The video of the FCC workshop on Speech, Democratic Engagement, and the Open Internet is up on the FCC’s web site already. I can’t say there was much enlightening dialog in this event; it was pretty much the same tired old rhetoric we’ve heard for the last four years on the subject, with some exceptions.
One speaker, Bob Corn-Revere, was very good, quite clear about the potential dangers of the proposed anti-discrimination rule, and another, Glenn Reynolds, briefly mentioned reservations about them but didn’t amplify. Another speaker denounced volume-based pricing as a racist practice, and several others displayed astonishing ignorance about the nature of information bottlenecks on the Internet by way of proposing different rules for sites like YouTube and search services than those that would apply to ISPs. The reality is that people don’t stream video from their home computers today because of capacity limits, so any attempt to free video streams from content-based restrictions has to start with the services that people use to locate and host these streams.
So the workshop was pretty much a waste of time unless you just awoke from a five year long coma. Not that the FCC meant for it to be, of course, just that there wasn’t much there. And to make matters worse, the written testimony is not available from the FCC, but thanks to PFF you can see Bob Corn-Revere’s statement here.