Eric Null

Policy Counsel, Open Technology Institute

Eric Null is policy counsel at the Open Technology Institute, focusing on internet openness and affordability issues, including network neutrality, Lifeline, and privacy.

Before joining OTI, Null was senior staff attorney at the Institute for Public Representation (IPR), a public interest law firm and legal clinic housed in Georgetown Law. At IPR, he represented public interest organizations in front of the FCC, FTC, and courts of appeals. He worked on a broad range of issues including the open internet, municipal broadband, prison phone rates, and children’s advertising and privacy. He also worked closely with IPR clinic students and taught several classes about legal skills and substantive areas of law. Prior to IPR, Null was an attorney at the boutique IP law firm Ladas & Parry, and was an intern in the House of Representatives Communications & Technology Subcommittee and at Public Knowledge.

Null earned an LL.M. from Georgetown Law, a J.D. from Cardozo Law, and a B.A. in political science from the University of Vermont.

All Work

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OTI Publishes Model State Legislation to Help States Protect Broadband Privacy

New America’s Open Technology Institute publishes model legislation to aid states in improving privacy protections for broadband customers.


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OTI Submits Reply Comments to the FCC on Broadband Deployment

OTI filed reply comments to the FCC as they determine whether broadband is being deployed in a reasonable and timely manner.


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As California Drops Broadband Privacy (for Now), D.C. Picks It Up

The Council of the District of Columbia recently proposed its own broadband privacy protections: the Broadband Internet Privacy Act of 2017.


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The California Legislature is Trying to Run Out the Clock on Protecting Broadband Privacy

States, including California, have attempted to fill the gap left by Congress by proposing laws to protect broadband privacy.


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OTI Submits FCC Reply Comments on Net Neutrality

On August 31, OTI filed a second round of comments that continued to push back against the FCC's wrongheaded net neutrality repeal plan.


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Christopher Yoo’s Municipal Broadband Report Misleads on Viability, Success of Municipal Fiber Networks

Across the country, some municipalities have taken matters into their own hands and built their own high-speed networks.


Redrawing the Battle Lines in the ISP Privacy Debate

We can't give up just because Congress voted to overturn rules to protect consumers' data


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OTI Joins Amicus Letter Urging Changes to NYPD Body-Worn Cameras Pilot Project

To be an effective remedy to the NYPD’s constitutional abuses, the body-worn camera policies must be changed in at least four key ways.


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Don't Repeal Common-Sense Privacy Rules

Congress would wipe out protections for Americans’ private communications, giving internet providers the green light to sell that info.


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The FCC's Privacy Rules Are on the Chopping Block

It would leave no rules on the books protecting the privacy of broadband consumers and no way for FCC to rectify the situation.


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FCC Passes New Rules That Actually Increase Consumer Privacy Protections

These rules will finally return to consumers some of the control over their privacy that they’ve long desired.


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Broadband is Still not as Ubiquitous as it Should Be

Recently, we filed FCC comments arguing broadband is not being deployed to all Americans in a reasonable and timely manner.