertelli, Head of Global Public Policy, Netflix (USA)
• Carlos Raul Gutierrez, President of the Council – SUTEL (Costa Rica)
• Mark Cooper, Director of Research, Consumer Federation of America
• Sally Wentworth, Senior Manager of Public Policy, Internet Society
• David J. Farber, Trustee, Internet Society
7. Hamadoun Touré, Secretary-General of the International Telecommunication Union (ITU)
8. Financial Implications and Investor Reactions
Moderator: Robert C. Atkinson
• Craig Moffett, Senior Analyst, Bernstein Research (USA)
• Lorenzo Pupillo, Executive Director, Public & Regulatory Affairs, Telecom Italia (Italy)
• François Barrault, Chairman, IDATE (France)
As the WCIT approaches the ETNO (the former state telco’s in Europe) have issued ‘contribution 109′ arguing that they should be compensated by content owners for carrying their traffic – an end run around net neutralirty. The European chapters of the Internet Society have reacted with this statement (below or PDF)
The award winning network neutrality advocacy film Barbershop Punk will have its NYC Theatrical Premiere on Friday Nov. 11 2011 at the reRun Theater in DUMBO, Brooklyn. There will be two screenings on Friday, both followed by brief panels. The film will continue to be screened nightly until Thursday Nov. 17. Tickets. Trailer is below:
As the net neutrality issue continues to be debated in the UK, a group of content/application providers have commissioned a study on the topic – The open internet – a platform for growth aka the Plum Report. Unsurprisingly the study refutes ISP/telco claims that growing bandwidth demand compels them to finance expansion by shaking down 3rd party providers for access to their customers. The report sets out to dispel a few myths:
and makes some strong policy recommendations:
A clear signal of commitment to the open internet by EU institutions, national governments and regulators.
Internet access should be clearly defined and the use of the term in marketing restricted to those who provide open access to the internet. This measure could be implemented nationally under consumer protection powers.
The application of an industry code of conduct and dispute resolution procedures, through “selfregulation with oversight”, should be promoted. The code should require:
Open access to and distribution of internet-based, lawful content and applications for consumers; no blocking of legal services and discrimination on the basis of commercial rivalry.
Protection against unilateral and opportunistic requests for payment i.e. holding players to ransom.
Principle of parity of access if and where prioritisation is provided on voluntary commercial terms for any content or applications i.e. the same opportunity on the same terms should be available to all (analogous to the principle of equivalence applied at the network access layer).
Policy-makers and national regulators (e.g. Ofcom) should closely monitor market developments given the risks to innovation. If the suggested measures prove insufficient, then intervention by national regulators utilising their powers to protect the open internet under the revised EU Electronic Communications Framework, or the introduction by policy makers of a new legally binding open internet requirement, should be considered.
The report concludes:
We conclude that there is no reason to believe that a departure from the open internet norm would be economically efficient – rather, we find a departure from this model would risk irreversible harm.