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Faculty Affiliate Kevin Werbach is interviewed on CNBC regarding PM Theresa May’s assertion that social media should be more heavily regulated following recent attacks in London and Manchester.
He asserts that social media companies need to take more responsibility, “they’re not just reflecting the world, they’re actually shaping it and they need to understand that they have fundamental responsibilities.”
As the FCC looks to change network neutrality rules in favor of lighter regulation, the D.C. Circuit Court is likely to play a major role.
Faculty Affiliate Kevin Werbach comments on speculation about how the FCC might rule, “policymakers don’t have the luxury to make decisions based on how they believe the court should have ruled.”
Representative Marsha Blackburn has proposed a new bill that would reinstate under more strict terms the consumer protections that were stripped by a previous bill this year. Those following FCC rules and internet privacy rights were surprised by the move.
Professor Kevin Werbach comments, “it’s either an insignificant political stunt or a turning point in internet regulation.”
Supporters of net neutrality rules knew they were in for a fierce debate when their leading opponent, Federal Communications Commission chairman Ajit Pai, scheduled a speech on the issue for this week. Pai’s efforts to dismantle net neutrality rules were greatly supported by the Republican party and AT&T, Verizon, and Comcast, three of the country’s largest Internet service providers, have all issued statements supporting Pai’s efforts.
The move to create a deep partisan divide over net neutrality troubles Faculty Affliate Kevin Werbach, a professor at the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania who worked on Internet issues at the FCC during the Clinton administration in the 1990s and comments in this Fortune article.