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FCC To Hold Major "Traffic-Shaping" Public Hearing Monday

February 24, 2008

The Federal Communications Commission will hold an open public hearing Monday on what is often referred to as "traffic-shaping."

An example of traffic shaping is the recent controversies between Comcast and BitTorrent, in which Comcast has admitted that it shunts high-bandwidth Torrent packets to provide its broadband networks with more equilibrium for a greater number of users.

The meeting will be held at HarvardLaw School: specifically, Ames Courtroom, Austin Hall, 1515 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge, MA -- 10AM-4PM- and will feature a wide variety of commenters with different beliefs on traffic shaping.

Here's the program:

11:00 a.m. Welcome/Opening Remarks

11:45 a.m. Technology Demonstration – Gilles BianRosa, Chief Executive Officer, Vuze,

12:00 p.m. Panel Discussion 1: Policy Perspectives:

  • Marvin Ammori, General Counsel, Free Press
  • Yochai Benkler, Professor of Law, Harvard Law School; Faculty Co-Director,Berkman Center for Internet and Society at Harvard Law School
  • Daniel E. Bosley, State Representative, Massachusetts
  • David L. Cohen, Executive Vice President, Comcast Corporation
  • Tom Tauke, Executive Vice President – Public Affairs, Policy and Communications, Verizon Communications
  • Timothy Wu, Professor of Law, Columbia Law School
  • Christopher S. Yoo, Professor of Law and Director, Center for Technology,
  • Innovation, and Competition, University of Pennsylvania Law School
  • 1:30 Lunch break

2:15 Panel Discussion 2: Technological Perspectives

  • Daniel Weitzner, Director, Massachusetts Institute of Technology Decentralized
    Information Group
  • Richard Bennett, Network Architect
  • David Clark, Senior Research Scientist, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
  • Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory
  • Eric Klinker, Chief Technology Officer, BitTorrent
  • David P. Reed, Adjunct Professor, Massachusetts Institute of Technology Media
  • Scott Smyers, Senior Vice President, Network & Systems Architecture Division,
    Sony Electronics Inc.

3:45 p.m. Closing Remarks
4:00 p.m. Adjournment

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