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6991Two NN Events Tomorrow

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  • Seth Johnson
    Mar 10, 2008
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      Two events tomorrow, same time:

      Susan Crawford will speak to the House Judiciary Committee, along with
      Damian Kulash of OK Go, Michele Combs of Christian Coalition of
      America, Rick Carnes of Songwriters Guild of America, Caroline
      Fredrickson of ACLU, and Christopher Yoo of University of
      Pennsylvania:

      Tuesday 03/11/2008 - 2:00 PM
      2141 Rayburn House Office Building
      Judiciary Committee Antitrust Task Force
      Hearing on Net Neutrality and Free Speech on the Internet
      > http://judiciary.house.gov/oversight.aspx?ID=426

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      Harold Feld of Media Access Project and Marvin Ammori of Free Press
      will debate Ken Ferree of the Progress and Freedom Foundation and
      Lawrence Spiwak of the Phoenix Center:

      Broadband Industry Practices Webcast
      Debate on Net Neutrality
      March 11, 2008 - 2 PM ET
      > http://www.vontv.net/events/080311/


      Susan has the bigger task, I think, as she will deal with Christopher
      Yoo's odd indirection, and apparently copyright stakeholders are being
      thrown into the mix (which really is off the point, but it suggests
      the level the proceeding will be starting from).

      However, if she is true to form, she can be expected to make the
      single most important point that needs to be stressed as the
      discussion moves toward "network management" and "quality of service"
      -- that the Internet platform is general purpose. This is the most
      important technical point that must always be incorporated in the
      discussion of NN, which will allow us to distinguish what really is
      problematic and what is not. That point leads to practical and
      constructive insight, providing the opportunity for all participants
      to come to understanding of where numerous, diverse concerns are
      appropriately positioned, while we discuss the free speech, privacy,
      common carriage, antitrust, nondiscrimination and other key issues
      that are implied in the "net neutrality" issue.


      Seth
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