FCC names Disney, Netflix, AT&T to net-neutrality oversight panel


Harvard Law professor Jonathan Zittrain will serve as chairman of the committee, while David Clark, a research specialist at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and early Internet pioneer, will serve as co-chairman.

While the committee does not include some of the most vocal opponents of net neutrality, some of the companies represented are publicly ambivalent about the FCC’s order, including AT&T.

While many Internet providers condemned the FCC's net-neutrality order when it was adopted, AT&T Vice President Jim Cicconi commended the FCC at the time for “seeking a fair middle ground in this contentious debate." 

NetCompetition.org, a group that represents many foes of net neutrality, said the FCC’s order has not lived up to promises.

“The adoption of the FCC’s Open Internet Order in 2010 was not the proverbial font of all good things and investment that has occurred in the sector since the FCC’s action, as the FCC’s Public Notice claims," NetCompetition.org president Scott Cleland said in a statement to The Hill.

"The claimed investment and competitive advances were in training well in advance of the FCC order’s adoption; the FCC’s rules took 11 long months to become official; and most in the industry assume the FCC’s rules will be overturned in court,” Cleland said.

Other companies represented on the FCC panel include Comcast, Cisco systems and Alcatel-Lucent. The Writers Guild of America and the National Urban League were also given slots on the committee. 

— This story was updated at 2:05 p.m.