The Digital Broadband Migration: Imagining the Internet's Future

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. This conference will imagine the Internet’s future, discuss its economic and social implications, and contrast different prescriptions for Internet policy.

Tags: Content/IP / Entrepreneurship / Technology Policy

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.


Sessions

02/08/09 8:45am - 9:00am
Welcome

@ Wittemyer Courtroom, Wolf Law Building

02/08/09 9:00am - 9:45am
Overview Address

@ Wittemyer Courtroom, Wolf Law Building

  • William E. Kovacic
    Global Competition Professor of Law and Policy, The George Washington University Law School; Director, Competition Law Center, The George Washington University Law School
02/08/09 9:45am - 11:45am
Overview Panel: The Internet's Challenge to Policymakers

@ Wittemyer Courtroom, Wolf Law Building

  • William E. Kovacic — Panelist
    Global Competition Professor of Law and Policy, The George Washington University Law School; Director, Competition Law Center, The George Washington University Law School
  • Kathryn C. Brown — Panelist
    Senior Vice President, Public Policy & Corporate Responsibility, Verizon
  • Brad Feld — Panelist
    Managing Director, Foundry Group
  • Bryan Tramont — Panelist
    Managing Partner, Wilkinson Barker Knauer, LLP
  • Kathleen Ham — Panelist
    Senior Vice President, Govenment Affairs, T-Mobile
  • Dale Hatfield — Panelist
    Spectrum Policy Initiative Co-director and Distinguished Advisor, Silicon Flatirons
02/08/09 11:45am - 1:15am
Lunch

@ Wittemyer Courtroom, Wolf Law Building


02/08/09 1:15pm - 3:15pm
The Evolution of Internet Architecture: From Best Efforts and End-to-End to Reasonable Network Management?

@ Wittemyer Courtroom, Wolf Law Building

  • Paul Ohm — Moderator
    Associate Professor of Law, Associate Dean for Academic Affairs
  • Christopher Yoo — Presenter
    John H. Chestnut Professor of Law, Communication, and Computer & Information Science, University of Pennsylvania; Director, Center for Technology, Innovation & Competition, University of Pennsylvania
  • Edward Felten — Presenter
    Deputy U.S. Chief Technology Officer, White House
  • Shane Greenstein — Presenter
    Professor of Economics, Northwestern University
  • Andrew McLaughlin — Commenter
    United States Deputy Chief Technology Officer
  • Dorothy Attwood — Commenter
    Senior Vice President, Walt Disney Company
  • Mark Cooper — Commenter
    Research Director, Consumer Federation of America
02/08/09 3:15pm - 3:30pm
Break

@ Wittemyer Courtroom, Wolf Law Building


02/08/09 3:30pm - 5:30pm
The Evolution of Regulatory Institutions for an Internet Age

@ Wittemyer Courtroom, Wolf Law Building

  • Andrew Crain — Moderator
    General Counsel, Frontier Communications
  • Howard Shelanski — Presenter
    Administrator, Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs, Office of Management and Budget, The White House
  • James B. Speta — Presenter
    Professor of Law, Northwestern Pritzker School of Law
  • Gigi B. Sohn — Presenter
    Counselor to the Chairman, Federal Communications Commission
  • 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
  • Joe Waz — Commenter
02/08/09 5:30pm - 6:30pm
Reception

@ Wittemyer Courtroom, Wolf Law Building


02/09/09 9:00am - 9:45am
Keynote Speaker

@ Glenn Miller Ballroom, University Memorial Center

  • Richard Lynch
    CTO, Verizon Communications
02/09/09 9:45am - 11:45am
The Future of Internet Content and Services

@ Glenn Miller Ballroom, University Memorial Center

  • Ari Q. Fitzgerald — Moderator
    Partner and Leader, Communications , Hogan Lovells
  • Stacey Dogan — Presenter
    Law Alumni Scholar, Professor of Law
  • Pamela Samuelson — Presenter
    Richard M. Sherman Distinguished Professor of Law, University of California Berkeley; Director, Berkeley Center for Law & Technology
  • Eric Goldman — Presenter
    Associate Professor, Director of the High Tech Law Institute
  • Michael D. Gallagher — Commenter
    President and Chief Executive Officer, Entertainment Software Association
  • Preston Padden — Commenter
    Senior Fellow, Silicon Flatirons Center
  • Pamela Passman — Commenter
    Vice President and Deputy General Counsel, Global Corporate and Regulatory Affairs, Microsoft
02/09/09 11:45am - 1:15pm
Lunch and Closing Address

@ Glenn Miller Ballroom, University Memorial Center

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