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Net Neutrality or Net Neutering in a Post-Brand X World: Self-Regulation, Policy Principles, and Legal Mandates in the Broadband Marketplace

September 21, 2005, 10:30 am - 1:30 pm
Capital Hilton,
1001 16th Street NW,
Washington, DC


  • Keynote: Tom Tauke, Verizon
  • Dan Brenner, National Cable and Telecommunications Association
  • David McClure, U.S. Internet Industry Association
  • Peter Pitsch, Intel
  • Gigi Sohn, Public Knowledge
  • Adam Thierer, The Progress & Freedom Foundation
  • Moderator: Randolph May, The Progress & Freedom Foundation

In June 2003, PFF hosted an early conference on the then-emerging "Net Neutrality" issue. Today, in the post-Brand X world, now that cable and telephone company-provided broadband services have been declared information services, and even though there is more competition than ever before among broadband companies to provide consumers with high-speed access to the Internet, the calls for government intervention to regulate Net access have not abated. Thus, in August, the FCC adopted a policy statement containing four principles it claims will preserve the open and interconnected nature of the Net. This conference examined the rationale and wisdom of the FCC's action, while exploring alternatively whether industry self-regulation, on the one hand, or more stringent new rules and legal mandates on the other, constitute preferable alternatives.



The Progress & Freedom Foundation