Monday, May 10, 2010

[Event] THE FCC'S AUTHORITY OVER BROADBAND ACCESS

THE FCC'S AUTHORITY OVER BROADBAND ACCESS
Co-hosted by the Berkman Center for Internet & Society at Harvard
University, and the Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania

Thursday, May 27, 2010, 9:00am-12:30pm
National Press Club -- 529 14th Street, NW, Washington DC


Attendance is free, but space is limited. To register, RSVP at the
link above, or email Amar Ashar with your name and affiliation.

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On what basis, if any, does the FCC exercise jurisdiction over
broadband access in pursuit of national goals? FCC Chairman
Genachowski announced on May 6 that he intended to pursue a "Third
Way" between the current "ancillary authority" approach and full
imposition of Title II "telecommunications service" obligations on
Internet providers. Just what does this approach mean for the future
of broadband competition, Internet-based innovation, and the National
Broadband Plan? At this non-partisan event, legal experts and former
senior policy-makers will analyze how the U.S. arrived at this point,
and what steps the FCC and other branches of government should take
now.

Session 1: The History and Context of the Debate
- Moderator Kevin Werbach (The Wharton School, Univ. of Pennsylvania)
- John Nakahata (Partner, Wiltshire & Grannis; former Chief of Staff, FCC)
- Jessica Rosenworcel (Sr. Counsel, Senate Commerce Committee)
- John Windhausen (Telopoly; former Sr. Counsel, Senate Commerce Committee)

Session 2: The Third Way - What Happens Next?
- Moderator Kevin Werbach (The Wharton School, Univ. of Pennsylvania)
- Yochai Benkler (Harvard Law School)
- Susan Crawford (Univ. of Michigan Law School)
- James Speta (Northwestern University Law School)

A complimentary continental breakfast will be served.

Please direct all questions to Amar Ashar at ashar@cyber.law.harvard.edu.

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