An FCC for the Internet Age: Reform and Standard-Setting A Conference

March 5, 2010 - 8:30am - 12:30pm
Washington Court Hotel
525 New Jeresy Avenue, NW

In 2009, Silicon Flatirons co-hosted events, respectively, with Public Knowledge on FCC reform, and ITIF on innovation economics and new models of governance. This conference is a follow-up and confluence of those two topics: Where do we stand on efforts at FCC reform? Read more »

Interview: Preserving the Open Internet

February 25, 2010
Andrew Keen, author of "The Cult of the Amateur," interviews ITIF Senior Research Fellow Richard Bennett about net neutrality.

Andrew Keen, author of The Cult of the Amateur, interviews ITIF Senior Research Fellow Richard Bennett about net neutrality following the ITIF panel discussion Preserving the Open Internet: Is a Consensus Emerging? Read more »

Preserving the Open Internet: Is a Consensus Emerging?

February 23, 2010
Please join us for a round-table discussion among the leading players in the Open Internet debate.

Rough consensus is emerging on many of the issues raised in the FCC’s Notice of Proposed Rulemaking on Preserving the Open Internet, particularly those relating to transparency and disclosure, network management, and the value of helping latency-sensitive applications such as gaming and voice applications such as Skype. Read more »

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ITIF Urges FCC to Proceed with Caution on Open Internet Rules

January 14, 2010
| Testimony and Filings

The FCC should proceed with caution in conducting its inquiry into Open Internet rules, according to comments filed by the Information Technology and Innovation Foundation today. All the evidence suggests that the Internet is thriving: network operators are investing and new applications, devices, services, and content are emerging at a dizzying rate. While there is a need to clarify the confused state of Internet regulation in the United States, there’s no compelling public interest for the FCC to adopt a stringent new regulatory framework. The Commission would do well to follow the example of fellow regulators in Canada and Europe who have recently concluded that the most sensible course for national regulators is to emphasize disclosure of terms of service and scrutiny of business and technical practices.

ITIF rejects the argument that the FCC lacks jurisdiction to regulate the Internet, but urges the Commission to carefully consider the evidence before enacting new regulations on Internet access services. The Internet is a complex “virtual network” designed to serve a variety of needs, and as such it does not readily lend itself to traditional telecom regulatory models. The Internet requires regulators to take a fresh approach. The first step for the Commission is to conduct a fair and probing analysis about how the Internet works today.

ITIF applauds the Commission for committing to an open process and feels that careful examination will lead to the conclusion that the Internet is fundamentally healthy.

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