Anthony J. Pennings, PhD


Former Special Assistant to President Obama Talks about Telecom Policy at NYU

Posted on | November 29, 2010 | No Comments

Susan Crawford, a former Special Assistant to President Obama for Science, Technology, and Innovation Policy gave a lecture today about the state of telecommunications policy in the United States. Currently she is a professor at Cardozo Law School in New York City and a Visiting Research Collaborator at Princeton’s Center for Information Technology Policy. As part of the Evan Korth’s Computers and Society lecture series at NYU, Dr. Crawford addressed a crowd of about 60 people on challenges posed by the Comcast-NBC Universal merger and opposition to the Net Neutrality rules by lobbyists.
Susan Crawford, a former Special Assistant to President Obama for Science, Technology, and Innovation Policy
What did I take away from the talk? Regulation matters. Deregulation matters. In other words, it matters what stance the government takes on telecommunications issues. For instance, take a look at your cable television bill. That is a result of deregulation.

This was tweeted today Dec 1: FCC’s Chairman Genachowski’s remarks on preserving Internet freedom and openness, streaming at 10:30 a.m. ET at

Apparently his talk is creating quite a controversy.

Prepared Remarks of
Chairman Julius Genachowski
Washington DC
December 1, 2010

I don’t yet have the video for the talk so I’m going to embed a recent talk by Susan Crawford on Rethinking Broadband at the Personal Democracy Forum 2010.


Pennings, Anthony J. “Former Special Assistant to President Obama Talks about Telecom Policy at NYU.” Anthony J. Pennings, PhD. 29 Nov. 2010 <>.


Anthony J. Pennings, PhD has been on the NYU faculty since 2001 teaching digital media, information systems management, and global communications.


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