Looking for Your Ideas, Questions for Upcoming Panel Discussion On Broadband and Mobile
I'll be moderating a panel next Monday on broadband and mobile tech at The Brookings Institution. The discussion will follow a speech by Federal Communications Commission Chairman Julius Genachowski, who in a recent House oversight hearing affirmed his commitment to creating a plan by February to bring broadband Internet to all Americans. Genachowski also reiterated his support for rules that prevent network operators from prioritizing certain content or applications on their networks. Also in the hearing, a key Democratic lawmaker, Rep. Henry Waxman (D-Calif)., threw his weight behind a bill that would create a new net neutrality law. Now the question is whether Genachowski will come up with additional regulation on net neutrality at the agency.
Panelists include Skype CEO Josh Silverman, Free Press Director of Pollicy Ben Scott, Brookings VP and Directorr of Governance Studies, and Verizon Communications VP of Federal Regulatory Affairs David Young.
The conversation will be based on Genachowski's comments at the event, but will also focus on a report by West about what consumers expect from their wireless services. In a recent study, West found that the most common frustrations with cell phones in the United States are the length of service contracts, roaming charges, cost of domestic calls, and lack of desired features.
The FCC is reviewing competition in the wireless industry, and is taking up the following issues: handset exclusivity, the alleged blocking of applications like Skype and Google Voice on AT&T's network, and criticisms over high cell phone roaming and texting charges. All eyes in the industry have been on Genachowski to act on comments received during the wireless review.
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