Effective Enforcement of Open Internet Requirements
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. 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.
To further develop our understanding of the issues, the Commission is hosting a series of staff-led Open Internet Roundtable Discussions that are free and open to the public. The Open Internet Roundtable Discussions 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.
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.
Attendance and Participation: The roundtables will be free and open to the public, and the FCC also will stream them live at https://www.fcc.gov/live. The location of the roundtables will be the Commission Meeting Room (TW-C305), 445 12th Street, S.W., Washington, D.C., 20554. The FCC will make available an overflow room for those in-person attendees who cannot be accommodated in the Commission Meeting Room. We advise persons planning to attend the roundtables in person to leave sufficient time to enter through building security.
The FCC encourages members of the public to submit suggested questions in advance and during the roundtables by email to email@example.com or on Twitter using the hashtag #FCCRoundtables. Please note that by submitting a question, you will be making a filing in an official FCC proceeding. All information submitted, including names, addresses, and other personal information contained in the message, may be publicly available online.
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).
Welcome and Opening Remarks - 10:00 - 10:15 am
Effective Enforcement of Open Internet Requirements - 10:15 - 12:30 pm
This roundtable will consider ways to enforce effectively the proposed new Open Internet rules, exploring the utility of various current and proposed enforcement tools in the Open Internet context and discussing how to design fair and accessible FCC dispute resolution processes for open Internet concerns.
- Rick Chessen, Senior Vice President, Law & Regulatory Policy, NCTA
- Steve Coran, FCC Counsel, WISPA
- Susan Crawford, Visiting Professor, Harvard Law School & Co-Director, Berkman Center for Internet & Society
- Christine Hines, Consumer and Civil Justice Counsel, Public Citizen
- Chris Riley, Senior Policy Engineer, Mozilla
- Michal Rosenn, Deputy General Counsel, Kickstarter
- David Solomon, Partner, Wilkinson Barker Knauer, LLP
- Travis LeBlanc, Chief, Enforcement Bureau, FCC
- Paula Blizzard, Deputy Bureau Chief, Enforcement Bureau, FCC
Lunch Break - 12:30 - 1:30 pm