Event Recap: Should the Internet Be Regulated Like a Public Utility?
June 05, 2014
New Analysis and Lessons from the U.S. and Europe
A heated debate has emerged in Washington and around the country over whether and how the Internet should be regulated. Within the broader discussion of new “network neutrality” proposals, some are advocating regulating the Internet as a public utility, while others are suggesting that the Internet should continue under the current light-touch regulatory approach.
On Wednesday, June 4th, Professor Yoo presented findings from new research that examines data on broadband speeds, investment levels and pricing in the U.S. and E.U., and analyzes the numbers in the context of public policy. Following the presentation, a panel of thought leaders addressed the merits of the different policy approaches.
Christopher Yoo, Professor of Law at the University of Pennsylvania Law School: Founding Director, Center for Technology, Innovation and Competition and Faculty Affiliate of the Penn Wharton Public Policy Initiative.
Gerry Faulhaber, (Moderator), Professor Emeritus of Business Economics and Public Policy at the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania
Blair Levin, Fellow at the Aspen Institute, Former Federal Communications Commission Executive Director, Omnibus Broadband Initiative
Doug Brake, Telecommunications Policy Analyst, The Information Technology and Innovation Foundation