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Robert McDowell to Discuss FCC's Net Neutrality Proposal at Hudson Institute Event

February 23, 2015

Wiley Rein partner Robert M. McDowell will be a featured speaker at a Hudson Institute event on Tuesday, February 24, focusing on the Federal Communications Commission’s (FCC) proposal to regulate broadband Internet service as a telecommunications service under Title II of the Communications Act.  The discussion, “American Broadband Under Title II,” is scheduled for 10am – 11:30am.

The discussion will also feature Scott Cleland of Precursor, and will be moderated by Hudson Institute senior fellow Harold Furchgott-Roth.  Mr. McDowell, who served as an FCC commissioner from 2006 to 2013 and joined Wiley Rein’s preeminent Communications Practice last year, is also a senior fellow at the Hudson Institute. 

The FCC has scheduled a February 26 vote on the proposed reclassification, which would deviate from 15 years of FCC precedents that repeatedly specified that broadband is not regulated under Title II.  Testifying last month at a net neutrality hearing convened by the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation, Mr. McDowell noted that “Title II has the potential to be devastating to the entire Internet ecosystem.”

During his seven years on the commission, Mr. McDowell had voted against the FCC’s two previous attempts to issue net neutrality rules.

To register for the Hudson Institute event, click here.  To watch a live webcast, click here.