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FCC ANNOUNCES INITIAL PUBLIC WORKSHOPS FOR OPEN INTERNET PROCEEDING

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Released: December 3, 2009

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This is an unofficial announcement of Commission action. Release of the full text of a Commission order constitutes official action.
See MCI v. FCC. 515 F 2d 385 (D.C. Circ 1974).

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:

NEWS MEDIA CONTACT:

December 3, 2009
Jen Howard, (202) 418-0506
Email: jen.howard@fcc.gov

FCC ANNOUNCES INITIAL PUBLIC WORKSHOPS

FOR OPEN INTERNET PROCEEDING

Washington, D.C. -- The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) today announced that
Commission staff will hold an initial round of public workshops in December and January as
part of the open Internet Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM). These workshops will
explore issues raised in the proceeding, including the technical realities of broadband networks
and the impact of the Internet’s openness on various interests, including speech, democratic
engagement, consumers, innovation, and investment. The dates, locations, and topics for
additional spring workshops on the open Internet rulemaking will be announced in early 2010.
The first public workshop -- part of the Technical Advisory Process -- will address basic
technical issues relevant to the proceeding and will occur on Dec. 8, 2009 starting at 10 a.m. in
the Commission meeting room. It will be followed by a workshop on speech, democratic
engagement, and the open Internet on Dec. 15, 2009 starting at 1 p.m. in the Commission
meeting room. In January, Commission staff will hold two additional workshops: one on
innovation, investment, and the open Internet, and the other on consumers, transparency, and the
open Internet.
Agendas for the Dec. 8 and Dec. 15 workshops will be made available soon, as will dates and
times for the January workshops. All workshops will be open to the public; however, admittance
will be limited to the seating available. Audio/video coverage of the workshops will be broadcast
live with open captioning over the Web on www.openInternet.gov.
Reasonable accommodations for persons with disabilities are available upon request. Please
include a description of the accommodation you will need. Individuals making such requests
must include their contact information should FCC staff need to contact them for more
information. Requests should be made as early as possible. Please send an e-mail to
fcc504@fcc.gov or call the Consumer & Governmental Affairs Bureau: 202-418-0530 (voice),
202-418-0432 (TTY).
For additional information about the workshops, visit www.openInternet.gov.

--FCC--


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