FCC on future of Internet at Stanford, THursday April 17
April 9th, 2008


STANFORD, Calif., April 3, 2008-The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) will hold a public, en banc hearing hosted by Stanford Law School’s Center for Internet & Society on broadband network management practices and Internet-related issues Thursday, April 17, 2008 starting at 12 noon (Pacific).

The Commission will hear testimony both from expert panelists, and members of the audience who will be permitted to speak directly to the commissioners during the public comment session.

“We’re delighted the FCC is coming to Stanford to hold a hearing on this important topic, which will radically influence the future of the open Internet,” said Lauren Gelman, executive director of the Center for Internet and Society. “We’re particularly glad that the FCC is including an open comment session so users will have the opportunity to present their views directly before the Commission.”

The hearing will be held on the Stanford campus at Dinkelspiel Auditorium, 471 Lagunita Drive, Stanford University, Stanford, CA 94305. Seating is first-come, first-served, and open to the public.

Hearing schedule:

12:00 p.m. – Welcome/Opening Remarks – Stanford Center for Internet & Society
12:45 p.m. – Panel Discussion 1 – Network Management and Consumer Expectations
2:15 p.m. – Break
3:00 p.m. – Panel Discussion 2 – Consumer Access to Emerging Internet Technologies & Applications
4:30 p.m. – Public Comment
6:30 p.m. – Closing Remarks
7:00 p.m. – Adjournment

As details about the hearing become available, they will be posted at the Center for Internet & Society: http://cyberlaw.stanford.edu.

This will be the FCC’s second hearing on broadband network management and follows a February 25, 2008 hearing at Harvard University. For contextual information about the first hearing, please see: http://www.fcc.gov/headlines.html and go to headline: “FCC En Banc Hearing on Broadband Network Management Practices, Cambridge, Massachusetts.”

The public may file comments or other documents with the Commission and should reference docket numbers 07-52 when filing by paper. To file electronically, go to http://gullfoss2.fcc.gov/prod/ecfs/upload_v2.cgi and enter proceeding number 07-52. Filing instructions are provided at http://www.fcc.gov/cgb/ecfs/

Sign language interpreters and open captioning will be provided for this event. Other reasonable accommodations for people with disabilities are available upon request to the FCC’s Consumer & Governmental Affairs Bureau.

Campus directions & maps: http://www.stanford.edu/home/visitors/maps/


Stanford Law School:
Judith Romero, judith.romero@stanford.edu, 650.723.2232, http://law.stanford.edu/news

For press: Robert Kenny at 202-418-2668 or Clyde Ensslin at 202-418-0506,

For accessibility and similar accommodations: call 202.418.0432 (voice) or 202.418.0432 (TTY); or send email to fcc504@fcc.gov

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