Telecommunications Regulation in Comparative Perspective

Tags: Technology Policy

Over ten years after the World Trade Organization established a framework for the liberalization of telecommunications regulation, the debate has moved from the basic question of whether governments should own telecommunications infrastructure to how government policy should encourage the development of advanced infrastructure. This debate involves a high stakes bet on what strategies–government funding for broadband deployment; government-mandated unbundling of legacy or advanced infrastructure; or marketplace competition between rival networks–can best serve countries seeking to spur the deployment and adoption of advanced communications infrastructure. This debate is one that has garnered even more attention in the wake of different portraits of whether the United States has fallen well behind other countries in terms of broadband adoption. It also focuses attention on the questions addressed in the U.S. and U.K. vis a vis providing regulatory flexibility on the building out of next generation fiber infrastructure. A second line of debate involves the role of spectrum regulation insofar as countries have differed on the extent of specifying the nature of private property rights in spectrum, spurring the use of unlicensed spectrum, and specifying the nature of technology standards used by wireless providers. Finally, as to developing nations, economists have recognized the fundamental challenges around developing transparent, predictable, and rule-of-law-based frameworks to encourage entry and investment in telecommunications infrastructure as well as strategies for using information and communications technology policies to spur economic and social development.

At this conference, we will bring together a leading group of governmental officials, academics, and practitioners to address and examine the set of questions outlined above.


Sessions

Welcome
  • Dale Hatfield
    Spectrum Policy Initiative Co-director and Distinguished Advisor, Silicon Flatirons
Comparative Analysis of Unbundling Policies
  • Norton Cutler — Moderator
    Senior Counsel, Perkins Coie
  • Hank Intven
    Partner, McCarthy Tétrault LLP
  • Randy Milch
    Executive Vice President, Senior Policy Advisor to the CEO, Verizon Communications Inc.
  • Scott Marcus
    Independent Expert
  • Robert G. Harris
    Senior Consultant, CRA International
Comparative Analysis of Broadband Funding Strategies
  • Norton Cutler — Moderator
    Senior Counsel, Perkins Coie
  • David Brown
    General Counsel, WildBlue
  • Steve Davis
    Senior Vice President, Public Policy and Government Relations, CenturyLink
  • Gregory Rosston
    Deputy Director and Senior Fellow, SIEPR
  • Balan Nair
    President and Chief Executive Officer, Liberty Latin America
Break

Spectrum Policy Strategies
  • Pierre de Vries — Moderator
    Director Emeritus and Distinguished Advisor, Silicon Flatirons
  • Kathleen Ham
    Senior Vice President, Govenment Affairs, T-Mobile
  • Paul Kolodzy
    Independent Telecommunications Consultant, Kolodzy Consulting
  • William Webb
    Ofcom
  • Susan Ness
    Susan Ness Strategies, Former FCC Commissioner
Universal Service Policy in Perspective
  • Pierre de Vries — Moderator
    Director Emeritus and Distinguished Advisor, Silicon Flatirons
  • Dale Hatfield
    Spectrum Policy Initiative Co-director and Distinguished Advisor, Silicon Flatirons
  • Raymond Gifford
    Partner, Wilkinson Barker Knauer, LLP
  • Paul Margie
    Partner, Harris, Wiltshire & Grannis LLP
  • Scott Wallsten
    Vice President for Research and Senior Fellow, Technology Policy Institute
Reception

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