February 26, 2008
The Federal Communications Commission hosted a public hearing yesterday, where networking experts, academics and representatives from several web service companies and Comcast debated Network Neutrality -- aka "traffic management" policies -- before a standing room only crowd.
Here's the agenda, along with links to the speakers, streaming content, commentary and some of the reaction reverberating around the event.
You can file comments and documents of your own with the FCC. Submit them electronically along with Proceeding Numbers 07-52 and 08-7.
Date: Monday, February 15, 2008. 11:00 am - 4:00 pm
Location: Harvard Law School, Ames Courtroom, Austin Hall, 1515 Massachusetts Ave, Cambridge, MA
11:00 am - Welcome/Opening Remarks
- US Representative Edward Markey, Chairman of the House Subcommittee on Telecommunications and the Internet - remarks
- Chairman Kevin J. Martin - remarks [pdf]
- Commissioner Michael J. Copps - remarks [pdf]
- Commissioner Jonathan S. Adelstein - remarks [pdf]
- Commissioner Deborah Taylor Tate - remarks [pdf]
- Commissioner Robert M. McDowell - remarks [pdf]
12:00 pm - Panel Discussion 1: Policy Perspectives
- Yochai Benkler, Professor of Law, Harvard Law School; Faculty Co-Director,Berkman Center for Internet and Society at Harvard Law School
- The Honorable Daniel E. Bosley, State Representative, Massachusetts
- David L. Cohen, Executive Vice President, Comcast Corporation
- The Honorable Tom Tauke, Executive Vice President – Public Affairs, Policy and Communications, Verizon Communications
- Timothy Wu, Professor of Law, Columbia Law School
- Christopher S. Yoo, Professor of Law and Director, Center for Technology, Innovation, and Competition, University of Pennsylvania Law School
2:15 pm - Panel Discussion 2: Technological Perspectives
- Daniel Weitzner, Director, MIT Decentralized Information Group
- Richard Bennett, Network Architect
- David Clark, Senior Research Scientist, MIT Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Lab
- Eric Klinker, CTO, BitTorrent
- David P. Reed, Adjunct Professor, MIT Media Lab
- Scott Smyers, Senior Vice President, Network & Systems Architecture Division, Sony Electronics, Inc.
3:45 pm - Closing Remarks
4:00 pm - Adjournment
Here are related posts I found by the participants or interviews of them. Hopefully it gives a flavor for their various positions.
Marvin Ammori - "Comcast's new Terms of Service: A Recipe for Discrimination"
Marvin Ammori - "SaveTheInternet.com on the Hill" [YouTube video 10:15]
Marvin Ammori - "Q & A with Marvin Ammori at The Berkman Center for Internet & Society, Harvard Law School"
Yochai Benkler interview - "Yochai Benkler" - 2 Nov 2007
Tim Wu & Christopher Yoo - "Keeping the Internet Neutral?: Timothy Wu and Christopher Yoo Debate"
Tom Tauke - "Staying Ahead of the Broadband Curve" (22 Aug 2006)
Tom Tauke - "Say No to 'Net Neutrality' Rules" (16 Mar 2006)
Tom Tauke interview - "Newsmaker: Net Neutrality - Meet the winner" (CNET, 12 June 2006)
David L. Cohen testimony - "Reconsidering our Communications Laws: Ensuring Competition and Innovation" (US Senate, Committee on the Judiciary, 14 June 2006)
Daniel Weitzner - "The Neutral Internet: An Information Architecture for Open Societies"
Daniel Weitzner - "Twelve Billion Bargaining Chips - The Web Side of the Net Neutrality Debate" [pdf] (IEEE Computer Society, Jan-Feb 2007)
Richard Bennett - "Change or no change? - Why is there so little honesty in the Net Neutrality debate?" (27 Jun 2006)
Richard Bennett - "Net Neutrality is Intelligent Design for the Left" (21 Aug 2006)
Richard Bennett - "The trouble with end-to-end" (27 Jul 2006)
Richard Bennett interview - "How 'Saving the Net' may kill it" (17 Jul 2006)
David Clark - "Network Neutrality: Words of Power and 800-Pound Gorillas" [pdf] (Int'l Journal of Communication 1 (2007)
David Reed - "Preserve the Internet Standards for Network Neutrality - Two Types of Neutrality" - (co-signer)
SOME NOTABLE PRESS STORIES about the 25Feb2008 hearing:
"Net Neutrality Hearing: When Is an Internet Traffic Delay OK?" - The New York Times, 25 Feb 2008, 2:36pm
"FCC Head Says Action Possible on Web Limits" - washingtonpost.com, 26 Feb 2008
"FCC chief says net providers can't block access 'arbitrarily'" - boston.com, 26 Feb 2008
"Comcast, net neutrality advocates clash at FCC hearing" - ars technica, 25 Feb 2008, 8:18pm CT
"FCC Continues to Wrestle with Net Neutrality" - internetnews.com, 25 Feb 2008
"FCC hearing weights Net neutrality" - computerworld.com, 25 Feb 2008
A nice report on the hearing from Chris Herot: FCC en banc Hearing at Harvard Law School Draws a Crowd