It’s been a busy year for tech policy: the Net neutrality debate rages on, Comcast announced plans to buy Time Warner Cable, and, while Congress dawdles on reining in the NSA, it’s getting closer to finally protecting Americans’ privacy from warrantless snooping by law enforcement. But first, check out these two back-to-back events coming up tomorrow (Tuesday, 3/11):
#IPTransition: The Next Steps in Promoting the Values of the IP Transition
Telephone companies want to upgrade to Internet Protocol (IP), saving billions that can be invested in faster broadband service. Now that the FCC has approved AT&T proposal for trials, the discussion has shifted to what’s next. AT&T has agreed, in principle, with Public Knowledge’s proposal for five values that should guide the IP transition, but what do they really mean? And how should they be implemented? Join PK tomorrow (3/11) on the Hill at 10:30am a.m. for a briefing including TF’s Berin Szoka. RSVP today (no livestream) and follow the conversation on Twitter.
#FTCProcess: Should the FTC Be Both Prosecutor and Judge?
At 9:30 a.m., the Washington Legal Foundation will host a panel on how the FTC uses its administrative litigation process as an alternative to suing in court. It’s bad enough that the FTC always wins. This cumbersome process also discourages companies from litigating at all, thus allowing the FTC to build what it calls a “common law” of unadjudicated settlements. Either way, the agency’s ability to operate outside the courts means there’s little check on the FTC’s discretion in regulating privacy, data security, novel competition theories, patents, and more. RSVP today to attend or watch the livestream. (If you’re really feeling dedicated, you can watch this event on the House Wi-Fi network, then go right to the PK event at 10:30).