The Digital Broadband Migration: The Future of Internet-Enabled Innovation

Sunday, February 10 - Monday, February 11, 2013
@ University of Colorado Law School, Room 101

To view the video, click here.

To read the summary of the fireside chat with Glenn Britt, Chief Executive Officer of Time Warner Inc., written by Jamie Schuster, click here.

The future of Internet-driven innovation remains a difficult topic to assess. Some trends, including the increasing importance of wireless platforms, are not hard to spot, but many of the game-changing technologies and trends are likely to surprise us. We do know that the dynamics around competition and innovation in the Internet space will raise a series of policy, business, and technical issues that will challenge the ability of 20th century institutions to keep up.

In this conference, we will look ahead at innovation in the Internet environment, taking a hard look at three policy dimensions that are getting increasing attention. First, we will examine the forces and strategies around how to enable interoperability and interconnection in the Internet Protocol-based environment. This examination will ask how issues traditionally addressed by telecommunications regulation–the physical connection of networks and the oversight of voice communications will be handled in a world where some of the most important network connections (say, Internet backbone networks) and voice interoperability (say between Voice over IP providers) are outside the scope of today's regulatory regime.

Second, we will discuss the emerging competitive forces, battles, and policy responses in the Internet space, evaluating the role not only of traditional competition policy on the part of antitrust authorities and telecommunications regulation, but also the role of intellectual property rights. Finally, we will evaluate how and whether wireless communications will facilitate innovation and competition in a wireless broadband environment where the opportunities for access to spectrum, both licensed and unlicensed, are far from determined.

Sunday, February 10, 2013
9:00am - 9:15am
  • Phil Weiser
    University of Colorado Law School
    Executive Director
    Silicon Flatirons
Tech Tutorial Backdrop: Future Technological Trends and Their Impact
9:15am - 10:25am
  • Michael Gallagher
    President and Chief Executive Officer
    Entertainment Software Association
  • Balan Nair
    Executive Vice President
    Chief Technology Officer
    Liberty Global
  • Douglas Sicker
    Department Head
    Engineering and Public Policy Professor, Engineering & Computer Science
    Carnegie Mellon University
  • Jack Waters
    Chief Technology Officer
    Level 3 Communications
Opening Panel: The Digital Broadband Migration In The Next Decade
10:25am - 11:45am
  • Brad Feld
    Managing Director
    Foundry Group
  • Jared Grusd
    Head of Corporate Development and General Counsel
  • Maureen Ohlhausen
    Federal Trade Commission
  • Carl Shapiro
    Transamerica Professor of Business Strategy
    Haas School of Business
    University of California
  • Gigi B. Sohn
    Counselor to the Chairman
    Federal Communications Commission
  • Phil Weiser
    University of Colorado Law School
    Executive Director
    Silicon Flatirons
11:45am - 1:00pm
Interconnection Policy For The Internet Age
1:00pm - 3:00pm
  • Raymond Gifford
    Wilkinson Barker Knauer, LLP
    Senior Adjunct Fellow
    Silicon Flatirons
    Former Chairman, Colorado Public Utilities Commission
  • Mark Cooper
    Research Director
    Consumer Federation of America
    Senior Adjunct Fellow
    Silicon Flatirons
  • Zac Katz
    Chief of Staff
    Federal Communications Commission
  • Jim Speta
    Professor of Law
    Senior Associate Dean for Academic Affairs and International Initiatives
    Northwestern University
  • Len Cali
    Senior Vice President, Global Public Policy
  • Lynn Charytan
    Vice President, Legal Regulatory Affairs and Senior Deputy General Counsel
    Comcast Corporation
  • Leslie Harris
    President and Chief Executive Officer
    Center for Democracy and Technology
    Senior Adjunct Fellow, Silicon Flatirons Center
A Conversation with Randall Stephenson, Chairman & CEO, AT&T
3:00pm - 3:45pm
  • Phil Weiser
    University of Colorado Law School
    Executive Director
    Silicon Flatirons
3:45pm - 4:00pm
The Wireless Future: Industry Structure and The Impact of Spectrum Policy
4:00pm - 6:00pm
Moderator Presenters
  • Pierre de Vries
    Spectrum Initiative Co-Director
    Senior Fellow
    Silicon Flatirons
  • Gregory Rosston
    Deputy Director and Senior Fellow
    Director, Public Policy Program
    Stanford University
  • Hal Varian
    Chief Economist
  • Brad Burnham
    Managing Partner
    Union Square Ventures
  • Chris Guttman-McCabe
    Executive Vice President
    CTIA - The Wireless Association
  • Tom Sugrue
    Vice President
    Former Chief
    FCC Wireless Telecommunications Bureau
6:00pm - 7:00pm
Monday, February 11, 2013
9:00am - 9:05am
  • Phil Weiser
    University of Colorado Law School
    Executive Director
    Silicon Flatirons
Opening Address
9:05am - 9:15am
  • Cory Gardner
    United States Congressman
    4th District of Colorado
Keynote Address
9:15am - 9:45am
  • Larry Strickling
    Assistant Secretary for Communications and Information
    National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA)
    U.S. Department of Commerce
Competition Policy For the Internet Age
9:45am - 11:45am
Moderator Presenters
  • Susan Athey
    Professor of Economics
    Harvard University
  • Mark Lemley
    William H. Neukom Professor of Law
    Program in Law, Science and Technology
    Stanford University
  • Howard Shelanski
    Administrator, Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs
    Office of Management and Budget
  • Dorothy Attwood
    Senior Vice President
    Walt Disney Company
  • Jon Nuechterlein
    General Counsel
    Federal Trade Commission
  • Stephen Williams
    Circuit Judge
    U.S. Court of Appeals, D.C. Circuit
A Conversation with Glenn Britt, Chairman & CEO, Time Warner Cable, Inc.
11:45am - 12:30pm
  • Glenn A. Britt
    Chairman and Chief Executive Officer
    Time Warner Cable Inc.
  • Phil Weiser
    University of Colorado Law School
    Executive Director
    Silicon Flatirons
Lunch Reception
12:30pm - 1:30pm