The Digital Broadband Migration: Imagining the Internet's Future

February 8-9, 2009
@ University of Colorado at Boulder

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The Internet's development has amazed even its early pioneers and its ability to confound skeptics suggests that calls for change should be taken with a grain of salt. At the same time, it seems difficult to imagine that the Internet's future will not feature any number of innovations that will change how it operates. Indeed, issues such as security, mobility, increased machine-to-machine communications, and the advent of real-time applications challenge some of the design principles of the current Internet. In any event, the network of the future will be shaped not merely by technological change, but also economics, the needs of users, and policy directives.

This conference will imagine the Internet's future, discuss its economic and social implications, and contrast different prescriptions for Internet policy. It will do so by bringing together a top flight group of academics, policymakers, and industry leaders to discuss these issues along four dimensions. First, we will evaluate the technological, economics, social, and policy challenges that are emerging on the horizon. Second, we will discuss the changing architecture of the Internet, the role of network management, and the significance of the transition away from an end-to-end architecture. The third panel will evaluate whether existing institutions--be they the Federal Trade Commission, the Federal Communications Commission; standard setting bodies like the Internet Engineering Task Force; self-regulatory bodies; or private contracting--are up to the task of overseeing Internet communications, including ensuring the reliable service delivery across different networks. The final panel will discuss the major changes in how the Internet serves consumers and how the market for Internet content is evolving. In all discussions, we will bring together the related technological, business, and policy themes that are shaping the Internet and the future of innovation in the information industries.

Sunday, February 8, 2009
Wittemyer Courtroom, Wolf Law Building
8:45am - 9:00am
  • Phil Weiser
    Senior Advisor for Technology and Innovation
    National Economic Council
Overview Address
9:00am - 9:45am
  • William Kovacic
    Professor of Law
    The George Washington University Law School
    Former Chairman
    Federal Trade Commission
Overview Panel: The Internet's Challenge to Policymakers
9:45am - 11:45am
  • Phil Weiser
    Senior Advisor for Technology and Innovation
    National Economic Council
  • Kathryn C. Brown
    Senior Vice President, Public Policy & Corporate Responsibility
  • Brad Feld
    Managing Director
    Foundry Group
  • Dale Hatfield
    Spectrum Initiative Co-Director
    Senior Fellow
    Silicon Flatirons
    Adjunct Professor
    University of Colorado
  • William Kovacic
    Professor of Law
    The George Washington University Law School
    Former Chairman
    Federal Trade Commission
  • Kathleen O'Brien Ham
    Vice President of Federal Regulatory Affairs
  • Bryan Tramont
    Managing Partner
    Wilkinson Barker Knauer, LLP
    Senior Fellow
    Silicon Flatirons
On your own
11:45am - 1:15am
The Evolution of Internet Architecture: From Best Efforts and End-to-End to Reasonable Network Management?
1:15pm - 3:15pm
  • Paul Ohm
    Associate Professor of Law
    Associate Dean for Academic Affairs
    University of Colorado
  • Edward Felten
    Deputy U.S. Chief Technology Officer
    White House
    Professor of Computer Science and Public Affairs
    Princeton University (on leave)
  • Shane Greenstein
    Professor of Economics
    Northwestern University
  • Christopher Yoo
    John H. Chestnut Professor of Law, Communication, and Computer & Information Science
    University of Pennsylvania
    Center for Technology, Innovation & Competition
  • Dorothy Attwood
    Senior Vice President
    Walt Disney Company
  • Mark Cooper
    Research Director
    Consumer Federation of America
    Senior Adjunct Fellow
    Silicon Flatirons
  • Andrew McLaughlin
    United States Deputy Chief Technology Officer
3:15pm - 3:30pm
The Evolution of Regulatory Institutions for an Internet Age
3:30pm - 5:30pm
  • Andrew Crain
    General Counsel
    Frontier Communications
  • Howard Shelanski
    Administrator, Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs
    Office of Management and Budget
  • Gigi B. Sohn
    Counselor to the Chairman
    Federal Communications Commission
  • Jim Speta
    Professor of Law
    Senior Associate Dean for Academic Affairs and International Initiatives
    Northwestern University
  • Jon Nuechterlein
    General Counsel
    Federal Trade Commission
  • Joe Waz
    Senior Fellow
    Silicon Flatirons Center
    Former Senior Vice President
    Comcast Corporation
  • Stephen Williams
    Circuit Judge
    U.S. Court of Appeals, D.C. Circuit
Sponsored by Perkins Coie
5:30pm - 6:30pm
Monday, February 9, 2009
Glenn Miller Ballroom, University Memorial Center
Keynote Speaker
9:00am - 9:45am
  • Richard Lynch
    Verizon Communications
The Future of Internet Content and Services
9:45am - 11:45am
Moderator Presenters
  • Stacey Dogan
    Law Alumni Scholar
    Professor of Law
    Boston University School of Law
  • Eric Goldman
    Associate Professor
    Director of the High Tech Law Institute
    Santa Clara Law School
  • Pamela Samuelson
    Richard M. Sherman Distinguished Professor of Law
    Professor of School Information
    University of California-Berkeley
    Berkeley Center for Law & Technology
  • Michael Gallagher
    President and Chief Executive Officer
    Entertainment Software Association
  • Preston Padden
    Senior Fellow
    Silicon Flatirons Center
    Adjunct Professor
    University of Colorado
  • Pamela Passman
    Vice President and Deputy General Counsel, Global Corporate and Regulatory Affairs
Lunch and Closing Address
11:45am - 1:15pm

Slides and Remarks


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