Daniel Lyons

Daniel Lyons

Daniel Lyons is a visiting fellow with AEI's Center for Internet, Communications, and Technology Policy, and an associate professor at Boston College Law School, where he specializes in telecommunications and Internet regulation, as well as administrative law. Professor Lyons’ scholarship focuses on the challenges that technological development poses for legacy regulatory regimes. Among other topics, he has written on technology convergence and the need to redefine the boundary between federal and state jurisdiction over telecommunications; the relationship between net neutrality and traditional common carriage; and the importance of allowing pricing innovation in broadband markets. He is also a member of the Board of Academic Advisors for the Free State Foundation and a Fellow with the Boston Bar Association. Before joining the faculty, Professor Lyons practiced energy and telecommunications law at Munger, Tolles & Olson and at Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher in Los Angeles. Professor Lyons earned both his bachelor’s degree and juris doctorate from Harvard University and after graduation, he clerked for Hon. Cynthia Holcomb Hall on the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals in Pasadena, California.

Disclosing interconnection agreements creates anticompetitive risks

Last month, the Federal Communications Commission announced that it had begun reviewing the recent interconnection agreements that Netflix signed with Internet service providers Comcast and Verizon. The Commission’s growing interest in the heretofore unregulated interconnection market has prompted some commentators to renew their calls for all interconnection agreements to be filed with the Commission and made publicly available. Greater transparency, they argue, would provide consumers a better understanding of the economics of the Internet ecosystem beyond last-mile broadband networks, and would help the public police potential anticompetitive risks.
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Mobile video on the rise: Regulating disruptive competition

Online video continues to assert its claim to the title of Killer App of the Early 21st Century. On Tuesday, Cisco Systems released its annual Internet traffic forecast, which Re/code amusingly summarized with the headline “Cat Videos, Binge TV Watching Will Account for 84 Percent of Internet Traffic.” Another study released this week suggests that Netflix is making significant inroads into traditional pay television markets....

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In Chile, net neutrality widens the digital divide

With much fanfare, Chile famously enacted the world’s first net neutrality law in 2010. But last week, policymakers applied the law in a way that is likely to be much less popular with consumers. Subtel, the country’s telecommunications regulator, ruled that net neutrality prohibits so-called “Free Social Media” mobile plans that have proven popular in Chile...

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Right to be forgotten? Forget about it

Last week, the European Court of Justice ruled against Google in a landmark case about the so-called “right to be forgotten.” The Court took aim at a very real problem: the fact that an individual’s information can be made available online without his or her consent, and once there, may remain accessible indefinitely. But its solution threatens to harm the flow of information online without actually protecting privacy in any measurable way.

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Further adventures in international mobile innovation

One of our favorite topics here at TechPolicyDaily has been innovation in the information economy, particularly in the mobile space. We extensively analyzed AT&T’s proposed Sponsored Data Program, which allows content providers to pay for the data transmitted to customers that would otherwise count against the consumer’s monthly data...