Net Fatality: An Oral Legal History of Internet Service Provider Regulations from the Birth of Net Neutrality Through its Death

Tom McNamara
February 24, 2018


How do you like your Internet – free and open, or the opposite of that? This important debate is raging in Congress and the courts following the FCC’s December 2017 decision – under new Chairman Ajit Pai appointed by President Trump – to repeal the Obama-era “Net Neutrality” rules prohibiting broadband companies from imposing restrictions on Internet traffic. The outcome will have serious consequences for Internet companies like Google, Facebook and Netflix, broadband companies like AT&T, Comcast and Verizon, ordinary consumers, and of course, for lawyers who represent any of the above. This program gives you the background you need to understand the current “Net Neutrality” debate and to interpret whatever comes next as these key telecommunications law issues get resolved by Congress, the FCC and the courts.


Tom McNamara, Director, Business and Legal Affairs, Entertainment One Television, Beverly Hills, CA

Tom is a Director of Business and Legal Affairs for Entertainment One (eOne) Television. He negotiates deals and drafts contracts for eOne Television to secure the services of above-the-line talent through the development and production of television projects. Specifically, Tom prepares option/purchase agreements, pilot script agreements, and executive producer agreements, among other agreements. In addition, he has drafted record label licensing agreements, publishing agreements, and management employment contracts for musicians and songwriters with companies such as Kobalt, Red One Publishing, Mr. 305, Inc., Budde Publishing, Single Lock Records, Nevado Music, and Red Light Management. Tom is acutely familiar with royalty structures, publishing rights, ancillary rights, and licensing arrangements on both the record label and publishing sides of the music industry. Furthermore, he is a former business and commercial litigator with comprehensive litigation experience through trial and binding arbitration.

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