Title II, Net Neutrality, and the Struggle for Balance in Broadband Regulation: How Did We Get Here?

Georgetown Center for Business and Public Policy
Wednesday, July 12, 2017
10:30 AM to 12:00 PM (EDT)

The discussion will open with a question-and-answer session between Federal Communications Commission Commissioner Michael O’Rielly and Georgetown Center for Business and Public Policy Executive Director John Mayo during which Commissioner O’Rielly will share his perspective as a staffer working on the Telecommunications Act of 1996:

In retrospect, what could have been done then or in the time since to lead to a better current policy situation? If Congress were to revise or rewrite the Act, what lessons from the last twenty years would best inform its work? Is there any way within the current regulatory framework to resolve complicated problems including net neutrality, privacy, and broadband competition?

The panel discussion will be moderated by Larry Downes, Project Director and Senior Industry and Innovation Fellow, Georgetown Center for Business and Public Policy.

The panel of experts includes:

  • Timothy J. Brennan, Professor of Public Policy and Economics, University of Maryland Baltimore County, and former FCC chief economist
  • Harold Furchtgott-Roth, Director, Center for the Economics of the Internet, Hudson Institute, and former FCC commissioner
  • Jonathan Spalter, President and Chief Executive Officer, USTelecom