National Religious Broadcasters will announce a new internet freedom initiative on Thursday, December 7, at the National Press Club in Washington, D.C. The event will feature an address by Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) and a panel, “Internet Freedom: Rights and Responsibilities,” with leading voices on the subject, including Craig Strazzeri with PragerU, a victim of internet censorship; former FCC Commissioner Robert McDowell; and evangelical leader Ralph Reed.
Features a faculty of expert practitioners, in-house counsel from telecommunications organizations, and key officials from the FCC who will provide attendees with a comprehensive understanding of cutting-edge issues facing the telecommunications industry today. The program will address critical trends and the latest developments, including wireless, wireline telecommunications, broadband Internet, and international and privacy issues. The Institute also focuses on industry competition, convergence and consolidation.
Sen. Roger Wicker (R-MS), chairman of the Subcommittee on Communications, Technology, Innovation, and the Internet, will convene a hearing titled “Digital Decision-Making: The Building Blocks of Machine Learning and Artificial Intelligence,” at 10:00 a.m. on Tuesday, December 12, 2017. The hearing will examine the benefits of artificial intelligence (AI) in today’s digital economy, the development of algorithms powering AI, and what practices are in place or should be in place to ensure proper use of this technology.
The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has released a draft of its controversial Order that would repeal the 2015 Open Internet Order.
Federal Communications Commission Chairman Ajit Pai, Commissioner Mike O’Rielly, Commissioner Brendan Carr as well as Federal Trade Commission Acting Chairman Maureen Ohlhausen will each deliver remarks on the commission’s upcoming agenda.
The speeches by the Chairman and Commissioners will be followed by a discussion with our expert panel, featuring:
8:30 – 9:00: Registration and Continental Breakfast
9:00 – 9:15: Welcome Remarks and Introduction
- Lawrence J. Spiwak, President, The Phoenix Center
9:15 – 10:15: Panel Discussion – Is Schumpeterian “Creative Destruction” Still Possible in Today’s Regulatory Environment?
On November 29, the Supreme Court will hear arguments in Carpenter v. U.S., one of the most important technology policy cases pending at the Court this year. The Justices are expected to decide whether the Fourth Amendment permits the compelled, warrantless disclosure of increasingly precise and revealing stored cell phone location information.
This briefing will provide an opportunity for individuals to learn more about the draft order, its legal underpinnings, and the ways it will likely harm consumers and the free market. The hill briefing is open to the public.
Moderator: Chris Lewis, Vice President, Public Knowledge
Federal Communications Commission Chairman Ajit Pai announced that the following items are tentatively on the agenda for the December Open Commission Meeting scheduled for Thursday, December 14, 2017: