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This week, the D.C. Circuit issued its long-awaited opinion in Mozilla v. Federal Communications Commission in which the court largely upheld the Commission’s 2017 Restoring Internet Freedom Order that reversed the Obama Administration’s 2015 decision to apply common carrier regulation to the Internet. While the court upheld the bulk of the agency’s actions as reasonable under the Supreme Court’s rulings in Chevron and Brand X, the court also found that the agency lacked plenary preemption authority over state efforts to regulate the Internet under the FCC’s theory of the case. As such, this case does not mark the end of the net neutrality debate; instead, it simply closes one chapter and opens a new one.
In this teleforum, a panel of legal and economic experts shares their views of the court’s reasoning and of the implications of this case upon the on-going net neutrality debate.
— Dr. George S. Ford, Chief Economist, Phoenix Center for Advanced Legal & Economic Public Policy Studies
— Russell P. Hanser, Partner, Wilkinson Barker Knauer, LLP
— Prof. Daniel Lyons, Professor of Law, Boston College Law School
— Moderator: Lawrence J. Spiwak, President, Phoenix Center for Advanced Legal & Economic Public Policy Studies
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