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Open Internet Forum With the Council Tech Committee - To Review Contentious National Net Neutrality Rules

From: Samuel W.
Sent on: Thursday, November 19, 2009 4:02 PM



November 19, 2009



Contact : Kunal Malhotra



Open Internet Forum

With The Council Tech Committee

Committee Aims to Review Contentious National Net Neutrality Rules


Who:   Council Committee on Technology in Government, Technology Community, Entrepreneurs, Developers, Telecoms, Academia, Non-Profits, Advocacy Groups

When: Friday, November 20, 2009, 10 AM

What:  Public Hearing on Net Neutrality Rules

Where: City Hall, Council Chambers, New York, NY 10007

            (The Hearing will be webcasted through and tweeted on More details below.)

Directions: R, W to City Hall; 4, 5, 6 to Brooklyn Bridge-City Hall; 2, 3 to Park Place; J, M, Z to Chambers Street. You can enter at either the Broadway/Murray St. or Park Row entrances.


CITY HALL, NY - On Friday, November 20, 2009 at 10 AM in the Council Chambers of City Hall, the New York City Council Committee on Technology in Government will hold a public hearing regarding the Federal Communications Commission's (FCC) six principles of Net Neutrality.  This hearing seeks to gain insight into these principles, which the FCC seeks to codify. Friday’s hearing will assess whether the Net Neutrality principles as articulated would effectively obtain the goal of maintaining a free and open Internet.  Also, the hearing serves as an opportunity to examine pending Resolution 712A-2007, which asks the FCC and Congress to set firm Net Neutrality regulations.  You can view the resolution at


The FCC announced the six principles – made up of four previous rules from 2005 and two new ones articulating regulation around network transparency and nondiscrimination – in late October 2009. The FCC made a request for public comment on this matter and the Committee on Technology in Government will draw from the hearing's testimonies to draft a letter that includes citywide input.


The Committee on Technology in Government will be live twittering and webcasting this entire public hearing. 

  • You can follow us on twitter at and use the tag #reso712A and #netneutrality if you have any comments, suggestions, and questions during the hearing.  Wireless Internet is available to attendees to tweet this hearing.
  • If you are unable to attend the hearing, you can view the live webcast at  You may also use the chat function available on the site for comments, questions and suggestions.


If you want to attend and/or testify at this hearing, please contact Kunal Malhotra, Legislative and Budget Director, at [address removed] or Samuel Wong, Legislative Aide on Technology, at [address removed].  Both are reachable at our City Hall Office at (212)[masked].


Many individuals have been invited to attend.  Some of those we are expecting are:


Harmony Institute

One Blue Brick

Brooklyn Law School

McDonough School of Business Center for Business and Public Policy, Georgetown University

Open Government Foundation

Media and Democracy Coalition

Open Internet Coalition

Common Cause

National Cable and Telecommunications Association

Open Video Alliance

NYU Stern School of Business

People’s Production House

Entertainment Consumers Association

New America Foundation

Public Knowledge


NY Community Media Alliance

Songwriters Guild of America

Fordham University, Graduate School of Business

New York Law School, Advanced Communications Law & Policy Institute

Union Square Ventures

Free Press

NYS Telecommunications

Writers Guild of America - Northeast

Future of Music Coalition






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