Federal Internet Law & Policy
An Educational Project
Robert Cannon

Robert Cannon Robert Cannon is in the Federal Communication Commission's Office of Strategic Planning and Policy Analysis. Robert provides advice to the Commission on Internet law and policy. He served on the National Broadband Plan team and assisted with the FCC's Open Internet proceeding. In 2010, the FCC released his working paper Potential Impacts on Communications from IPv4 Exhaustion & IPv6 Transition. He has served on the Interagency Working Group on Cloud Computing, the Online Safety & Technology Working Group, the Interagency Working Group on Barriers to Ecommerce and the Interagency Cybercrime Treaty Working Group. He regularly teaches courses for the FCC University including "Internet 101: Law, History, and Economics" and "Introduction to Communications Law." He also teaches a course on FCC Internet policy for the US Telecommunications Training Institute. He has also served as a grant reviewer for NTIA's TOP Program. Prior to this position, he was Deputy Director of the FCC's Y2K Task Force.

Robert is also the Founder and Director of the Cybertelecom, a not for profit educational project focused on federal Internet law and policy. The goal of the project is to create an educational resource, providing background information on law and policy. In this capacity, Robert produces the extensive Cybertelecom website, blogs, moderates the Cybertelecom-l online discussion group, and presents scholarly research. He recently presented his paper on the AntiCybersquatting Consumer Protection Act at the Telecommunications Policy Research Conference. Cybertelecom has become a vital reference to scholars, lawyers, advocates, and researchers.

Robert was the Program Committee Chair of Telecommunications Policy Research Conference for the 2003 & 2004. He was guest co-editor of the Telecommunications Policy journal's special TPRC edition for 2004 & 2005.

Robert was the creator and co-chair of the Federal Communication Bar Association's Online Communications Committee. He was awarded a Presidential Award for his work on Y2K, and the Lone Star Award from the Texas ISP Association

In 1992, Robert served as a judicial clerkship to Judge Steffen Graae in D.C. Superior Court.

Robert Cannon and his family were featured in a Washington Post Article Volunteering, Family-Style, Wash Post 1/5/2004. In 2007, he was awarded the Bronze Presidential Volunteer Service Award. From 2005-09, he was an assistant coach with the Montgomery Youth Hockey Association; he has also been a volunteer coach with the Reston Raiders, Northern Virginia Cool Cats, Ashburn Ice House, Arlington Aces Soccer, Arlington Babe Ruth Baseball, Arlington Basketball, Williamsburg Middle School Ultimate Frisbee team, and Odyssey of the Mind. He has also captained several Washington Area Frisbee Club teams including establishing and leading the FCBA/FCC's team Seven Dirty Words.

Legal Experience



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  • The Wayward AntiCybersquatting Consumer Protection Act (presented at Telecommunications Policy Research Conference 2011)

    Potential Impacts on Communications of IPv4 Exhaustion & IPv6 Transition, FCC Working Paper (2010)

    STEAL MORE WIFI! (2009) (available at SSRN)

    State Regulatory Approaches to VoIP: Policy, Implication, and Outcome, 57 FCLJ 479 (2005).

    There is no Geography on the Internet and other Hyperbole (presented at TPRC 2004).

    Will the Real "Internet" Please Stand Up: An Attorney's Quest to Define the Internet, TPRC Book 2003 (MIT Press 2003).

    The Legacy of the Computer Inquiries, 55 FCLJ 167 (2003).

    ENUM: The Collision of Telephony and DNS Policy, Communications Policy and Information Technology (MIT Press 2002).

    Where ISPs and Telephone Companies Compete: A Guide to the Computer Inquiries, 9 Commlaw Conspectus 207 (2001); also published in Communications Policy in Transition (MIT Press 2001).

    Y2K Communications Sector Report, Federal Communications Commission in conjunction with the Network Reliability & Interoperability Council (1999) (I was Deputy Director of the FCC Y2K Task Force and edited this report)

    The Legislative History of Senator Exon's Communications Decency Act: Regulating Barbarians on the Information Superhighway, 49 FCLJ 51 (1996) (republished in anthology Pornography: Private Right or Public Menace; cited before Supreme Court in Reno v. ACLU).

    (I no longer track individual articles or blog posts)

    Mr. Internet Goes to Washington, Internet Industry Magazine (Fall 2001).

    Cover Your Assets - What to Do When the Authorities Come Knocking on Your Door, Boardwatch (Sept. 2001)

    Coping with COPPA: Children's Privacy in an Online Jungle, New Architect (Aug. 2001)

    Let Uncle Sam Help You - Federal Money Programs Help Your Bottom Line, Boardwatch (Jul. 2001).

    Who Has Your Identity? Protect Your Customers from Identity Theft, Boardwatch (Jun. 2001).

    The Children's Internet Protection Act: Filters for Funds?, Boardwatch (Mar. 2001).

    Where ISPs and Telephone Companies Compete, Boardwatch (Nov. & Dec. 2000).

    How the Communications Decency Act Helps Good Samaritans: Liability for Third Party Defamation, ISPWORLD (Oct. 2000).

    Privacy Protection- ISP Customer Info in Danger, Boardwatch (Oct. 2000).

    Children's Online Privacy Protection Act, Boardwatch (Jul. 2000).

    The ABCs of the FCC, Boardwatch (Jun. 2000).

    Running Code and a Pot of Coffee: Review of Y2K Efforts and Results, Boardwatch (Apr. 2000).

    Enforcement Options before the FCC, Boardwatch (Jan. 2000).

    Reinventing Government, FCC - Past and Future, Boardwatch (Nov. 1999).

    U.S. Senate Evicts CyberSquatters, Boardwatch (Oct. 1999)

    Federal Courts Affirm $30 NSI Tax and that ISPs Are Not Common Carriers, Boardwatch (Aug. 1999).

    Congress Addresses Internet Access, Spam and Cyberporn (Jul. 1999).

    FCC Releases Reciprocal Compensation Order - Declares ISP-Bound Telephone Calls Interstate, Boardwatch (May 1999).

    FCC Finds Deployment of Advanced Services "Reasonable and Timely," Boardwatch (Apr. 1999).

    Year 2000, A Methodological Approach, OnTheInternet (Mar. 1999).

    A Year 2000 Internet Assessment Plan, Boardwatch (Feb. 1999).

    FCC Declares GTE DSL Tariff Interstate Based on Internet Traffic, Boardwatch (Jan. 1999).

    Congress Wakes up to the Internet, Boardwatch (Dec. 1998).

    Net-heads vs. Bell-heads: Grudge Match of the Century Taking Place at the FCC!, Boardwatch (Oct. 1998).

    Universal Service Update . . . Again, Boardwatch (Sept. 1998).

    FCC Examines Obstacles to Advance Telecommunications (Section 706), Boardwatch (Aug. 1998).

    White House Declines to Lead Us Out of Domain Name Desert, Network World Fusion (Jun. 1998).

    FCC to Senator Stevens: No New ISP Taxes, Boardwatch (Jun. 1998).

    An Internet Service Provider's Guide to the $2.25 Billion School and Library Universal Service Fund, Internet Telecommunications Project.

    Communications Decency Act Unconstitutional, OnTheInternet (Sept. 1997) (Supreme Court case).

    What is the "Enhanced Service Provider" Status of Internet Service Providers?, FCBA News (Feb. 1997).

    NSI Implements New Internet Domain Name Policy, FCBA News (Oct. 1996).

    Communications Decency Act Declared Unconstitutional, FCBA News (Sept. 1996) (District Court case).

    A Parent's Guide to Supervising a Child's Internet and Online Experience, Internet Telecommunications Project (republished in the book A Wired Society).

    Presentations and Events
    (I no longer track all of my presentations)

    Meet the Regulator, NANOG (Oct. 2000).

    The Problem with IP Telephony, ISPCON (Spring 2000); Connect2000 (Oct. 2000).

    Where ISPs and Telcos Compete: Guide to Computer III, ISPCON (Spring & Fall 2000); Connect 2000 (Oct. 2000)

    Tutorial: FCC and the Internet: 30 Years of Unregulation, TPRC (Sept. 2000)

    FCC 101, CLECExpo (Sept. 2000).

    Washington, D.C. 101, WebDC (Aug. 2000).

    Broadband and the Future of the Internet, Telecommunity 2000 (Aug. 2000).

    Recent Regulatory Developments, ISPCON (Spring & Fall 2000); CLECExpo (Sept. 2000).

    Circle the Wagons, ISPCON (Spring 2000).

    Predictions for the Future, Networking 2000 (Mar. 2000).

    Deployment of Advanced Services to All Americans, Texas Community Networking Conference (Dec. 2000).

    ISP Enforcement Rights and Opportunities Before the FCC, ISPCON and ISPF (Fall 1999).

    10 Months Until Y2K - Do You Know Where Your Network Is?, TISPA, VISPA, APRICOT, ISPCON and FISPA (Dec. 1998 - Jul. 1999).

    The 105th Congress Wakes Up to the Internet, Web'98 (Jun. & Sept. 1998) and Internet Service Providers Forum'98.

    The Internet Meets Universal Service: A National Policy of Universal Internet Access, Computers, Freedom and Privacy'98, INET'98, ISPCON'97 and Fall 1997 Internet World.

    Moderator, Federal Communications Bar Association CLE Seminar: Children and the Internet: Content in a Post-Reno v. ACLU era (Feb. 24, 1998).

    Internet at the FCC: Cybernauts vs. Ma Bell, INET'97, ISPCON'97, and the DC Chapter of the Internet Society (Jun. 1997).

    Moderator, FCBA CLE Seminar: The Internet at the FCC: Connecting Cyberspace to the NII (Mar. 6, 1997).