17th Annual U.S. Telecoms Symposium

The Phoenix Center

12/05/2017 - 08:30 to 12:00

8:30 – 9:00: Registration and Continental Breakfast

9:00 – 9:15: Welcome Remarks and Introduction

  • Lawrence J. Spiwak, President, The Phoenix Center

9:15 – 10:15: Panel Discussion – Is Schumpeterian “Creative Destruction” Still Possible in Today’s Regulatory Environment?


  • Dr. Wayne Leighton – Chief, Office of Strategic Planning and Policy Analysis, Federal Communications Commission
  • Jeff Blum – SVP and Deputy General Counsel, DISH
  • Adam Thierer – Senior Research Fellow, Mercatus Center


  • Dr. George Ford, Chief Economist – The Phoenix Center

10:15 – 10:30: Coffee and Networking Break

10:30 – 11:30: Panel Discussion – Continuing Legal Implications of the Open Internet Debate


  • Chris Wright – Partner, Harris, Wiltshire & Grannis and former General Counsel, Federal Communications Commission
  • Jonathan Nuechterlein – Partner, Sidley Austin and former General Counsel, Federal Trade Commission
  • Angela E. Giancarlo – Partner, Mayer Brown and former Chief of Staff, FCC Commissioner Robert McDowell
  • Thomas Navin – Partner, Wiley Rein and Former Chief, FCC Wireline Competition Bureau


  • Lawrence J. Spiwak, President – The Phoenix Center

11:30 – 12:00: Keynote Address and Presentation of the 2017 Jerry B. Duvall Public Service Award to NTIA Administrator David Redl

12:00: Conference Adjourns


The conference is a "widely-attended event" and is open to government employees, press and other interested persons. There is no charge to attend and walk-ins are welcome.

University Club
1135 16th Street, NW
Washington 20036