FCC’s Open Internet Workshop at MIT Brought Robust Exchange Among Academics

FCC, Net Neutrality, Premium Content January 15th, 2010

, Deputy Editor, BroadbandBreakfast.com

BOSTON, Mass., January 15, 2010 – Academics, economists, technology specialists, application creators, internet service operators and investors descended on the campus of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology on Wednesday to discuss the possible effects of the proposed net neutrality rules on innovation, investment and internet users.

Sharon Gillett, chief of the Wireline Competition Bureau at the Federal Communications Commission and Paul de Sa, chief of the FCC’s Office of Strategic Planning and Policy Analysis, moderated the late afternoon and evening workshop.

Agency Chairman Julius Genachowski provided an opening statement via video feed. He established the goal of the hearing as a discussion on how to preserve the internet that generates innovation, investment, job creation and growth.

Genachowski pressed for answers as to how to optimize innovation and investment throughout the edge and core of the networks, so that internet can play a critical role in our future.

Meredith Attwell Baker was the only  agency commissioner to attended in person; she told the audience that she was “still unconvinced that there is a problem that they should be addressing.”

“Nothing should interfere with the deployment of broadband,” she said. She said that she attended to get the facts from the policy experts, designers and operators themselves.

The workshop itself was organized into three different sections. After opening statements by Sally Shipman Wentworth, Senior Manager for Public Policy of the Internet Society, the audience heard presentations from Barbara van Schewick, Assistant Professor of Law, Stanford Law School; Shane Greenstein, Kellogg School of Management, Northwestern University; Marcus Weldon, Corporate CTO, Alcatel-Lucent; and Jeffrey Glueck, CEO, Skyfire.

These presentations were followed by a respondent’s panel, consisting of Tim Berners-Lee, Director, World Wide Web Consortium; David Clark, Senior Research Scientist, MIT Computer Science & Artificial Intelligence Laboratory; Susie Kim Riley, Founder/CTO, Camiant; and an official from Akamai Technologies. Ajay Agarwal, Managing Director, Bain Capital Ventures; Nabeet Hyatt, Founder/CEO, Conduit Labs; Amy Tykeson, CEO, BendBroadband; and Christopher Yoo, Professor of Law and Communication, University of Pennsylvania Law School rounded out the second panel.

The portions of this article designated as Premium Content include summaries of the comments of each of the presentations, respondent’s reactions, and the general discussion that followed at the MIT forum.

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