Uncertainty Over Net Neutrality Makes it the ‘Black Hole’ of Telecom Policy

Broadband Calendar, Broadband TV, National Broadband Plan, Net Neutrality September 22nd, 2010

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WASHINGTON, September 22, 2010 – BroadbandBreakfast.com on Wednesday released the video, for free, of the first Broadband Breakfast Club event of the monthly event foum’s third year, on the issue of net neutrality and broadband regulation.

The panelists at the event, “Title I, Title II: How Should Broadband Be Classified?” included a medley of almost all conceivable views about broadband regulation:

  • Gerard J. Duffy, Legislative/Regulatory Counsel, Western Telecommunications Alliance
  • Harold Feld, Legal Director, Public Knowledge
  • C. Lincoln Hoewing, Vice President of Internet & Technology Issues, Verizon
  • John W. Mayo, Professor of Economics, Business and Public Policy, Georgetown University, McDonough School of Business
  • Cathy Sloan, Vice President of Government Relations, Computer & Communications Industry Association
  • Lawrence J. Spiwak, Phoenix Center for Advanced Legal & Economic Public Policy Studies

The panel was moderated by Kim Hart, a Reporter at Politico.com.

The event is available on BroadbandBreakfast.com at the following link.

The next Broadband Broadband Breakfast Club will be held on October 19, 2010, on “Evaluating the Broadband Stimulus?” Registration is available at http://broadbandbreakfast.eventbrite.com.

The Broadband Breakfast Club is sponsored by the Telecommunications Industry Association, International Broadband Electric Communications, Inc., the National Cable and Telecommunications Association and US Telecom.

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2 Responses to “Uncertainty Over Net Neutrality Makes it the ‘Black Hole’ of Telecom Policy”

  1. Fred Pilot Says:

    They’re talking about the wrong question. “Broadband” itself is an outdated term and any debate over how to “classify” it is moot. The Internet is fast becoming the de facto global telecommunications infrastructure. “Broadband” is a mid 1990s term that primarily describes a premium service on the Publicly Switched Telephone Network that itself is facing rapid obsolescence.

  2. Mark Milliman Says:

    When people talk about regulation, they are really talking about taxing telecommunications. The purpose of government should be to facilitate things that are for the public good and step in when there is a wrong. I wish someone could explain to me why we need to regulate the Internet when lack of regulation is what made the Internet what it is today. The problem is that these panelists are paid on the basis of regulation. The Internet has the potential to propel the U.S. economy out of our recession and into our next generation of prosperity, but the fear of regulation could prevent that from happening. The old adage “if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it” is still valid. I have yet to hear a valid reason why we need to regulate the Internet. What I do hear is wrangling for financial gain by various organizations.

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