FCC Schedules Series of Open Internet Roundtable Discussions
Federal Communications Commission
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445 12th St., S.W.
Washington, D.C. 20554
Released: August 8, 2014
FCC ANNOUNCES SERIES OF OPEN INTERNET ROUNDTABLE DISCUSSIONS
GN Docket No. 14-28
In the 2014 Open Internet NPRM, the Commission began the process of closing the gap created
by the Verizon decision, which left no legally enforceable rules for the Commission to prevent broadband
providers from acting to limit Internet openness.1
The 2014 Open Internet NPRM sought broad public
comment on how the Commission should ensure that the Internet remains open, and proposed new rules
and enhancements to current rules.2
To further develop our understanding of the issues, the Commission will host a series of staff-led
Open Internet Roundtable Discussions in the Commission Meeting Room (TW-C305), 445 12th Street,
S.W., Washington, D.C., 20554. The roundtables will be free and open to the public, and will also be
streamed live at http://www.fcc.gov/live.
The Open Internet Roundtable Discussions will provide an opportunity for the Commission staff
and interested parties to further examine the actions the Commission should take for its goal of
determining the best approach to protecting and promoting Internet openness. Specifically, the
roundtable discussions will focus on public policy considerations and how they should be addressed to
protect and promote Internet openness in both the fixed and mobile markets; the technological
considerations involved in protecting the open Internet; how the competitive landscape and the economics
of providing broadband and online services affects Internet openness; how the Commission can
effectively enforce the current and proposed open Internet requirements; and the various legal theories
underlying possible Commission actions in this area. The titles and dates for each of the roundtable
discussions are listed below, and further details concerning the agenda and panelists for each roundtable
will be forthcoming. The Commission may subsequently schedule additional roundtable events in this
1 Protecting and Promoting the Open Internet, GN Docket No. 14-28, Notice of Proposed Rulemaking, 29 FCC Rcd
5561 (2014) (2014 Open Internet NPRM). The transparency rule was upheld by the Verizon decision.
The 2014 Open Internet NPRM established deadlines for comments and reply comments as July 15 and
September 10, 2014, respectively. On July 15, 2014, the Commission announced that comments filed by July 18,
2014 would be considered timely. See Wireline Competition Bureau Will Treat as Timely Filed Any Comments
Filed in Response to the Open Internet Notice Of Proposed Rulemaking and the Framework For Broadband Internet
Access Service Refreshing the Record Public Notice if Filed by July 18, 2014, GN Docket Nos. 10-127, 14-28,
Public Notice, DA 14-1002 (Wireline Comp. Bur. rel. July 15, 2014).
Open Internet Roundtable
Policy Approaches to Ensure an Open Internet
September 16, 2014 (morning)
Mobile Broadband and the Open Internet
September 16, 2014 (afternoon)
Effective Enforcement of Open Internet Requirements
September 19, 2014 (morning)
Technological Aspects of an Open Internet
September 19, 2014 (afternoon)
Economics of Broadband: Market Successes and Market Failures
October 2, 2014
Internet Openness and the Law
October 7, 2014
Reasonable accommodations for people with disabilities are available upon request. The request should
include a detailed description of the accommodation needed and contact information. We ask that
requests for accommodations be made as soon as possible in order to allow the agency to satisfy such
requests whenever possible. Send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org or call the Consumer and Governmental
Affairs Bureau at 202-418-0530 (voice), 202-418-0432 (TTY).
For additional information about these meetings, please contact the designated bureau staff
person for each of the roundtables:
For information about the Policy Approaches to Ensure an Open Internet Roundtable on
September 16, contact Kristine Fargotstein, Wireline Competition Bureau, at (202) 418-2774 or
For information about the Mobile Broadband and the Open Internet Roundtable on September 16,
contact Dan Ball, Wireless Telecommunications Bureau, Spectrum and Competition Policy Division, at
(202) 418-1577 or Daniel.Ball@fcc.gov.
For information about the Effective Enforcement of Open Internet Requirements Roundtable on
September 19, contact Stephen Ruckman at (202) 418-8192 or Stephen.Ruckman@fcc.gov.
For information about the Technological Aspects of an Open Internet Roundtable on September
19, contact Henning Schulzrinne at Henning.Schulzrinne@fcc.gov.
For information about the Economics of Broadband: Market Successes and Market Failures
Roundtable on October 2, contact Tim Brennan at Tim.Brennan@fcc.gov.
For information about the Internet Openness and the Law Roundtable on October 7, contact
Stephanie Weiner at Stephanie.Weiner@fcc.gov.
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