Net Neutrality in the United States

Berkman Klein Center for Internet & Society hosts talk with Christopher S. Yoo and Matthew Wood

The Jan. 4 release of the Federal Communications Commission’s Restoring Internet Freedom Order marked the most recent turn of events in the longstanding and ever-changing debate over net neutrality.

On Jan. 25, a panel of leading experts convened at Harvard law School to explore the consequences of this action, including the implications of the order, the outcome of the judicial challenge and the possibility of legislative reform.

The event, co-sponsored by the Berkman Klein Center for Internet & Society at Harvard and the Harvard Journal of Law & Technology (JOLT), featured Christopher Yoo, the John H. Chestnut Professor of Law, Communication, and Computer & Information Science and founding director of the Center for Technology, Innovation and Competition at the University of Pennsylvania, and Matt Wood ’01, policy director at Free Press, one of the country’s leading Net Neutrality advocacy groups, which successfully intervened to defend the 2015 FCC open internet rules and last week filed a petition for review challenging repeal of those rules.

The author of four books, Yoo is recognized as one of the most cited scholars in administrative/regulatory law and intellectual property. He frequently testifies before Congress, the Federal Communications Commission, the Federal Trade Commission, and foreign governments.  He is currently serving as a member of the Federal Communication Commission’s Broadband Deployment Advisory Committee, the Board of Advisers for the American Law Institute’s Project on Principles of Law for Data Privacy, and as a co-convener of the United Nation’s Internet Governance Forum’s Connecting and Enabling the Next Billions initiative.