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Released: August 8, 2014
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PUBLIC NOTICE

Federal Communications Commission

News Media Information 202 / 418-0500

445 12th St., S.W.

Internet: http://www.fcc.gov

Washington, D.C. 20554

TTY: 1-888-835-5322

DA 14-1152

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

series.

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.

2 Id.

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).

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Open Internet Roundtable

Date

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 fcc504@fcc.gov 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

Kristine.Fargotstein@fcc.gov.

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.

-FCC-

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