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Next Steps for Net Neutrality: The Courts Congress of the FCC's Enforcement Bureau

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MEET THE SPEAKERS
Lawrence J. Spiwak
President, Phoenix Center for Advanced Legal & Economic Public Policy Studies
Fred Campbell
Director, Center for Boundless Innovation in Technology
Geoffrey A. Manne
Founder and Executive Director, International Center for Law and Economics
Russell P. Hanser
Partner, Wilkinson Barker Knauer LLP

DESCRIPTION

Last March, the Federal Communications Commission issued its controversial Open Internet Order, in which it reclassified broadband Internet access as a common carrier “telecommunications” service under Title II of the Communications Act. Currently, the Order is on appeal before the D.C. Circuit on an expedited briefing schedule, and oral arguments are scheduled for December 4, 2015.  Given the breadth of the FCC’s Order, the court will have to consider a wide range of legal issues, including questions of administrative law, basic ratemaking law, and even First Amendment questions.

Educational Objectives:
Topics to be discussed include:
• What are the major issues raised on appeal?
• What are the legal ramifications of reclassification (e.g., privacy policy)
• What if the appeal fails – will Congress act?

Who would benefit most from attending this program?
Counsel advising communications and broadcasting companies; professionals involved in media ownership and regulation; intellectual property professionals.

SPEAKERS

LAWRENCE J. SPIWAK, PRESIDENT, PHOENIX CENTER FOR ADVANCED LEGAL & ECONOMIC PUBLIC POLICY STUDIES

Mr. Lawrence J. Spiwak is President of the Phoenix Center for Advanced Legal & Economic Public Policy Studies, a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization that studies broad public-policy issues related to governance, social and economic conditions, with a particular emphasis on the law and economics of the digital age. Mr. Spiwak is a prolific scholar whose academic work is frequently cited by policymakers, major news media and academic journals around the world.  Mr. Spiwak currently serves as the co-chair of the Federal Communications Bar Association’s (FCBA) committee responsible for overseeing the Federal Communications Law Journal.  In 2012, Mr. Spiwak was awarded the FCBA’s Distinguished Service Award by his peers.  Prior to joining the Phoenix Center, Mr. Spiwak was a Senior Attorney with the Competition Division in the FCC’s Office of General Counsel from 1994-1998.  Mr. Spiwak received his B.A. with special honors from the George Washington University in 1986 (Special Honors, Middle Eastern Studies) and his J.D. from the Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law in 1989. Mr. Spiwak is a member in good standing of the bars of New York, Massachusetts, the District of Columbia, and the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit. 


FRED CAMPBELL, DIRECTOR, CENTER FOR BOUNDLESS INNOVATION IN TECHNOLOGY

Mr. Fred Campbell is Director of the Center for Boundless Innovation in Technology, an adjunct professor in the Space, Cyber, and Telecommunications Law LL.M program at the University of Nebraska College of Law, and a founding member of the LL.M program’s advisory board. Mr. Campbell is a former President and CEO of the Wireless Communications Association International and served as Chief of the Wireless Telecommunications Bureau at the Federal Communications Commission (FCC).


GEOFFREY A. MANNE, FOUNDER AND EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR, INTERNATIONAL CENTER FOR LAW AND ECONOMICS

Mr. Geoffrey Manne is the founder and Executive Director of the International Center for Law and Economics (ICLE), based in Portland, Oregon.  In 2015, he was also appointed to the FCC’s Consumer Advisory Commission, where he co-chairs the Broadband Working Group.  Mr. Manne is an expert in the economic analysis of law, drawing on two degrees from the University of Chicago.  He specializes in antitrust, telecommunications, consumer protection, intellectual property, and technology policy, and has been described by Profess Herbert Hovenkamp (the “dean of American Antitrust Law”) as a “top scholar of competition policy and intellectual property.”  His publications have appeared in numerous journals including the Journal of Competition Law and Economics, the Harvard Journal of Law and Public Policy, the Supreme Court Economic Review, and the Columbia Business Law Review.  Mr. Manne has also testified on several occasions before Congress and at the FCC, and he regularly files written comments or amicus briefs on key antitrust, IP, and telecommunications issues.


RUSSELL P. HANSER, PARTNER, WILKINSON BARKER KNAUER LLP

Russell P. Hanser has more than 17 years of experience– in both government and private practice -- working in communications law and commercial litigation.  His practice focuses on the regulation of next-generation broadband services and IP-enabled applications, information privacy, Universal Service, intercarrier compensation, and a range of other issues faced by the information and communications technology industry.  Mr. Hanser’s clients include wireline carriers, mobile wireless providers, cable operators, Internet service providers, equipment manufacturers, and investment advisors.  Mr. Hanser is admitted to practice in the District of Columbia and Massachusetts.  He earned his J.D. from Harvard Law School and his B.A. from Amherst College.