Policy Leaders Identify Open Architecture as the Key to Internet's Broadband Future

The book, edited by Mark N. Cooper and published by the Center for Internet and Society (CIS) at Stanford Law School, grew out of a forum on Capitol Hill cosponsored by CIS and the Consumer Federation of America.

"The book brings together many of the best minds on the convergence of communications technology and public policy and some of the strongest advocates of open architecture as the underpinning of the success of the Internet," Cooper said.

"This book is especially relevant now, as the FCC attempts to reverse its long-sanding commitment to ensuring open, nondiscriminatory interconnection and carriage of data services on the nation's telecommunications networks. Open architecture at the heart of the Internet and telecommunications networks created an environment for dynamic innovation and the widespread adoption of the Internet.

"With two cases pending Supreme Court review, a dozen proceedings ongoing at the FCC, and talk of a rewrite of the 1996 Telecom Act in the air, the future architecture of the Internet hangs in the balance. It is critical for policy makers to have a full appreciation for the importance of principles of open architecture as public policy."

The book combines several classic works on open architecture and public policy with new essays and empirical studies from John W. Butler, Vinton G. Cerf, Earl W. Comstock, Mark N. Cooper, Michael J. Copps, Robert E. Kahn, Mark A. Lemley, Lawrence Lessig, Richard S. Whitt, and Timothy Wu.

The book is available for download at no charge under a creative commons license at: http://cyberlaw.stanford.edu/blogs/cooper/archives/openarchitecture.pdf

Requests for Open Architecture as Communications Policy can be sent to Mark Cooper at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

June 24, 2004
Mark Cooper, Director of Research
June 23, 2004
Consumer Federation of America