Broadband, economic growth, and the implications for spectrum policy

Center on Internet, Communications, and Technology Policy
American Enterprise Institute
Tuesday, September 17, 2013
8:45 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

The rapid pace of innovation and investment in broadband Internet services has been a major bright spot in the US economy, contributing disproportionately to growth and productivity. This event will explore the relationship between broadband performance and US economic performance and will address one of the most important broadband policy issues today: how to make more spectrum available to accommodate the explosive growth of mobile broadband services.

Keynote addresses by Council of Economic Advisers Chairman Jason Furman and Representative Greg Walden (R-OR), chairman of the House Subcommittee on Communications and Technology, will be accompanied by two panel discussions, one focusing on the nexus between regulation, broadband growth, and the economy and the second focusing on key issues in spectrum policy.

8:30 AM
Registration and Continental Breakfast

8:45 AM
Jeffrey Eisenach, AEI

9:00 AM
Keynote Address:
Jason Furman, Council of Economic Advisers

9:30 AM
Panel I: Regulation, broadband growth, and the economy
Robert Shapiro, Sonecon LLC
Bret Swanson, Entropy Economics LLC
Christopher S. Yoo, University of Pennsylvania

Kevin A. Hassett, AEI

10:30 AM
Keynote Address:
Greg Walden, US House of Representatives (R-OR)

11:00 AM
Panel II: How to make spectrum more available
Larry Irving, Irving Group
Robert McDowell, Hudson Institute
Preston Padden, Expanding Opportunities for Broadcasters Coalition

James K. Glassman, AEI

12:00 PM