Law Seminars International Presents:

A 90-Minute Expert Analysis via Webcast of

The FCC's Dismantling of Net Neutrality

Key provisions, anticipated impacts, and adaptation strategies

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Program Overview

Who Should Order

Attorneys, business executives, agency officials, consultants, and consumer advocates working on Internet service issues

Why You Should Order

On November 21, the now Republican controlled Federal Communications Commission (FCC) released a draft order proposing to dismantle the Obama era net neutrality policies. The much-publicized vote is scheduled for December 14 with what is expected to be a partisan 3-2 approval of the order along party lines. If approved, the order will reverse the utility-style ("Title II") regulation of mobile and broadband internet access providers, as well as removing the current prohibitions on blocking, throttling, paid prioritization, and general discrimination of Internet access traffic.

The order will also return jurisdiction over broadband internet practices to the Federal Trade Commission and pre-empt state and local regulations that might attempt to restore the Obama era policies. This controversial decision will have a major impact on the future of the Internet, with strong reactions from the information industry, consumers, and lawmakers certain to follow.

We're pleased that, in anticipation of the vote, Law Seminars International has assembled a diverse panel of experts and scheduled an in depth analysis, via webcast, for the next day. We hope you will be able to join us via the web or by phone. Replays also will be available. For background on this complicated topic, we're pleased to also offer our updated publication "The Rise and Fall of Net Neutrality (a short history" (Sapronov & Associates, P.C., Rev. Dec. 2017).

Walt Sapronov, Esq., Moderator, Sapronov & Associates PC

What You Will Learn

  • Key elements of the FCC's order
  • How we can expect the markets to respond
  • Adaptation strategies for consumers
  • Adaptation strategies for start ups

Wednesday, December 20, 2017

10:30 am

The Death of Net Neutrality (Maybe?)

Introduction & Overview

Walt Sapronov, Esq. , Moderator
Sapronov & Associates PC / Atlanta, GA

Elimination of Title II net neutrality regulations on Internet service providers; reversal of Open Internet rules (except transparency); return to the Federal Trade Commission and anti-trust laws for consumer protection

Bennett L. Ross, Esq. , Partner
Wiley Rein LLP / Washington, DC

To what extent are we likely to see new investment in broadband facilities? Who is likely to get a stock price boost from Internet fast lanes and who will have more trouble raising capital?

Timothy K. Horan , Managing Director
Oppenheimer & Co. Inc. / New York, NY

What next for maintaining consumer choice and protections, including privacy and protection from, or compensation for, unfair and deceptive practices

Harold Feld, Esq. , Senior Vice President
Public Knowledge / Washington, DC

Impact on Internet start-ups who cannot afford fast lanes; technical perspective on the ways ISPs can use network management to slow you down and how you can minimize the impact; how to take advantage of open access policies in the EU and other countries

Kevin Goldsmith , Chief Technology Officer
AVVO, Inc. / Seattle, WA

11:45 am

Q & A

Our Distinguished Panel

Walt Sapronov, Walt Sapronov, Moderator, founded Sapronov & Associates PC. He has represented enterprise, carrier and service provider clients including some of the largest in the United States in telecoms transactions, regulation and privacy matters.

Harold Feld, Harold Feld, Senior Vice President of Public Knowledge, formerly was Senior Vice President of Media Access Project, (MAP), where he advocated for the public interest in media, telecommunications and technology. He writes Tales of the Sausage Factory, a progressive blog on media and telecom policy (available at

Kevin Goldsmith Kevin Goldsmith is the Chief Technology Officer at AVVO, Inc. Previously he served as Vice President of Engineering at Spotify and Director of Engineering at Adobe Systems.

Timothy K. Horan Timothy K. Horan is Managing Director at Oppenheimer & Co. Inc. Previously, Mr. Horan was a Research Analyst at Smith Barney, in a group that was ranked number two among wireline services teams in the 1997 Greenwich Associates institutional survey, and a perennial winner of the Institutional Investor analyst survey. Before becoming an Equity Analyst, Mr. Horan worked as a Civil Engineer on various projects in the New York area.

Bennett Ross, p Bennett Ross, p artner, Wiley Rein LLP, advises telecommunications carriers, equipment manufacturers, technology companies, and other clients seeking to navigate the complexities of the U.S. communications regulatory regime. He represents clients in litigation matters in the federal courts as well as before the Federal Communications Commission and state public service commissions and has extensive commercial and transactional experience in the communications sector.

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