Regulating the evolving broadband ecosystem

Federal Communications Commission
Wednesday, September 10, 2014 | 12:30 p.m. – Friday, September 12, 2014 | 11:30 a.m.
FCC release http://transition.fcc.gov/Daily_Releases/Daily_Business/2014/db0829/DOC-...
AEI release: http://www.aei.org/events/2014/09/10/regulating-the-evolving-broadband-e...

The ongoing evolution of the broadband ecosystem is changing both the shape of the industry and how we think about regulating it. In mid-September, AEI’s Center for Internet, Communications, and Technology Policy and the University of Nebraska College of Law will cosponsor a three-day conference at the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to highlight the latest academic thinking on broadband regulation and to give regulators the opportunity to interact with leading scholars in the field. The conference will feature presentations of seven academic papers, commentary from policy experts and regulators, and plenary sessions. Abstracts of the papers will be available on this page by September 2.

During the first afternoon of the conference, which will be open to the public, senior FCC management and other representatives will review some of the policy challenges that the transition to a ubiquitous Internet protocol–based broadband network poses.

The second and third day will feature presentations of the academic papers in a small-group setting. Although space is quite limited, those wishing to observe the academic discussions should contact [email protected] by September 3 and will be notified of availability by September 8.

To foster a candid discussion of work in the early stages of development, workshop sessions will be conducted under the Chatham House Rule (participants are free to use information received in the meeting but may not reveal the identity or affiliation of any speaker or other participant, except to the extent required for adherence to the FCC’s ex parte regulations).

Agenda
Wednesday, September 10, 2014

12:00 PM
Registration

12:30 PM
Opening remarks:
Tim Brennan, Federal Communications Commission
Jon Chambers, Federal Communications Commission
Jonathan Levy, Federal Communications Commission

1:30 PM
Keynote I: Broadband regulation across the G7
Richard Bennett, AEI

Discussants:
Robert Crandall, Brookings Institution
Bronwyn Howell, Victoria University

Moderator:
Roslyn Layton, Aalborg University

2:45 PM
Coffee Break

3:00 PM
Keynote II: The digital past as prologue: The combination of active public policy and private investment in the crowning achievement of progressive American capitalism
Mark Cooper, Consumer Federation of America

Discussants:
Harold Furchtgott-Roth, Hudson Institution
Blair Levin, Aspen Institute

Moderator:
Babette Boliek, Pepperdine University

4:15 PM
Keynote III: Past performance does not guarantee future results: Toward a dynamic theory of telecom regulation
Christopher Yoo, University of Pennsylvania

Discussants:
Erik Bohlin, Telecommunications Policy
Gene Kimmelman, Public Knowledge

Moderator:
Gus Hurwitz, University of Nebraska

5:30 PM
Adjournment

Thursday, September 11, 2014

8:45 AM
Continental Breakfast

9:00 AM
Opening remarks:
Jeffrey Eisenach, AEI

9:10 AM
Presentation: Regulatory intervention in Internet service provider interconnection disputes
Robert Frieden, Penn State University

Discussants:
Harold Feld, Public Knowledge
Tom Lenard, Technology Policy Institute

Moderator:
Jeffrey Eisenach, AEI

10:30 AM
Presentation: The perils of Internet interconnection disclosure
Daniel Lyons, Boston College

Discussants:
Mark Jamison, University of Florida
Geoff Manne, International Center for Law and Economics

Moderator:
Bronwyn Howell, Victoria University

12:00 PM
Luncheon discussion: OTT regulation

Discussants:
Lee McKnight, Syracuse University
David Waterman, Indiana University

Moderator:
Gus Hurwitz, University of Nebraska

1:10 PM
Presentation: Government-provided Internet access: Terms of service as speech rules
Enrique Armijo, Elon University

Discussants:
Jason Llorenz, Rutgers University
Randy May, Free State Foundation
Nicole Turner-Lee, Minority Media and Telecommunications Council

Moderator:
James K. Glassman, AEI

2:30 PM
Presentation: The Internet of things and wearable technology
Adam Thierer, Mercatus Center at George Mason University

Discussants:
Janice Hauge, University of North Texas
Kate Matraves, Federal Communications Commission
Will Rinehart, American Action Forum
Moderator:
Bret Swanson, Entropy Economics

3:45 PM
Presentation: The FCC’s Open Internet notice of proposed rulemaking and the close of utility regulation
Adam Candeub, Michigan State University College of Law

Discussants:
Tejas Narechania, Columbia University
Brent Skorup, Mercatus Center at George Mason University

Moderator:
Shane Tews, AEI

5:00 PM
Adjournment

Friday, September 12, 2014

8:30 AM
Continental Breakfast

9:00 AM
Plenary roundtable

11:30 AM
Adjournment