The Consumer Electronics SIG Presents...

Network Neutrality: The Debate

Pros and Cons of Net Neutrality

This year the FCC will be addressing one of the most important technology issues of our time, network neutrality or who controls and regulates what's sent on the Internet.  

Supporters of net neutrality contend that the phone and cable companies want to be in charge of the Internet, they want to be able to block user requests, and charge companies such as Google for its use. Essentially, they want no rules. The ISPs contend that they have the right to block certain content and regulate others, because preventing them from doing so, and therefore maximizing profits, violates their First Amendment rights to make a profit. 

Come listen to proponents of both sides discuss and debate this important issue that will directly effect us and our country.


Jason Oxman
Senior Vice President, Industry Affairs, Consumer Electronics Association  
A seasoned veteran of technology and policy for over a decade, Oxman has served the federal government and private sector as a technology expert and communications strategist.  At CEA, he oversees three departments with a combined staff of 50 professionals in the communications, member relations and market research departments.  As a senior executive at CEA, Oxman is responsible for developing and overseeing implementation of strategies for CEA’s portfolio of technology issues.
Prior to joining CEA, Oxman was Managing Director of a D.C.-based multidisciplinary public relations firm serving technology clients.  Over the past decade, he has held senior executive positions in corporations and trade associations, including General Counsel of a telecommunications industry trade association and Vice President of a Silicon Valley-based technology company.  Oxman also worked under two different Federal Communications Commission chairmen to develop and implement technology and broadband policies.  A former broadcast journalist at both commercial and public radio stations, Oxman is also a lawyer.

Jon Healey
Editorial Writer, Los Angeles Times
Jon Healey is a member of the editorial board at the Los Angeles Times, which means he is one of a nameless, faceless group writing screeds that, technically speaking, reflect the views of the publisher (whoever that happens to be at the time). His main contributions to the editorial page are pieces about intellectual property, technology, the economy, regulation, and general business issues. He also created the Bit Player blog in 2006 as a way to write more about the collision of entertainment and technology. Bit Player is now part of the Times’ Technology blog, Prior to joining the board, he spent five years as a business reporter at the Times covering the entertainment-technology convergence. As a result, he spent the bulk of his time writing about lawsuits. Other career stops include stints at the San Jose Mercury News, Congressional Quarterly and the Winston-Salem Journal.

George Ou
Policy Director, Digital Society
George Ou was a Senior Analyst at before joining Digital Society. Before that, he was Technical Director and Editor at Large at and wrote one of their most popular blogs “Real World IT“.  Before journalism, Mr. Ou was a network engineer. He built and designed wired network, wireless network, Internet, storage, security, and server infrastructure for various fortune 100 companies. George Ou is also a Certified Informations Systems Security Professional.

Rick Clancy
Corporate Communications and Social Media Executive/Advisor
Former SVP Corporate Communications,
Sony Electronics
Rick Clancy’s name is the first word in the groundbreaking book about social networking called “Groundswell” – and with good reason.  The former senior vice president of corporate communications at Sony Electronics served on its management committee as the “executive champion” for companywide social media initiatives. One of those initiatives was the CE industry’s and Sony’s first corporate blog, which Rick hosted and launched with his team in 2007.  In addition, he drove the development of Sony's first interactive social networking community with the blog as its cornerstone. The community site now links to other micro-sites or neighborhoods. It also houses photos, features videos, and offers consumer polls and profiles. Other social networking initiatives included Sony’s Facebook page, YouTube channel and Twitter debut.  As Sony’s head of corporate communications for nearly 12 years, Rick was the face and the voice of Sony in America -- both with mainstream and online media, and, through the blog, directly with consumers.  One of his major efforts involved a nationwide 40-day blog tour of the company’s 40-plus Sony Style stores, blogging all along the way while engaging face-to-face with consumers, employees and journalists.  Rick also played a key role in the corporation’s global communications network, embracing and guiding members from Asia, Europe and the Americas, as well as sister company counterparts in the entertainment, video game and mobile electronics segments of the business.

Tuesday, April 6th, 2010

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