Christopher Yoo Discusses Congress & the Open Internet Order – Video from 2011 Net Caucus

By TAP Staff Blogger

Posted on January 27, 2011


Last week during the 2011 State of the Net Conference, TAP academic, Christopher Yoo participated in the panel that discussed “Congress and the Open Internet.” Video of the discussion is available below.

The panel discussed and debated the political, legal and marketplace implications following the Federal Communications Commission's December 21 Open Internet order. The participants considered what the 112th Congress' reaction will be, considering the strong feelings many Members have expressed about FCC authority over the Internet.

Questions they explored include:

  • Based on the Chairman's letter on asserting ancillary jurisdiction under Title I, what are the legal consequences of this ruling and what would be the substance of the expected court challenges?

  • What effect, if any, will FCC rules have on innovation in the marketplace?

  • If decisions will be on a case-by-case basis, subject to the new framework, what existing issues would fit under FCC authority and which would not?

  • How does the ruling affect the wireless space?

Christopher Yoo is the Director of the Center for Technology, Innovation & Competition at the University of Pennsylvania Law School. Professor Yoo has emerged as one of the nation’s leading authorities on law and technology. His research focuses on how economic theories of imperfect competition are transforming the regulation of the Internet and other forms of electronic communications. He has been a leading voice in the “network neutrality” debate that has dominated Internet policy over the past several years.