The Digital Broadband Migration: Examining the Internet's Ecosystem

Sunday, January 31 - Monday, February 1, 2010
@ Wolf Law Building on Sunday and the UMC Building on Monday

Post-Event Coverage

For a detailed report summarizing the conference written by Silicon Flatirons Research Fellow Kaleb Sieh, click here.


To view video recordings of the event, click here.

The Internet exists as an ecosystem, where an array of network providers, application developers, content creators and end users co-exist with one another. In the best of contexts, this is a peaceful co-existence with shared goals and a mutual understanding of the interdependent nature of the ecosystem. In the worst of contexts, the different actors are at war with one another--either in word or in deed. Most often, however, there is a tense co-existence, with the various tensions often just beneath the surface.

At our 2009 Digital Broadband Migration conference (on Imagining the Internet's Future), the interconnected and misunderstood nature of the Internet ecosystem arose as a dominant theme (see here, here, and here). In this year's conference, we will pick up that thread and examine an array of issues, including (1) the dynamics of market structure and opportunities for innovation; (2) governance challenges around issues involving cooperation, such as the issues around interconnection between network providers and network provider and application developers, and (3) the business models that sustain content in an environment where many content creators (newspapers, for example) are sustaining to find a source of revenue to stay in business. To do so, we will bring together a leading group of academics, public interest advocates, governmental officials, and industry executives.

Sunday, January 31, 2010
8:45am - 9:00am
  • Dale Hatfield
    Spectrum Initiative Co-Director
    Senior Fellow
    Silicon Flatirons
    Adjunct Professor
    University of Colorado
Overview Address
9:00am - 9:30am
  • Phil Weiser
    Deputy Assistant Attorney General, Antitrust Division
    Department of Justice
Overview Panel: The Internet Ecosystem in Perspective
9:30am - 11:30am
  • Brad Feld
    Managing Director
    Foundry Group
  • Dale Hatfield
    Spectrum Initiative Co-Director
    Senior Fellow
    Silicon Flatirons
    Adjunct Professor
    University of Colorado
  • Larissa Herda
    Chairman, CEO, and President
    tw telecom inc.
  • Michael Powell
    President & CEO
    National Cable & Telecommunications Association (NCTA)
    Former Chairman
    Federal Communications Commission
  • Meredith Attwell Baker
    Federal Communications Commission
  • Marc Berejka
    Senior Policy Advisor
    Office of the Secretary, Department of Commerce
  • Lisa Tanzi
    Vice President and Deputy General Counsel, Business Division
    Microsoft Corporation
  • Phil Weiser
    Deputy Assistant Attorney General, Antitrust Division
    Department of Justice
11:30am - 1:00pm
Evolving Business Models and Policy Challenges for the Content Industries
1:00pm - 3:00pm
  • Jonathan Sallet
    Deputy Assistant Attorney General For Litigation
    U.S. Department of Justice, Antitrust Division
  • Mark Cooper
    Research Director
    Consumer Federation of America
    Senior Adjunct Fellow
    Silicon Flatirons
  • Ellen Goodman
    Rutgers University Law School
  • Mark Lemley
    William H. Neukom Professor of Law
    Program in Law, Science and Technology
    Stanford University
  • Michael Gallagher
    President and Chief Executive Officer
    Entertainment Software Association
  • Preston Padden
    Senior Fellow
    Silicon Flatirons Center
    Adjunct Professor
    University of Colorado
  • Gigi B. Sohn
    Counselor to the Chairman
    Federal Communications Commission
3:00pm - 3:15pm
Industry Structure and Opportunities for Innovation
3:15pm - 5:15pm
Moderator Presenters
  • Carl Shapiro
    Transamerica Professor of Business Strategy
    Haas School of Business
    University of California
  • Howard Shelanski
    Administrator, Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs
    Office of Management and Budget
  • Daniel Weitzner
    Principal Research Scientist
    Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory, MIT
5:15pm - 6:15pm
Monday, February 1, 2010
Keynote Address
9:00am - 10:00am
The Governance Challenges of Cooperation In The Internet Ecosystem
10:00am - 12:00pm
  • Paul Ohm
    Associate Professor of Law
    Associate Dean for Academic Affairs
    University of Colorado
Presenters Discussants
  • Edward Felten
    Deputy U.S. Chief Technology Officer
    White House
    Professor of Computer Science and Public Affairs
    Princeton University (on leave)
  • Andrew McLaughlin
    United States Deputy Chief Technology Officer
  • Brent Olson
    Assistant Vice President
    Public Policy
Lunch and Closing Address
12:00pm - 1:30pm
  • Larry Strickling
    Assistant Secretary for Communications and Information
    National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA)
    U.S. Department of Commerce


Click here to download the draft conference program.

Parking Info

Sunday, January 31st you may park in Lot 470 for free in front of the Wolf Law Building. On Monday, February 1st you may park in the Euclid Pay Parking lot for a small fee.