Open Internet Roundtable - Mobile Broadband

2:45 pm - 4:30 pm EDT
Commission Meeting Room, 445 12th Street SW, Washington, DC

Mobile Broadband and the Open Internet

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 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 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 or call the Consumer and Governmental Affairs Bureau at 202-418-0530 (voice), 202-418-0432 (TTY).

For additional information please contact Dan Ball, Wireless Telecommunications Bureau, Spectrum and Competition Policy Division, at (202) 418-1577 or


Welcome and Opening Remarks - 2:45 - 3:00 pm

Roundtable: Mobile Broadband and the Open Internet - 3:00 - 4:30 pm
This roundtable will consider the application of Open Internet rules to mobile broadband, with a focus on consumers’ use of mobile broadband and on reasonable network management practices in the mobile context.

  • Panelists:
    • Amalia Deloney, Policy Director, The Center for Media Justice
    • Delara Derakhshani, Policy Counsel, Consumers Union
    • Christopher Guttman-McCabe, Executive Vice President, CTIA – The Wireless Association
    • Roslyn Layton, Ph.D. Fellow, Center for Communication, Media and Information Technologies, Aalborg University
    • Sarah Morris, Senior Policy Counsel, Open Technology Institute, New America
    • Jonathan Spalter, Chair, Mobile Future
  • Moderators:
    • Roger Sherman, Chief, Wireless Telecommunication Bureau, FCC
    • Jim Schlichting, Senior Deputy Chief, Wireless Telecommunication Bureau, FCC

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