Dr. Victor W. Pickard Assistant Professor of Communication
Dr. Pickard is the author of America’s Battle for Media Democracy: The Triumph of Corporate Libertarianism and the Future of Media Reform. His research focuses on the history and political economy of media institutions, U.S. and global media activism and the normative foundations and politics of media policy.
"Tom Wheeler's announcement that he's submitting ‘the strongest open internet protections ever proposed by the FCC’ is a big deal for the future of American broadband. It would give the FCC the regulatory authority to prevent Internet service providers from blocking or slowing down websites and other online services. The dramatic shift in the Net Neutrality debate over the past 6 months stands testament to the power of public engagement around core policy issues.”
Joseph J. Diorio, 215-746-1798 or email@example.com
Christopher S. Yoo Professor of Law, Communication and Computer and Information Science at the University of Pennsylvania and faculty affiliate with the Penn Wharton Public Policy Initiative
A leading voice in the “network neutrality” debate, Yoo presented testimony on the Comcast-Time merger before the U.S. Senate and frequently testifies before Congress, the Federal Communications Commission and the Federal Trade Commission. An expert on law and technology, Yoo directs Penn’s Center for Technology, Innovation and Competition. His books include The Dynamic Internet: How Technology, Users and Businesses Are Transforming the Network.
His other publications include Updating Internet Policy for the 21st Century, Is There a Role for Common Carriage in an Internet-Based World?, Internet Policy Going Forward: Does One Size Still Fit All? and Network Neutrality and the Need for a Technological Turn in Internet Scholarship.
“Those who think that subjecting the Internet to the regulatory regime created for the telephone system have forgotten the lessons of history. Policymakers and scholars have long criticized common carriage for killing innovation, increasing prices, and facilitating collusion. It would also limit innovation by forcing those with new ideas to seek permission from the government before they could try something new that fell outside the existing regulatory boxes. Even worse, common carriage has never prevented network providers from charging more for higher classes of service, which has been network neutrality proponents’ primary focus. Subjecting the Internet to telephone-style regulation would inevitably drag the issue into the courts. The last attempt to regulate network neutrality was embroiled in judicial challenges for four years, entailed enormous costs, chilled innovation until the court case ended, and still failed to resolve the issue. The FCC’s most recent effort faces the same fate. Congress has already proposed compromise legislation that would end all debates about the federal government’s authority to regulate network neutrality and would establish rules that would withstand judicial review. Working towards a bipartisan legislative solution represents the best way to make sure that the Internet continues to serve as a driving force for growth and innovation.”
Jacquie Posey, 215-898-6460 or firstname.lastname@example.org