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[BRIEFING] Public Knowledge Hill Briefing on Net Neutrality Draft Order

  • 215 Senate Visitor Center (map)

Public Knowledge will host a hill briefing on Wednesday, November 29 at 1:30pm in the Capitol Visitors Center to provide a legal and policy analysis of the Federal Communications Commission net neutrality draft order circulated in the "Restoring Internet Freedom" proceeding.

FCC Chairman Ajit Pai circulated a “Restoring Internet Freedom” draft order November 21 that would roll back the agency’s 2015 Open Internet Order, which created strong that force broadband providers to treat all internet content and services equally.

If adopted at the FCC meeting on December 14, the draft order will eliminate the existing network neutrality rules (“no blocking, no throttling, and no 'fast lanes'") that currently protect the Open Internet. Millions of Americans expressed support for these rules by submitting comments with the FCC leading up to the 2015 Open Internet Order, and millions of Americans have opposed FCC Chairman Pai’s proposal to roll back these rules since he announced it last spring.

This briefing will provide an opportunity for individuals to learn more about the draft order, its legal underpinnings, and the ways it will likely harm consumers and the free market. The hill briefing is open to the public.

Moderator: Chris Lewis, Vice President, Public Knowledge

Panelists:

Angie Kronenberg, Chief Advocate and General Counsel, INCOMPAS
Sarah Morris, Open Internet Policy Director, Open Technology Institute
Jon Sallet, Senior Fellow, Benton Foundation, and Former General Counsel, FCC
Rachel Wolbers, Policy Director, Engine