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FCC Effort to Regulate Internet Ignores History of Past Failures

February 25, 2015 - Federal Communications Commission (FCC) chairman Tom Wheeler claims that his plan to regulate Internet Service Providers (ISPs) under Title II of the 1934 Telecommunications Act is "rooted in long-standing regulatory principles."

Registration Now Open for TPI Aspen Forum

February 24, 2015 - Online registration is now open for the 2015 Technology Policy Institute Aspen Forum, scheduled this year for August 16 - 18.

Event Video Now Available Patents in Theory and Practice: Implications for Reform

February 12, 2015 - Video of the February 11th event, "Patents in Theory and Practice: Implications for Reform" is now available on the TPI website. Panel presentations have also been posted.

Delays in Release of FCC Orders Illustrate Transparency Issues

February 10, 2015 - The Federal Communications Commission's unique custom of voting on orders not yet released to the public, and granting "editorial privileges" after approval, raises obvious transparency concerns, explains Scott Wallsten in "Administrative Procedures, Bureaucracy, and Transparency: Why Does the FCC Vote on Secret Texts?" released today by the Technology Policy Institute. Moreover, an analysis of delays in publication in the federal register after the vote suggests that edits made after the approval of an order go beyond simple copy editing and are probably of a more substantive nature.

Event - Patents in Theory and Practice: Implications for Reform

February 10, 2015 - Patent reform is high on the agenda for the upcoming Congress. Proponents of reform claim the current system produces excessive litigation, particularly on the part of "patent assertion entities," imposing costs on entrepreneurs and others and deterring innovation. Those on the other side suggest that the litigation explosion is overstated and that patent reform efforts will weaken intellectual property protections to the detriment of innovation. Complicating this issue is that the effects of the America Invents Act, recent court decisions, as well as changes at USPTO are still unfolding.

Aspen Forum 2015