The William F. Buckley Jr. Program at Yale University presents:
A Firing Line Debate on the topic of net neutrality, President Obama’s plan to regulate internet service providers. In December of 2017, President Trump’s Federal Communications Commission voted to repeal President Obama’s net neutrality rules, citing a desire to promote competition on the web.
Speaking in favor of the repeal, Roslyn Layton, a visiting scholar at the American Enterprise Institute, will argue against the 2015 Obama-era rules. Dr. Layton holds a PhD in business economics from Aalborg University and served on President Trump’s transition team for the Federal Communications Commission. She now researches and writes on telecommunications, mobile wireless, financial technology, and other related issues in Washington, DC.
Mitch Stoltz, a senior staff attorney at the Electronic Frontier Foundation, will present the Obama FCC’s case for regulating the internet. Mr. Stoltz holds a JD from Boston University and currently works on cases at the EFF where free speech and innovation intersect with copyright and trademark laws. He was previously the Chief Security Engineer at the Mozilla Project of Netscape Communications (later AOL), where he worked on securing web browsers and protecting against hackers.
This debate is free and open to the public, and refreshments will be provided.