An Economic Summit: America's Digital Infrastructure 2017 and Beyond

McDonough School of Business
Georgetown University
Wednesday, September 28, 2016
8:30 am to 1:00 pm

As the nation faces a political transition, the time is ripe to highlight and examine the underlying economics of policies that will ensure America’s leadership in the deployment and adoption of cutting-edge digital infrastructure. This Economic Summit will assemble leading economists from across the country to: (1) consider the principal economic policy challenges influencing the ongoing deployment of broadband technologies; (2) discuss current economic policy developments that impact investment in and deployment of digital infrastructures; and (3) offer recommendations for next-administration economic policies.

8:30am: Breakfast and Registration

9:00am: Welcome & Introduction
Jeffrey Macher (Georgetown)

9:15am: Keynote Address - Howard Shelanski
Administrator of the Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs, U.S. Office of Management and Budget

10:00am: Panel: Economic Policy Priorities for Digital Infrastructure in 2017 and Beyond
Moderator: Katja Seim (FCC)
Panelists: Gerald Faulhaber (U Penn), Shane Greenstein (HBS), John W. Mayo (Georgetown), Daniel Rubinfeld (Berkeley & NYU)

10:45am: Break

11:00am: Panel: Economic Lessons for Policy from 2016: The Case of Business Data Services
Moderator: Larry Downes (Georgetown CBPP)
Panelists: George Ford (Phoenix Center), James Prieger (Pepperdine), Marius Schwartz (Georgetown)

11:45am: Panel: Specific Economic Policy Proposals for the Next Administration
Moderator: John McKinnon (WSJ)
Panelists: Timothy J. Brennan (U Maryland - BC), Mark Jamison (U Florida), William Lehr (MIT), Michael Mandel (Progressive Policy Institute), Olga Ukhaneva (Georgetown CBPP), Scott Wallsten (Technology Policy Institute)

12:45pm: Closing Remarks
John W. Mayo (Georgetown)