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Brand X v. FCC : What's Next?

A PFF Congressional Seminar
Friday, July 15, 12 - 2 pm
Longworth House Office Building, Room 1537
Washington, DC


  • Michelle Carey, Legal Advisor to Chairman Martin, Federal Communications Commission
  • Kyle McSlarrow, President and CEO, National Cable & Telecommunications Association
  • Dave Baker, VP, Law and Public Policy, EarthLink, Inc.
  • John Rogovin, Partner, Wilmer Cutler Pickering Hale & Dorr
  • Peter Davidson, Senior Vice President for Federal Government Relations, Verizon
  • Moderator: Randolph J. May, Senior Fellow, Director of Communications Policy Studies, The Progress & Freedom Foundation

The U.S. Supreme Court's 6-3 decision in Brand X v. FCC affirming the Federal Communications Commission's classification of cable broadband service as an "information service" is a key on the road towards communications policy reform. But does it really mean the prompt adoption of a regime of minimal regulation for broadband services, including those of other providers such as the telephone companies? What does the decision portend for the regulation of VoIP services? What about the FCC's exericise of its ancillary jurisdiction to regulate Internet access, VoIP, and other IP services? And what about the likely impact of the decision on broader efforts on the Hill to revise the Communications Act? A panel of experts, moderated by Progress & Freedom Foundation Senior Fellow Randolph May, addressed these questions and more at this seminar.



The Progress & Freedom Foundation