The FCC’s Sprint to a Broadband Privacy Rulemaking: Discounts for Data, the Ninth Circuit Decision, and What Comes Next

Information Technology and Innovation Foundation
Tuesday, October 4, 2016
12 pm -- 1:30 pm

The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) is currently considering a broad set of privacy regulations specific to broadband providers, which could result in an unfortunate departure from the Federal Trade Commission’s (FTC) flexible privacy framework. A recent Ninth Circuit Court decision has thrown a wrinkle into the jurisdictional boundary between the FCC and FTC, significantly heightening the need for the FCC to harmonize its approach with the FTC. What's more, the FCC’s privacy proposal has emboldened advocates to seek a wrong-headed ban on Internet service providers offering discounts in exchange for permission to use consumer data commercially. Join ITIF to discuss these latest turns in the FCC privacy debate and where policymakers should go from here.


Doug Brake
Telecommunications Policy Analyst
Information Technology and Innovation Foundation

Neil ChilsonNeil Chilson
Attorney-Advisor to Commissioner Ohlhausen
Federal Trade Commission

Nancy LibinNancy Libin
Jenner & Block LLP

Nicol Turner-LeeNicol Turner-Lee
Vice President and Chief Research & Policy Officer