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Information Technology and Innovation Foundation: 2017 Telecom Priorities for Congress and the FCC

Information Technology and Innovation Foundation – 1101 K St NW
Washington, DC

The new administration will likely bring fundamental changes in jurisdiction of the Federal Communications Commission. Many expect former Chairman Wheeler’s signature policy shift – using the pretext of net neutrality rules to classify broadband internet access services as a telecommunications service under Title II of the Communications Act – to be undone. How that undoing is done matters immensely.

Does a unified republican government seize the opportunity for a comprehensive update to the Communications Act? Or does a smaller grant of authority for basic open internet rules make more sense? Or can the FCC handle reverting Title II on its own? What would any of these changes mean for key policy issues like net neutrality, broadband privacy and lifeline support for low-income broadband users? To what extent should a Republican FCC seek a compromise on net neutrality that may prove more lasting than the outgoing chairman’s solution? Join ITIF as we host a panel of experts to discuss these questions and more. Cooley partner Robert McDowell will speak at this event.

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Robert M. McDowell Partner, Washington, DC