Internet Regulation in 2020

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Debates about Internet regulation in the U.S. currently focus on the FCC’s 2010 Open Internet order and its May 2014 notice of proposed rulemaking. Beyond these debates loom longer-term questions about Internet regulation. What can and should the Internet be in 2020? What is the appropriate regulatory approach to take in the next few years, and how should it be implemented? From an engineering and economic standpoint, what are the most significant realistic changes to broadband networks by 2020? How might these developments affect, and be affected by, regulatory policy? What metrics should policymakers use to determine which regulatory decisions should be made in the near future, and which can and should await future developments?

The symposium brought together a small group of leading authorities for a discussion of these and related questions. Vint Cerf began the program, and Jon Sallet offered the address, "The Relationship Between Law and Competition: A New FCC Perspective”. Panelists included Tim Berners-Lee, Paul de Sa, Sharon Gillett, Bill Lehr, Ruth Milkman, Jon Nuechterlein, Henning Schulzrinne, Howard Shelanski, Jim Speta, and Daniel Weitzner.