FCC Lines Up Last Net Forum Panel

Mark Cooper, Tim Wu Among Panelists on Legal Issues of Openness
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The FCC has rounded up the panelists for its sixth and final network neutrality roundtable Oct. 7.

The forum will focus on "Internet Openness and the Law," so the panel is packed with lawyers and law professors as well as a prominent open Internet activist.

Lined up are Mark Cooper, director of research for the Consumer Federation of America; Gus Hurwitz, assistant professor of law at Nebraska College of Law; Pantelis Michalopoulos, partner at Steptoe & Johnson; Thomas Navin, partner, Wiley Rein; Nuala O'Connor, president, Center for Democracy and Technology; Tim Wu, professor of law at Columbia Law School.

Moderating the panel will be FCC General Counsel Jonathan Sallet and Stephanie Weiner, special adviser to FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler.  

The FCC's deadline for comment on proposed new net neutrality rules has passed, but the FCC continues to take input on the issue.

FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler has proposed restoring no-blocking and no-unreasonable discrimination rules under Sec. 706 authority, which gives the FCC power to regulate to insure advanced telecommunications are being deployed to all Americans in a reasonable and timely fashion. A federal court signaled to the FCC that blocking and commercially unreasonable discrimination could adversely impact that reasonable and timely deployment. But the court also said the FCC could reclassify ISPs under Title II common carrier regs, the route many open Internet activists are pushing.

The fifth in the series of six roundtables is Oct. 2 on the economics of broadband, market successes and failures.

Panelists for those are Jonathan Baker, Professor, Washington College of Law, American University; Nicholas Economides, professor of Economics and executive director of the NET Institute, Stern School of Business, New York University; Thomas Hazlett, Hugh H. Macaulay Endowed Professor, Department of Economics, Clemson; Christiaan Hogendorn, associate professor, Department of Economics, Wesleyan University; John Mayo, Professor of Economics, Business and Public Policy, McDonough School of Business, Georgetown; and Hal Singer, Principal, Economists Inc., and Senior Fellow, Progressive Policy Institute.

Moderators are FCC chief economics Tim Brennan and deputy chief economist Jonathan Levy.

Both will be live streamed.