On September 9, the D.C. Circuit Court will hear oral arguments in Verizon’s lawsuit challenging the Federal Communications Commission’s Open Internet Order. This is a key moment that will shape the future of the open Internet. The outcome of the case is important to preserving the Internet as an open platform for free speech, civic participation, news and information, commerce and everyday communications. The case will also reopen the debate about whether the FCC has the authority to implement other broadband policy reforms.
The core principles of universal service, interconnection, nondiscrimination, privacy and free speech have been the foundation of U.S. communications policy for a century. These principles facilitated the development of a national communications network and fostered innovation and economic growth. The platforms and technologies over which communications flow have changed, but we must preserve and protect these fundamental values.
Unfortunately, many important programs and policies have suffered as the FCC has struggled to define the scope of the 1996 Telecommunications Act. These challenges have made it clear that we need to ensure these bedrock principles endure in the broadband age.
This event brought together experts to discuss their vision for a modern regulatory framework that is rooted in longstanding principles and also reflects the realities of an emerging broadband, IP-based communications infrastructure.
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