Type: Public event

FCC Commissioner Jessica Rosenworcel on Network Neutrality

Date & time

Sep 17, 2018, 4:00-5:20 pm EDT


Weill Hall, Betty Ford Classroom
735 S. State Street Ann Arbor, MI 48109

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In her dissent from the Federal Communications Commission's May 2018 decision to end net neutrality protections, Commissioner Jessica Rosenworcel wrote, "The FCC is on the wrong side of history, the wrong side of the law, and the wrong side of the American people.  It deserves to have its handiwork revisited, reexamined, and ultimately reversed.  I raised my voice to fight for internet freedom. I’ll keep raising a ruckus to support net neutrality and I hope others will too.”

In this Policy Talks @ the Ford School event, Rosenworcel, a lawyer with over two decades of experience in communications policy and public service, will explore the issues in conversation with University of Michigan's associate general counsel Jack Bernard.

Watch full the discussion:


From the speaker's bio:

Federal Communications Commissioner Jessica Rosenworcel believes that the future belongs to the connected.  She works to promote greater opportunity, accessibility, and affordability in our communications services in order to ensure that all Americans get a fair shot at 21st century success.  She values expanding opportunity to through technology and finding creative solutions to our most pressing policy questions.  From fighting to protect net neutrality to ensuring access to the internet for students caught in the Homework Gap, Jessica has been a consistent champion for connectivity.  She is a leader in spectrum policy, developing new ways to support wireless services from Wi-Fi to video and the internet of things.  She is also a responsible for developing policies to help expand the reach of broadband to schools, libraries, hospitals, and households across the country.  

Named as one of POLITICO’s 50 Politicos to Watch, Jessica brings over two decades of communications policy experience and public service to the FCC.  Prior to joining the agency, she served as Senior Communications Counsel for the United States Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation, under the leadership of Senator John D. Rockefeller IV and Senator Daniel Inouye.  Before entering public service, Jessica practiced communications law in Washington, DC.  

She is a native of Hartford, Connecticut.  She is a graduate of Wesleyan University and New York University School of Law.  She lives in Washington, DC with her husband Mark, and children Caroline and Emmett.  


From the host's bio:

Jack Bernard has worked in the academy for over 30 years and has been with the University of Michigan’s Office of the Vice President and General Counsel since 1999. During the eleven years prior to this work, Jack had been an academic administrator and/or instructor at Macalester College, Saga Daigaku (Japan), and the University of Michigan. He teaches at the University of Michigan’s Schools of Law, Education, and Information, as well as at the Ford School of Public Policy. He is Chair Emeritus of the University of Michigan’s Council for Disability Concerns.

In 2009, Jack received the American Library Association’s “L. Ray Patterson Copyright Award,” as well as the First Decade Award from the National Association of College and University Attorneys. He has also been a Spence Fellow and a researcher at the National Center for Postsecondary Improvement. He received his J. D. from the University of Michigan Law School and Master’s in Higher Education from the University of Michigan’s Center for the Study of Higher and Postsecondary Education. Jack studied neuroscience at Macalester College in St. Paul, Minnesota.


Co-hosted by the University of Michigan School of Information and the Science, Technology and Public Policy Program.