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Friday, September 27 • 4:00pm - 5:30pm
Is Common Carriage Still Relevant?

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Communications is increasingly all-IP and flows over cellular or broadband networks. A great deal of it is mediated not just traditional "carriers" but also by platforms such as Skype, Facebook, Twitter, or Google. Where does this leave the concept of common-carrier networks? Primary features of telephone common carriage included regulated monopoly where each customer was to be able to call every other customer at clearly defined and nondiscriminatory tariffs. In a time when a circuit-switched "call" is increasingly archaic and customers generally have choices, is common carriage merely an anachronism?

This panel will discuss how common carriage has been applied in the IP world and whether and how it should be applied in the future. Up to now, common carriage's most important modern equivalents have been "open access" and "network neutrality." These relate to two quite different relationships, the first between physical infrastructure and communications services, the second between service providers and content.


Carolyn Gideon

Asst Prof Int'l Communication and Tech Policy, Tufts University - Fletcher School


Chris Hogendorn

Wesleyan University

Mark Jamison

PURC, University of Florida

Christopher S. Yoo

University of Pennsylvania Law School

Friday September 27, 2013 4:00pm - 5:30pm PDT
Founders Hall 111

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