2013 State of the Net Conference

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Tuesday, January 22 2013
11:30 AM Should Congress Rewrite the Telecom Act?


- Larry Downes, Consultant & Author [Bio]
- Tim Lordan, Executive Director, Congressional Internet Caucus Advisory Committee [Bio] - Moderator
- Cathy Sloan, Vice President Government Relations, Computer & Communications Industry Association (CCIA) [Bio]
- Corie Wright, NetFlix [Bio]
- Christopher Yoo, John H. Chestnut Professor of Law, Communication, and Computer & Information Science, University of Pennsylvania Law School. [Bio]

Yes, we heard you groan. This question has been asked for a long, long time - but perhaps because it remains an important question. There is concern that Congress and regulators will continue to extend legacy rules to Internet services in piecemeal fashion (e.g. applying closed captioning rules to Internet video). With more legacy telecom and media rules due to be updated by Congress in the 113th Congress it may be a good time to take a step back and take a fresh look at this question. Moreover, a combination of court cases could reveal that the Federal Communications Commission does not have the authority over IP and Internet services that many believed it had. In addition, the FCC recently launched "Technology Transitions Policy Task Force" to explore this very issue. Our panel of experts will take a step back and look what the appropriate framework for Internet services holistically.

* Subject to change. More panels and keynotes may be added. Contact Eric Hinkes for more information.

This is a widely attended event hosted by the Congressional Internet Caucus Advisory Committee (ICAC), part of a 501 (c)(3) charitable organization. The ICAC is a private sector organization comprised of public interest groups, trade associations, non-profits, and industry leaders. The diversity of ICAC membership ensures that all educational events and initiatives are fair and balanced forums for Internet-related discussion. The ICAC does not promote any particular policy position.