The Digital Broadband Migration: Examining the Internet's Ecosystem

The Internet exists as an ecosystem, where an array of network providers, application developers, content creators, and end users co-exist with one another. To examine the ecosystem, we will bring together a leading group of academics, public interest advocates, governmental officials, and industry executives.

Tags: Content/IP / Entrepreneurship / Technology Policy

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.


Sessions

01/31/10 8:45am - 9:00am
Welcome
  • Dale Hatfield
    Spectrum Policy Initiative Co-director and Distinguished Advisor, Silicon Flatirons
01/31/10 9:00am - 9:30am
Overview Address
  • Phil Weiser
    Deputy Assistant Attorney General, Antitrust Division, Department of Justice
01/31/10 9:30am - 11:30am
Overview Panel: The Internet Ecosystem in Perspective
  • Phil Weiser — Moderator
    Deputy Assistant Attorney General, Antitrust Division, Department of Justice
  • Brad Feld
    Managing Director, Foundry Group
  • Michael Powell
    President & CEO, National Cable & Telecommunications Association (NCTA)
  • Larissa Herda
    Chairman, CEO, and President, tw telecom inc.
  • Dale Hatfield
    Spectrum Policy Initiative Co-director and Distinguished Advisor, Silicon Flatirons
  • Lisa Tanzi
    Vice President and Deputy General Counsel, Business Division, Microsoft Corporation
  • Meredith Attwell Baker
    Commissioner, Federal Communications Commission
  • Marc Berejka
    Senior Policy Advisor, Office of the Secretary, Department of Commerce
01/31/10 11:30am - 1:00pm
Lunch

01/31/10 1:00pm - 3:00pm
Evolving Business Models and Policy Challenges for the Content Industries
  • Jonathan Sallet — Moderator
    General Counsel, Federal Communications Commission
  • Mark A. Lemley — Presenter
    William H. Neukom Professor of Law, Stanford University; Director, Program in Law, Science and Technology, Stanford University
  • Mark Cooper — Presenter
    Research Director, Consumer Federation of America
  • Ellen P. Goodman — Presenter
    Professor of Law, Rutgers Law School
  • Preston Padden — Commenter
    Senior Fellow, Silicon Flatirons Center
  • Gigi B. Sohn — Commenter
    Counselor to the Chairman, Federal Communications Commission
  • Michael D. Gallagher — Commenter
    President and Chief Executive Officer, Entertainment Software Association
01/31/10 3:00pm - 3:15pm
Break

01/31/10 3:15pm - 5:15pm
Industry Structure and Opportunities for Innovation
  • Ari Q. Fitzgerald — Moderator
    Partner and Leader, Communications , Hogan Lovells
  • Carl Shapiro — Presenter
    Transamerica Chair in Business Strategy, Professor, Haas School of Business, University of California at Berkeley
  • Howard Shelanski — Presenter
    Administrator, Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs, Office of Management and Budget, The White House
  • Daniel Weitzner — Presenter
    Principal Research Scientist, Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory, MIT
  • Kathryn C. Brown — Commenter
    Senior Vice President, Public Policy & Corporate Responsibility, Verizon
  • Stephen F. Williams — Commenter
    Senior United States Circuit Judge, United States Court of Appeals, D.C. Circuit
  • Jon Nuechterlein — Commenter
    General Counsel, Federal Trade Commission
01/31/10 5:15pm - 6:15pm
Reception

02/01/10 9:00am - 10:00am
Keynote Address
02/01/10 10:00am - 12:00pm
The Governance Challenges of Cooperation In The Internet Ecosystem
  • Paul Ohm — Moderator
    Associate Professor of Law, Associate Dean for Academic Affairs
  • Pierre de Vries — Presenter
    Director Emeritus and Distinguished Advisor, Silicon Flatirons
  • Michael Froomkin — Presenter
    Professor of Law, University of Miami
  • Frank Pasquale — Presenter
    Professor of Law, Seton Hall University
  • Edward Felten — Commenter
    Deputy U.S. Chief Technology Officer, White House
  • Andrew McLaughlin — Commenter
    United States Deputy Chief Technology Officer
  • Brent Olson — Commenter
    Assistant Vice President, Public Policy
02/01/10 12:00pm - 1:30pm
Lunch and Closing Address
  • Larry Strickling
    Assistant Secretary for Communications and Information, National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA)

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