What's on the agenda for policymakers.

Local Officials Mull Suing the FCC

National organizations representing municipalities are rebelling against Federal Communications Commissioner Brendan Carr’s plan to streamline the deployment of the 5G wireless infrastructure known as small cells. The proposal, set for a Sept.


Telecommunications Policy Research Conference

Thu, 09/20/2018 - 10:30 to Sat, 09/22/2018 - 17:40


Pre-Conference Session

10:30 am Graduate Student Consortium (by invitation)

11:30 am Capitol Hill Briefing



8:00 am Registration

9-10:40 am Paper Session I
(Five simultaneous tracks of 3 papers per session. For paper titles, click here.)

FCC Chairman Pai Sketches Out Timeline for Fighting Fake Comments

Federal Communications Commission Chairman Ajit Pai provided details to Congress on the commission’s effort to overhaul its much-maligned online commenting system.


Federal Trade Commission

Fri, 09/21/2018 - 09:00 to 16:15

Nobel laureate Joseph Stiglitz will deliver an opening address on the state of competition in the United States; former FTC Chairman William Kovacic will deliver remarks on the evolution of U.S. antitrust law. The morning session will feature two moderated panel discussions on the state of U.S. antitrust law. The afternoon session will feature a moderated panel discussion on monopsony power. Commissioner Maureen Ohlhausen will offer closing remarks.

Specific topics to be discussed at the sessions include (but are not limited to):

FTC Announces Second Session of Hearings on Competition and Consumer Protection in the 21st Century Sept 21

The Federal Trade Commission will hold the second session of its 21st Century Hearings initiative with a full-day event on Sept 21 at the FTC’s Constitution Center facilities in Washington (DC). The event will be webcast live.



Fri, 09/14/2018 - 14:00 to 15:00

The world is experiencing extraordinary advances in artificial intelligence. There are new applications in finance, defense, health care, criminal justice, and education, among other areas. Algorithms are improving spell-checkers, voice recognition systems, ad targeting, and fraud detection. Yet at the same time, there is concern regarding the ethical values embedded within AI and the extent to which algorithms respect basic human values. Ethicists worry about a lack of transparency, poor accountability, unfairness, and bias in automated tools.


American Consumer Institute

Wed, 09/12/2018 - 12:00 to 13:30

The current state of data security and online privacy. Panelists will discuss privacy approaches throughout the internet ecosystem, online hidden vulnerabilities, new approaches to mitigating data breaches, new challenges at the international and state level, and opportunities for Congress and the industry to shape the debate. Additionally, ACI will release and discuss a new study quantifying and exploring how secure your information is online. 

Speakers include

  • Krisztina Pusok, American Consumer Institute (moderator)


Federal Communications Bar Association

Tue, 09/11/2018 - 12:15 to 13:30

In July, the FCC released an NPRM seeking comment on proposals for the reallocation of the C-band for terrestrial mobile use.  C-band spectrum is currently allocated to satellite services and used by broadcasters for content delivery.  Join us for a brown bag lunch to hear perspectives on the NPRM from the satellite and broadcast industries, as well as a discussion of the preparation of the earth station registration form.


  • Gerry Oberst (SES)
  • Christy Burrow (Cooley)
  • Michael Beach (NPR).

The 5G Race: China and US Battle to Control World’s Fastest Wireless Internet

The early waves of mobile communications were largely driven by American and European companies.

Google Case Asks: Can Europe Export Privacy Rules World-Wide?

Google will appeal an order to extend the European Union’s “right to be forgotten” to its search engines across the globe, arguing before the EU’s top court that the order encourages countries to assert sovereignty beyond their borders.