Open Internet Roundtable - Policy Approaches

8:30 am - 2:30 pm EDT
Commission Meeting Room, 445 12th Street SW, Washington, DC

Part 1


Part 2


Part 3

Policy Approaches to Ensure an 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 Kristine Fargotstein, Wireline Competition Bureau, at (202) 418-2774 or


Welcome and Opening Remarks - 8:30 - 8:45 am

Roundtable 1: Tailoring Policy to Harms - 8:45 - 10:15 am
Two fundamental questions will guide this roundtable: what are the harms to Internet openness in the absence of open Internet regulations, and what are the right policies to address those harms?



  • Panelists:
    • Althea Erickson, Policy Director, Etsy
    • Julie Kearney, Vice President, Consumer Electronics Association
    • Randolph May, President, Free State Foundation
    • Barbara van Schewick, Professor of Law, Stanford University
    • Michael Weinberg, Vice President, Public Knowledge
    • David Young, Vice President, Federal Regulatory Affairs, Verizon
  • Moderators:
    • Julie Veach, Chief, Wireline Competition Bureau, FCC
    • Matthew DelNero, Deputy Chief, Wireline Competition Bureau, FCC


Roundtable 2: Scope of Open Internet Rules - 10:30 am - Noon
This roundtable will consider the proper scope of new open Internet rules, with a focus on the definition of reasonable network management, treatment of specialized services, and whether new rules should extend to the point of interconnection between last-mile Internet service providers (ISPs) and other networks and services (i.e., Internet traffic exchange).





  • Panelists:
    • Jeff Campbell, Vice President, The Americas, Cisco Systems, Inc.
    • Daniel Pataki, Executive Director, European Telecommunications Network Operators’ Association (ETNO)
    • Jon M. Peha, Professor, Engineering & Public Policy, Carnegie Mellon Univ.
    • Matt Wood, Policy Director, Free Press
    • Corie Wright, Director of Global Public Policy, Netflix, Inc.
    • Christopher Yoo, John H. Chestnut Professor of Law, Communication, and Computer & Information Science, Univ. of Pennsylvania Law School
  • Moderators:
    • Julie Veach, Chief, Wireline Competition Bureau, FCC
    • Matthew DelNero, Deputy Chief, Wireline Competition Bureau, FCC


Lunch Break - Noon - 1:00 pm

Roundtable 3: Enhancing Transparency - 1:00 - 2:30 pm
This roundtable will consider proposed enhancements to the existing transparency rule, which currently requires providers of broadband Internet access services to disclose accurate information about their service offerings and make this information accessible to the public.





  • Panelists:
    • Jonathan Banks, Senior Vice President, Law and Policy, USTelecom
    • Gerald R. Faulhaber, Professor Emeritus of Business Economics and Public Policy, Wharton School of the Univ. of Pennsylvania
    • Leigh Freund, VP & Chief Counsel, Global Public Policy, AOL Inc.
    • Geoffrey Manne, Executive Director & Founder, International Center for Law & Economics (ICLE)
    • Claude L. Stout, Executive Director, TDI (f/k/a Telecommunications for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing)
  • Moderators:
    • Kris Monteith, Acting Chief, Consumer & Governmental Affairs Bureau, FCC
    • Julie Veach, Chief, Wireline Competition Bureau, FCC



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