TechFreedom Event 3/1: Decoding the FCC’s Net Neutrality Order

by on February 24, 2011 · 2 comments

Congressman Marsha Blackburn (R-TN) will kick off this event with remarks on the Net Neutrality order before TechFreedom Adjunct Fellow Larry Downes presents his analysis of the FCC’s recent Open Internet Report & Order (which he recently delivered as testimony to the House Judiciary Committee’s Subcommittee on Intellectual Property, Competition & the Internet). A panel of leading experts will offer their reactions.

What: “Decoding the FCC’s Net Neutrality Order” — A TechFreedom Capitol Hill briefing
When: Tuesday, March 1
3:00 – 5:00 p.m.
Where: Top of the Hill Banquet & Conference Center (Reserve Officers Association)
One Constitution Ave, NE
Washington DC 20002

Congressman Marsha Blackburn (R-TN)
Larry Downes, TechFreedom
Markham Erickson, Open Internet Coalition
Dave Farber, Carnegie Mellon University
Harold Feld, Public Knowledge
Link Hoewing, Verizon
Randy May, Free State Foundation
Eliza Krigman, Politico (moderator)

Please join us after this event, at 5:30, for a reception just across the street co-sponsored by TechFreedom and the Institute for Policy Innovation in honor of IPI’s Third Annual Communications Summit, which will take place the next day. The reception runs untill 7:30 p.m. in the Capitol Visitor Center, Congressional Meeting Room South 217 (CVC 217).

Register here today!

  • Mickey White

    Why does Marsha Want Congress to Regulate the Internet? Why not just say NO FEDERAL branch (the FCC and congress and the federal courts included) has any authority to decide or rule on any aspect concerning the Internet?

    BUT Marsha Blackburn did Vote FOR: Patriot Act Reauthorization, Electronic Surveillance, Funding the REAL ID Act (National ID), Foreign Intelligence Surveillance, Thought Crimes “Violent Radicalization and Homegrown Terrorism Prevention Act, Warrantless Searches, Employee Verification Program, Body Imaging Screening, Patriot Act extension; and only NOW she is worried about free speech, privacy, and government take over of the internet?

    Marsha Blackburn is my Congressman.
    See her “blatantly unconstitutional” votes at :

  • Brett Glass

    Sounds like it will be an interesting session. (Will it be Webcast?) However, there is one serious flaw in the lineup: not a single one of the panelists is a practicing ISP. One of them – Link Hoewing – does happen to work for a company that provides (among other things) Internet services, but while he is a smart lawyer and lobbyist his day-to-day work is about as far away as one can get from the “nuts and bolts” of operating an Internet service. What’s more, the company he works for is one of the very few extremely large ISPs. Most Internet service providers are small and regional or local. (There are about 4-5,000 independent ISPs, but only 3 RBOCs and only a few major cable companies.) Any Internet policy forum which does not include an actual ISP, who is involved with the day-to-day operation and nuts and bolts of the business, is deficient. It will be discussing the fates of these vital businesses in absentia and will not have anyone on the panel who can address the real world, real life, outside-the-Beltway realities of the business. I’d urge the organizers to remedy this deficiency by adding one to the event. I can help them to find knowledgeable and articulate speakers.

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