International Summit on Communications and Media

Two Days of Events Celebrating
The Columbia Institute of Tele-Information's
Twenty-fifth Anniversary
October 30 & 31, 2008

Co-sponsored by the International Telecommunications Society
In collaboration with IDATE, France, as part of the Transatlantic Dialog

Gala Dinner

Thursday, October 30, 6 - 9pm
Rotunda, Low Memorial Library, Columbia University Campus

Speakers include:
--Vinton Cerf, "Pioneer of the Internet," and Vice President Google
--Ivan Seidenberg, CEO, Verizon
--Richard Wiley, "Pioneer of Digital TV," and Media Lawyer

The Columbia Institute for Tele-Information (CITI) is a research center at Columbia Business School that has published over 70 books, written more than thousand articles, and hosted over 200 conferences, bringing together illustrious speakers and accomplished alumni to explore the wonderfully dynamic fields of Telecom and Electronic Mass Media.


The Next Generation of Communications:
The Dawning of the Ultra-Broadband Era

This conference will explore the next generation of broadband -- personal ultra-broadband (connections above 1Gbps, hundreds of times faster than most of today's broadband) -- and the vast changes in mass media, consumer electronics, and ICT that this technology will drive.

Friday, October 31
Roone Arledge Auditorium, Columbia University, Broadway and 115th St.,
New York

9:00 Introduction: Ultra-Broadband: The Next Era for the Communications
--Eli Noam, Director, CITI, Professor of Finance and Economics,
Columbia Business School

9:15 The Demand and Need for Ultra-Broadband
--Jonathan Adelstein, Commissioner, FCC
--Leo Hindery, Managing Partner, InterMedia Partners, Former CEO, TCI and of AT&T Broadband
--Robert Pepper, Senior Managing Director of Global Advanced
Technology Policy, CISCO
--Stephane Dufour, Senior VP Strategy, Swisscom
--Heather Hudson, Professor, Telecommunications Management and
Policy Program, University of San Francisco

10: 15 The Gigabit Infrastructure: Continuity, Volatility, Monopoly?
--Jon DeLuca, President, CEO, and Director, Fibernet Telecom Group Inc.
--Marc Fossier, CTO, France Telecom
--Maggie Wilderotter, Chairman and CEO, Citizens Communications
--David Belanger, Chief Scientist, AT&T Labs
Moderator: Robert C. Atkinson, Director of Policy Research, CITI

11:30 Can Wireless Infrastructure Keep Up In UBB: Gigabits vs. Megahertz

--Thomas Hazlett, Professor of Law and Economics, George Mason University
--Ambassador Mathew Kirk, Director of External Relationships, Vodafone
--Lorenzo Pupillo, Executive Director, Public & Economic Affairs, Telecom Italia
--Joe Mallahan, Vice President, Integrated Customer Experience, T-Mobile
Moderator: Raul Katz, Director of Business Strategy, CITI

12:30 Lunch
--Joseph Stiglitz, Nobel Laureate, Professor of Finance and Economics, Columbia Business School

2:00 Gigabits vs. Megabucks : How UBB Will Be Financed
--Mike Balhoff, Managing Partner, Balhoff & Williams, LLC
--Simon Flannery, Managing Director, Morgan Stanley
--John Hodulik, Managing Director, UBS
Moderator: Dan Reingold, Project Director for Telecom Finance, CITI

3:00 Gigabit Networks, Kilobit Government?: A Transatlantic Dialog
(with IDATE, France): Experiences from both sides of the Atlantic
--Ron Binz, Chairman, Colorado Public Utilities Commission
--Kathryn Brown, Senior VP, Public Policy Development and Corporate Responsibility, Verizon, Former Chief of Staff, FCC
--Gabrielle Gauthey, Board Member, ARCEP (French Regulatory Agency)
--Matthias Kurth, President, Bundesnetzagentur (German Regulatory Agency)
--Klaus-Peter Statz, President and CEO, Deutsche Telekom (USA)
Reza Jafari, Chairman, ITU Telecom Board, & Vice Chairman, Eaton Telecom
Moderator: Yves Gassot, CEO, IDATE

4:30 The Gigabit Society and Economy: Impacts and Resolutions
--Nadine Strossen, President, American Civil Liberties Union
--Russ Neuman, Professor, Media Technology Communication Studies, Institute for Social Research, University of Michigan
--Robert D. Atkinson, President, Information Technology and Innovation Foundation
--Charlie Firestone, Executive Director, Communications and Society Program, The Aspen Institute
--Erik Bohlin, Professor, Chalmers University of Technology, Chair, International Telecommunications Society
Moderator: Larry Pressler, U.S. Senator (ret.)