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Will the Obama Administration Abandon its Technology Agenda?

Crawford, Wu and Ammori on the FCC’s Authority to Protect the Open Internet


Free Press will host a teleconference for
reporters on Wednesday with three well-known Internet law experts on the
Federal Communications Commission's authority to carry out many of the
most important aspects of the National Broadband Plan and to protect the
open Internet.

University of Michigan law professor and former Obama
economic adviser Susan Crawford, Columbia Law School
professor Tim Wu (invited), and University of Nebraska
law professor Marvin Ammori will speak with the press
on Wednesday, May 5 at noon (EST).

President Obama's FCC may be poised to retreat in its Net
Neutrality efforts and hinder its promises to bring broadband to all
Americans. The Washington Post reported on Monday that
Julius Genachowski, the FCC chairman, is close to caving to pressure
from the powerful phone and cable lobby and abandoning the top items on
the Obama administration's technology agenda.

We will address key questions such as: What would happen if
the FCC fails to reassert its authority by reclassifying broadband
transmission? What is the legal basis for claims that the FCC could
enact the National Broadband Plan under Title I of the Communications

Next Steps for Chairman Genachowski and the FCC

When: Wednesday, May 5, 2010

Time: Noon (Eastern)

Call-in: 888-792-8352 (Code

Who: Susan Crawford, professor at the
University of Michigan Law School

Marvin Ammori, Free Press senior
advisor and professor at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln School of

Tim Wu, chairman of the board at
Free Press and professor at Columbia Law School (invited)

Josh Silver, executive director
of Free Press

Last week, Ammori, Crawford, and Wu, sent a letter to FCC
Chairman Julius Genachowski outlining the legal argument to reclassify

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