Preserving Broadband Network Privacy


The U.S. Capitol Visitor Center - First Street Northeast
Room SVC 203-02
Washington DC, 20515

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For decades, consumers have been protected by privacy rules at the FCC that protected them from the one company with access to all of their communications: their phone company. When the FCC reclassified broadband as a Title II common carrier service, it gave forbearance to these phone network privacy rules when it came to broadband. And yet, FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler has expressed interest in beginning work on creating appropriate privacy rules for broadband, the essential communications network of this century. 

Are such rules needed and what would the look like?  What is special about broadband networks that the FCC needs to take action to ensure privacy over them?  How does network privacy fit into the broader landscape of privacy policy?

Please join Public Knowledge and the Open Technology Institute at New America as we host a discussion panel presenting recent writings and views on this important topic.


Harold Feld, Public Knowledge
Sarah Morris, Open Technology Institute at New America
Erik Stallman, Center for Democracy & Technology
Mary Sisak, Alarm Industry Communications Committee


Chris Lewis, Public Knowledge

Background Writings:

"The FCC's Role in Protecting Online Privacy" by the Open Technology Institute at New America

"Applying Communications Act Consumer Privacy Protections to Broadband", by the Center for Democracy & Technology

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