The Digital Broadband Migration: Information Policy for the Next Administration

February 10-11, 2008
@ University of Colorado at Boulder

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The transformation of telecommunications from an analog, narrowband network optimized for voice to a digital, broadband network optimized for data traffic has created a myriad of challenges for businesses, policymakers, and academics alike. Consider that, in 2000, when then-FCC Commissioner Michael Powell coined the term "the digital broadband migration," the iPod had yet to be rolled out to consumers and Google was not yet a verb. Seven years later, the iPod has revolutionized the music industry, the iPhone is sending shock waves through the wireless world, and the Apple TV may similarly bring dramatic changes to video programming markets.

In 2009, the next President will take office with an array of information policy questions demanding attention. This conference aims to underscore the challenging policy issues that will be high on any new administration's agenda. In particular, we will evaluate questions related to changing broadband and wireless markets; challenges related to protecting privacy and security; and the optimal direction for intellectual property reform. With a thoughtful array of leaders from academic, industry, and governmental circles, we believe that this conference will continue the Silicon Flatirons' tradition of encouraging "bolder thinking" in Boulder. Like its predecessors, the proceedings from this conference will be published in the next volume of the Journal on Telecommunications and High Technology Law.

Sunday, February 10, 2008
CU School of Law Wittemyer Courtroom
9:15am - 9:30am
  • Phil Weiser
    Senior Advisor for Technology and Innovation
    National Economic Council
Overview Tete a Tete
9:30am - 10:15am
  • Jonathan Adelstein
    Federal Communications Commission
  • Jon Leibowitz (invited)
    Federal Trade Commission
Overview Panel: The Dynamics of Information Policy
10:15am - 11:30am
  • Phil Weiser
    Senior Advisor for Technology and Innovation
    National Economic Council
  • Michael F. Altschul
    Senior Vice President and General Counsel
    CTIA - The Wireless Association
  • Kathryn C. Brown
    Senior Vice President, Public Policy & Corporate Responsibility
  • Andrew Crain
    General Counsel
    Frontier Communications
  • Jon Leibowitz (invited)
    Federal Trade Commission
  • Pamela Samuelson
    Richard M. Sherman Distinguished Professor of Law
    Professor of School Information
    University of California-Berkeley
    Berkeley Center for Law & Technology
Overview Address
11:30am - 12:15pm
  • Lawrence Lessig
    Professor of Law
    Stanford University
12:15pm - 1:30pm
Broadband Policy
1:30pm - 3:30pm
  • David Ellen
    Senior Vice President
    Cablevision Systems Corporation
  • Robert D. Atkinson
    Information Technology and Innovation Foundation
  • Jon Nuechterlein
    General Counsel
    Federal Trade Commission
  • Howard Shelanski
    Administrator, Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs
    Office of Management and Budget
  • Kevin Werbach
    Associate Professor of Legal Studies and Business Ethics
    The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania
  • Joe Waz
    Senior Fellow
    Silicon Flatirons Center
    Former Senior Vice President
    Comcast Corporation
  • Rick Whitt
    Corporate Vice President and Global Head of Public Policy and Government Relations
    Motorola Mobility LLC/Google Inc.
3:30pm - 3:45pm
Spectrum and Wireless Policy
3:45pm - 5:45pm
Moderator Presenters
  • Stuart M. Benjamin
    Professor of Law
    Associate Dean of Research
    Duke University
  • Ellen Goodman
    Rutgers University Law School
  • Timothy Wu
    Professor of Law
    Columbia University
  • Mark Cooper
    Research Director
    Consumer Federation of America
    Senior Adjunct Fellow
    Silicon Flatirons
  • Bryan Tramont
    Managing Partner
    Wilkinson Barker Knauer, LLP
    Senior Fellow
    Silicon Flatirons
  • Stephen Williams
    Circuit Judge
    U.S. Court of Appeals, D.C. Circuit
Sponsored by AT&T
5:45pm - 6:45pm
Monday, February 11, 2008
University Memorial Center
Keynote Address
8:30am - 8:45am
  • Ron Binz
    Colorado Public Utilities Commission
Privacy, Security, and Government Surveillance
8:45am - 10:45am
  • Paul Ohm
    Associate Professor of Law
    Associate Dean for Academic Affairs
    University of Colorado
  • Julie Cohen
    Professor of Law
    Georgetown University
  • Edward Felten
    Deputy U.S. Chief Technology Officer
    White House
    Professor of Computer Science and Public Affairs
    Princeton University (on leave)
  • Orin Kerr
    Professor of Law
    Georgetown University
  • Peter Swire
    W3C Tracking Protection Working Group
    Professor of Law
    Ohio State University
  • Scott Charney
    Corporate Vice President
  • Chris Painter
    Principal Deputy Chief
    U.S. Department of Justice
  • Lior Strahilevitz
    Deputy Dean and Sidley Austin
    Professor of Law
    University of Chicago
10:45am - 11:00am
Intellectual Property Reform
11:00am - 1:00pm
Moderator Presenters
  • Mark Lemley
    William H. Neukom Professor of Law
    Program in Law, Science and Technology
    Stanford University
  • Arti Rai
    Elvin R. Latty Professor of Law
    Duke University
    Duke Law Center for Innovation Policy
  • Chris Sprigman
    Associate Professor of Law
    University of Virginia
  • Brad Feld
    Managing Director
    Foundry Group
  • Preston Padden
    Senior Fellow
    Silicon Flatirons Center
    Adjunct Professor
    University of Colorado
  • Gigi B. Sohn
    Counselor to the Chairman
    Federal Communications Commission
Lunch and Closing Speaker
1:00pm - 2:15pm

Presenter Slides

To download the slides of presenters at the conference, click the links below:

Robert Atkinson
Edward Felten
Ellen Goodman
Mark Lemley
Preston Padden
Arti Rai
Gigi Sohn
Peter Swire
Tim Wu