01 January 2011

Shmoocon Firetalks CFP submission

Title: Net Neutrality, the FCC, and the End of the Internet as We Know It (in 15 Minutes or Less)

Abstract: On December 21, 2010, the FCC adopted "net neutrality" rules by a closely-watched 3-2 vote.  But whether or not you support the idea of net neutrality, other questions remain: First, was the process transparent? And more importantly, why did the FCC act despite the warnings of Congress and despite the Comcast decision, both of which claimed that that FCC lacked such authority?  This lighting-fast discussion will cover the basics of net neutrality, the role of the FCC in regulating the Internet, and the future legal and policy implications of the FCC's neutrality rules. Is the future of the Internet really at risk?
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