Panel Session Descriptions:

Friday, September 8, 11:15 am

The Next Stages of the Network Neutrality Debate

The network neutrality debate has proceeded on two levels: 1) the typical dynamic of public interest regulation versus the private industry preference for regulatory restraint and 2) the battle between two media industry segments – the ISP platforms versus the heavy commercial users. Panelists will review how these dynamics are likely to play out in a new political context.

Moderators: W. Russell Neuman, NYU and Eli Noam, Columbia University

  • Tim Wu, Columbia University (accepted)
  • Tom Hazlett, Clemson University (accepted)
  • Kevin Martin, Facebook (invited)

A Tale of Two Agencies: Privacy at the FCC and FTC

Should there be different regulators and approaches for broadband companies versus other Internet companies? The Congressional Review Act resolution was enacted earlier this year repealed the FCC's rule and barred similar rules in the future, but would it affect the FCC's ability to enforce Title II directly? What options will the CRA leave the FCC in the future? And what will happen if/when the FCC cedes jurisdiction over broadband privacy back to the FTC? Will the FTC have adequate authority? An appellate panel decision called the FTC's jurisdiction into question but the full Ninth Circuit has since vacated that decision and will rehear the case in September. Does Congress need to address the common carrier exception? What other changes should be made to the FTC or FCC's authority or approaches? What authority will the states and private parties have?

Moderator: Gerry Stegmaier, Reed Smith LLP

  • Gus Hurwitz, University of Nebraska - Lincoln
  • Harold Feld, PublicKnowledge

Friday, September 8, 2:15 pm

The National Broadband Research Agenda: Next Steps

Key personnel from the NTIA, NSF and the Office of Educational Technology, Department of Education who led the development of the National Broadband Research Agenda (NBRA) will brief the TPRC community about the NBRA, and discuss potential areas of cooperation between government stakeholders and the academic community to further research and policy-making on broadband access. Speakers will discuss the research, data collection and funding priorities for their respective agencies.

Moderator: Krishna Jayakar, Co-Director, Institute for Information Policy, Penn State University

  • Susan Bearden, U.S. Department of Education, co-chair, National Broadband Research Agenda
  • Jack Brassil, National Science Foundation
  • Ken Calvert, National Science Foundation 
  • Sandeep Taxali, NTIA

Mobile Broadband Strategies: Comparing Policy Issues and Research Challenges in Developed and Developing Countries

This international panel will focus on the impact of the widespread penetration and use of intelligent mobile devices, in both developing and developed countries. The Panelists, whose expertise covers various countries and regions, will discuss and compare strategies being used in developed countries like the US, Australia and the EU, and developing countries like Mexico, Brazil and India, among others. [We wish to find out what has worked, what did not, the problems encountered and whether there are lessons to be learned that are of general applicability, as well as for particular countries.]

Moderator: Prabir Neogi, Canada-India Centre for Excellence, Carleton University, Ottawa
Panelists (and areas of coverage):

  • Jason Whalley, Northumbria University  [E.U. developments]
  • Thomas Hazlett, Clemson University [U.S. developments]
  • Rekha Jain, Indian Institute of Management, Ahmedabad (IIMA) IIMA-IDEA Telecom Centre of Excellence (IITCOE) [India and South-East Asia]
  • Roxana Barrantes Caceres, PUCA  [Latin America, Mexico & Brazil]


Regulation of Internet Platforms

Debates about Internet policy frequently proceed from the premise that the Internet owes its success to presence of key platform technologies. Unfortunately, the concept of platforms remains badly undertheorized and understudied empirically. The result is that policymakers and enforcement authorities must often make key decisions without a clear idea of what aspects of platform design are essential and what practices are potentially problematic. The panel would include a discussion of the theoretical and empirical literature surrounding platforms. Key topics would the EU antitrust case against Google, the role of standard setting organizations, and the decisions not to include mobility and identity verification into IPv6.

Moderator: Christopher S. Yoo, University of Pennsylvania Law School

  • David Clark, MIT
  • Tara Koslov, Federal Trade Commission
  • Jonathan Liebenau, London School of Economics and Political Science
  • Douglas Sicker, Carnegie Mellon University