Net neutrality and the Internet's future: Decoding the DC Circuit court's decision
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Event Summary

On Tuesday morning, the DC Circuit Court sided with Verizon in the highly contentious net neutrality case. In a rapid-response Google Hangout, visiting fellows from AEI's Center for Internet, Communications, and Technology Policy (CICT) discussed the implications for the Internet ecosystem going forward.

Participants welcomed the decision as good news, noting that the Internet has always been "open" and that the Federal Communication Commission's (FCC's) net neutrality rules were unnecessary and invasive. However, they expressed concerns that Tuesday's ruling may prompt the FCC to reclassify Internet service providers under Title II of the Communications Act to impose common-carrier regulations — an outcome that would be detrimental for innovation and the well-being of the Internet ecosystem.

Panelists agreed that policymakers ought to take this opportunity to reevaluate telecommunications regulations as a whole. Jeffrey Eisenach concluded the discussion by predicting that doomsday scenarios laid out by net neutrality proponents will not come to fruition.
--Guro Ekrann

Event Description

Today, the DC Circuit Court sided with Verizon  in the highly contentious net-neutrality case. Join AEI’s Center for Internet, Communications, and Technology Policy for a Google Hangout discussion in which panelists will discuss the importance of this ruling, what it means for the Internet, and what is likely to happen next.




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1:00 PM
Richard Bennett, AEI
Babette Boliek, Pepperdine University
Roslyn Layton, Aalborg University
Bret Swanson, Entropy Economics LLC

Jeffrey Eisenach, AEI

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For more information, please contact Guro Ekrann at, 202.862.5882.

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  • Jeffrey Eisenach is a visiting scholar at AEI. Eisenach has served in senior positions at the Federal Trade Commission and the Office of Management and Budget. At AEI, he focuses on policies affecting the information technology sector, innovation, and entrepreneurship. Eisenach is also a senior vice president at NERA Economic Consulting and an adjunct professor at the George Mason University School of Law, where he teaches Regulated Industries. He writes on a wide range of issues, including industrial organization, communications policy and the Internet, government regulations, labor economics, and public finance. He has also taught at Harvard University's Kennedy School of Government and at the Virginia Polytechnic Institute.

    Learn more about Jeffrey Eisenach and AEI's Center for Internet, Communications, and Technology Policy.

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