FCC appoints Comcast, Netflix executives to Open Internet Advisory Committee

The Federal Communications Commission said Tuesday that it appointed several industry executives to its new Open Internet Advisory Committee.

Appointees include executives from Comcast (Nasdaq: CMCSA), Netflix (Nasdaq: NFLX), AT&T (NYSE: T), Disney (NYSE: DIS) and Cisco (Nasdaq: CSCO).

The committee, which will advise the FCC on topics such as network neutrality and usage-based broadband, plans to hold its first public meeting this summer. With Comcast and Netflix taking opposing sides on net neutrality, the advisory committee hearings will likely feature lively debate.

Comcast senior VP for network engineering Kevin McEarleney was named to the advisory committee, along with Netflix chief product officer Neil Hunt, AT&T VP of research Charles Kalmanek and Disney SVP of strategic planning Elaine Paul.

The committee, which will be chaired by Harvard University professor of law and computer science Jonathan Zittrain, also includes Cisco director of technology policy and Internet governance Chip Sharp and executives from Mozilla, Vistabeam, CloudFlare and Alcatel-Lucent (NYSE: ALU).

For more:
- see the FCC notice

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