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To: eon – Subject: kick-ass FCC event

Forwarded conversation


From: John Palfrey
Date: Mon, Feb 25, 2008 at 5:53 PM
To: Staff List , faculty , Berkman Fellows
Cc: Tim Wu

Hi all:

Today at the Berkman Center was wild, and quite wonderful. The FCC
hearing on network management practices brought an overflow crowd to
Ames Courtroom. We heard — and our own Yochai (and great friends
former-HLS-student-now-bigtime-prof.. Tim Wu and
former-HLS-student-soon-to-be-prof. Marvin Ammori) participated in —
this crucial debate as it broke in real-time. It was terrific to see it
happen here, as part of Berkman@10.

What was not so obvious was the fact that we got an email about 2 weeks
ago from the Chairman’s office asking if we could host this event. The
work of Catherine, Colin, and literally the whole crew to pull off a
300+ person event with no notice and in the midst of lots of other
madness (web site relaunch, other events, Berkman@10 planning) was
breathtaking. I realize that this cost people around here sleep and
added to gray hairs and so forth. But, wow, your work paid off today —
to have that issue, and that energy, on our watch, in our midst. Many


John Palfrey
e: jpalfrey
p: 617-384-9132

From: William Fisher
Date: Mon, Feb 25, 2008 at 6:00 PM
To: John Palfrey
Cc: Staff List , faculty, Berkman Fellows, Tim Wu

I want to add my thanks to John’s. It was an extraordinary event —
probably the best governmental hearing I’ve ever attended. The
combination of excellent panels and the freewheeling questioning by
the commissioners was very informative. Thanks to all for putting it
together — so well and so fast.


From: Yochai Benkler
Date: Mon, Feb 25, 2008 at 6:59 PM
To: faculty @eon
Cc: John Palfrey, Staff List, faculty, Berkman Fellows, Tim Wu

Just to add my thanks. It was extraordinary to see how seamlessley this all
went, and with what enormous turnout (including what seemed to be the Comcast Cheerleaders Brigade…) and crisp conversation.


From: John Palfrey
Date: Tue, Feb 26, 2008 at 7:36 AM
To: Staff , faculty , Fellows

From our friend Tim Wu:


—–Original Message—–
From: Tim Wu

Date: Mon, 25 Feb 2008 18:32:39
To:John Palfrey
Cc:Staff List ,faculty ,Berkman Fellows
Subject: Re: FCC event today


I doubt I can send a message to these lists, so could you forward?

Hi everyone Berkman

This is Tim Wu, once vaguely associated with Berkman. I felt the
Berkman center really did what it was invented for today –
congratulations for hosting such a kick-ass event.

The hearing was to my ears at least, riveting, and certainly much
better than the net neutrality shouting matches that are the
Washington DC staple. Much appreciation,


Tim Wu

when appropriate (in my judgment) to an open project and not sensitive (in my judgment) in terms of privacy, i may post email to my blog. all privacy requests respected.

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