Wireless Net Neutrality: One Internet, One Set of Rules

(Ping! Zine Web Hosting Magazine) – Last week FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler proposed strong net neutrality rules that would apply not just to wired internet providers such as Comcast and Time Warner Cable, but also to wireless carriers such as AT&T and T-Mobile. Wheeler proposed “to fully apply–for the first time ever–those bright-line rules to mobile broadband.” With the FCC expected to vote on this proposal February 26, Michael Calabrese, Director of the Wireless Future Project at New America’s Open Technology Institute will deliver remarks at the Wireless Net Neutrality: One Internet, One Set of Rules event today at the U..S. Senate.

“Applying strong net neutrality rules to mobile broadband providers is a complete and welcome turnaround for the FCC, which largely exempted wireless from the 2010 Open Internet rules,” Calabrese said. “Our Congressional briefing will cover the most contested aspects of mobile parity, including technical feasibility, legal authority, the effect on minority communities and the impact on innovation and investment in the adjacent markets for Internet apps, content and services.”

The Congressional briefing is open to the press and will occur today, Thursday, February 12, 2015 at 3 pm in Russell Senate Office Building, Room 485 (2 Constitution Avenue Northeast, Washington, DC 20002).

Senator Al Franken will lead off this Congressional briefing with his perspective on what is perhaps the most consequential consumer protection and technology policy issue of the decade, followed by an expert panel covering the most controversial aspects of applying net neutrality rules for the first time ever to mobile broadband providers.