Marvin Ammori

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Marvin Ammori
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Ammori in 2010
Alma materUniversity of Michigan (B.A.)
Harvard Law School (J.D.)
Known forLegal and technology expert
Board member ofFight for the Future
Demand Progress
Engine Advocacy

Marvin Ammori is an American innovation lawyer, civil liberties advocate, and scholar best known for his work on network neutrality and Internet freedom issues generally. He is currently the General Counsel of Protocol Labs [1] He serves on the boards of public interest advocacy groups Demand Progress and Fight for the Future, and is an Affiliate Scholar with Stanford Law School's Center for Internet and Society.[2]

In 2007, while serving as the General Counsel for nonprofit advocacy group Free Press, he brought the Comcast-BitTorrent case, the first network neutrality enforcement action in the United States.[3] Ammori was active in the debate over the controversial copyright bills SOPA and the PROTECT IP Act, arguing that the bills would violate the First Amendment.[4] Partly for his role in opposing SOPA and PIPA, Ammori was recognized in Fast Company's 2012 "100 Most Creative People in Business."[5]

In 2014 and 2015, Ammori led the effort to get the Federal Communications Commission to adopt strong network neutrality rules on the basis of its Title II authority. Tim Wu, who coined the phrase network neutrality, said that Ammori "deserved enormous credit for leading the march to Title II."[6] Ammori collaborated with the John Oliver show for its network neutrality segment and worked with White House staff leading to President Obama's network neutrality plan. [7][8] For this work, he was named to the Politico 50 and a Washington Tech Titan in 2015.[9][10] On June 14, 2016, the D.C. Circuit Court, which had in 2014 rejected the FCC's attempts to impose network neutrality rules under its 706 authority, upheld the Title II network neutrality rules, writing in the majority opinion that the FCC had overcome the problems of the previous rules "by reclassifying broadband service—and the interconnection arrangements necessary to provide it—as a telecommunications service" under Title II, thereby vindicating Ammori's legal approach. [11]

Ammori is a graduate of the University of Michigan and Harvard Law School.[12] At Harvard, he studied under communications scholar Yochai Benkler.[13] From 2008 to 2011, he was a law professor at the University of Nebraska–Lincoln College of Law.[14] He was a 2013 Bernard L. Schwartz Fellow at the New America Foundation. He is the author of an e-book entitled "On Internet Freedom."[15] As a lawyer, Ammori has advised companies including Google and Apple on network neutrality, copyright, and encryption. In 2015, Ammori advised Charter Communications on net neutrality commitments and the company's purchase of Time Warner Cable [16]


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  2. ^ "Center for Internet and Society People". Stanford Center for Internet and Society. Retrieved 9 May 2016.
  3. ^ Fernandez, Bob. "Big victory for a geek lawyer Young attorney takes on Comcast and wins". The Philadelphia Inquirer. Retrieved 21 March 2013.
  4. ^ Timm, Trevor. "How PIPA and SOPA Violate White House Principles Supporting Free Speech and Innovation". Electronic Frontier Foundation. Retrieved 21 March 2013.
  5. ^ Krieger, Daniel. "How To Kill A Bill On Capitol Hill". Fast Company. Archived from the original on 2012-06-06. Retrieved 29 May 2012.
  6. ^ Tim Wu [@superwuster] (4 February 2015). "I should say that Marvin @Ammori deserves enormous credit for leading the march to Title II" (Tweet). Archived from the original on 4 February 2015 – via Twitter.
  7. ^ Nagesh, Gautham (5 February 2015), "How HBO's John Oliver Helped Move The Needle on Net Neutrality", The Wall Street Journal, Washington, D.C.
  8. ^ Nagesh, Gautham; Mullins, Brody (4 February 2015), "Net Neutrality: How White House Thwarted FCC Chief", The Wall Street Journal, Washington, D.C.
  9. ^ "2015 Politico 50", Politico, Washington, D.C., 10 September 2015
  10. ^ Gaynor, Michael (4 May 2015), "Washington's 100 Top Tech Leaders", Washingtonian, Washington, D.C.
  11. ^ United States Telecom Association v. Federal Communications Commission, 15-1063 (D.C. Circuit Court June 14, 2016) ("The problem in Verizon was not that the Commission had misclassified the service between carriers and edge providers but that the Commission had failed to classify broadband service as a Title II service at all. The Commission overcame this problem in the Order by reclassifying broadband service—and the interconnection arrangements necessary to provide it—as a telecommunications service.").
  12. ^ Citron, Danielle. "Concurring Opinions >> Introducing Guest Blogger Marvin Ammori". Retrieved 25 May 2012.
  13. ^ Ammori, Marvin (Winter 2005). "Another Worthy Tradition: How the Free Speech Curriculum Ignores Electronic Media and Distorts Free Speech Doctrine". Missouri Law Review. Retrieved May 25, 2016.
  14. ^ Gloden, Sarah (Fall 2008). "Professor Ammori leads new telecom and cyber law courses at Law College" (PDF). The Nebraska Transcript. Archived from the original (PDF) on 25 March 2013. Retrieved 31 May 2012.
  15. ^ "On Internet Freedom: Marvin Ammori: Kindle Store". Retrieved 29 January 2013.
  16. ^ "Here's How Charter Will Commit to an Open Internet". Wired. Retrieved 8 August 2018.