About Daniel Lyons
Professor Lyons is an associate professor at Boston College Law School. He specializes in the areas of property, telecommunications and administrative law. Before joining the faculty, Professor Lyons practiced energy, telecommunications, and administrative law at the firm of Munger, Tolles and Olson in Los Angeles. He also clerked for the Judge Cynthia Holcomb Hall of the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals.
Professor Lyons has participated in rulemaking proceedings before both the Federal Communications Commission and the California Public Utilities Commission and has represented clients in federal and state litigation involving numerous regulatory issues. He has also spoken at workshops nationwide on the effects of technology convergence on telecommunications regulation.
- Fall 2016: Cyberlaw, Administrative Law
- Spring 2017: Property
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Innovations in Mobile Broadband Pricing Denver University Law Review (2016)
The FCC’s net neutrality rules sought to limit interference by broadband service providers in markets for Internet-based content and applications. But to do so, the Commission significantly reduced the amount of innovation possible in the broadband service market. ...
Beyond Net Neutrality: International Examples Enabling Innovation and Consumer Choice in the Mobile Internet Ecosystem Boston College Law School Legal Studies Research Paper Series (2015)
The FCC’s new Open Internet rules seek to limit interference by broadband service providers in markets for Internet-based content and applications. But to do so, the rules may significantly reduce the amount of innovation possible ...
Federalism and the Rise of Renewable Energy: Preserving State and Local Voices in the Green Energy Revolution Case Western Reserve Law Review (2014)
The rise of renewable energy has disrupted the traditional regulatory structure governing electricity. Unlike traditional fossil fuel power plants, wind and solar facilities are geographically constrained: they exist where the wind blows and the sun ...
Internet Policy’s Next Frontier: Data Caps, Tiered Service Plans, and Usage-Based Broadband Pricing Federal Communications Law Journal (2013)
Usage-based pricing has rapidly become one of the most controversial topics in Internet policy. Both wired and wireless broadband providers are migrating from flat-rate pricing to a variety of consumption-based pricing models. Some consumer groups ...
Why Broadband Pricing Freedom is Good for Consumers Perspectives from Free State Foundation Scholars (2012)
From the introduction: Usage-based pricing has rapidly become one of the most high-profile topics in Internet policy. In the past few years, many broadband providers have migrated from all-you-can-eat flat-rate pricing to consumption-based pricing models ...
The Impact of Data Caps and Other Forms of Usage-Based Pricing for Broadband Access Mercatus Center Working Papers (2012)
In recent years, broadband providers have introduced data caps and other plans that charge customers based on use. While regulators have generally approved of this shift, some consumer groups fear that usage-based pricing will lead ...
Technology Convergence and Federalism: The Case of VoIP Regulation University of Michigan Journal of Law Reform Online (2012)
From the introduction The Vermont Supreme Court may soon consider whether federal law permits the Public Service Board to regulate certain voice-over-internet-protocol (VoIP ) services. Across the Hudson, Governor Andrew Cuomo recently sought to bar ...
Net Neutrality and Nondiscrimination Norms in Telecommunications Arizona Law Review (2012)
“Net neutrality” refers to the principle that broadband providers should not discriminate when transporting content and applications over the Internet. After several years of debate, the Federal Communications Commission adopted binding net neutrality rules in ...
Net Neutrality: Applying (and Expanding) Nondiscrimination Norms in Cyberspace Federal Lawyer (2011)
The article discusses the regulations to promote net neutrality in the broadband industry by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC. It focuses on the term unreasonable discrimination taken from Section 202 of the Communications Act that ...
Virtual Takings: The Coming Fifth Amendment Challenge to Net Neutrality Regulation Notre Dame Law Review (2011)
“Net neutrality” refers to the principle that broadband providers should not limit the content and applications available over the Internet. Long a rallying cry of techies and academics, it has become one of the central ...
Tethering the Administrative State: The Case Against Chevron Deference for FCC Jurisdictional Claims The Journal of Corporation Law (2011)
Like many other agencies, the Federal Communications Commission has seen significant regulatory growth under President Obama. But unlike health care, financial reform, and other areas, this growth has come without statutory guidance from Congress. The ...
Technology Convergence and Federalism: Who Should Decide the Future of Telecommunications Regulation? University of Michigan Journal of Law Reform (2010)
This article critically examines the division of regulatory jurisdiction over telecommunications issues between the federal government and the states. Currently, the line between federal and state jurisdiction varies depending on the service at issue. This ...
Public Use, Public Choice and the Urban Growth Machine: Competing Political Economies of Takings Law University of Michigan Journal of Law Reform (2009)
The Kelo decision has unleashed a tidal wave of legislative reforms ostensibly seeking to control eminent domain abuse. But as a policy matter, it is impossible to determine what limits should be placed upon local ...