The Digital Broadband Migration: Rewriting The Telecom Act

Tags: Technology Policy

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. In enacting the Telecommunications Act of 1996, Congress instituted a regulatory model based on the traditional technology used to deliver voice telephony-and largely did not grapple with the implications of the Internet. This failure, along with the challenges of reforming the legacy model of spectrum policy and “re-missioning” the Federal Communications Commission, have led many to suggest that it is time to re-write the Telecom Act.

This conference will examine the issues left largely unaddressed by the Telecom Act: how to grapple with the advent of broadband and Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP); how to reform spectrum policy; and how (and whether) the FCC can re-adjust its institutional mission. 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 Journal on Telecommunications and High Technology Law.


Overview Speakers
  • Lawrence Lessig
    Professor of Law, Stanford University
  • Vinton G. Cerf
    Vice President and Chief Internet Evangelist, Google
Overview Panel
  • Dale Hatfield
    Spectrum Policy Initiative Co-director and Distinguished Advisor, Silicon Flatirons
  • Lawrence Lessig
    Professor of Law, Stanford University
  • Vinton G. Cerf
    Vice President and Chief Internet Evangelist, Google
The Implications of Broadband and VoIP
  • Peter Rohrbach
    Partner, Hogan & Hartson
  • Scott Marcus
    Senior Advisor for Internet Technology, FCC
  • Kevin Werbach
    Associate Professor of Legal Studies and Business Ethics, The Wharton School, The University of Pennsylvania
  • Bill Hunt
    Vice President, Public Policy, Level 3 Communications
  • Douglas Sicker
    Department Head, Engineering and Public Policy Professor, Engineering & Computer Science
  • Tim Wu
    Isidor and Seville Sulzbacher Professor of Law, Columbia Law School
Spectrum Policy
  • Mark Williams
    Partner, Sherman & Howard, LLC
  • Gerald Faulhaber
    Professor, Wharton School of Business
  • Ellen P. Goodman
    Professor of Law, Rutgers Law School
  • James B. Speta
    Professor of Law, Northwestern Pritzker School of Law
  • Preston Padden
    Senior Fellow, Silicon Flatirons Center
  • Robert Pepper
    Senior Director, Cisco Systems
  • Stephen F. Williams
    Senior United States Circuit Judge, United States Court of Appeals, D.C. Circuit
Introduction of Keynote Speaker
  • Elizabeth Hoffman
    Former President, University of Colorado
Keynote Address
  • Richard Notebaert
    Chief Executive Officer, Qwest Communications, Inc.
Reforming the FCC and Its Mission
  • Norton Cutler
    Senior Counsel, Perkins Coie
  • Alfred Kahn
    Special Consultant, National Economic Research Associates, Inc. (NERA)
  • Bryan Tramont
    Managing Partner, Wilkinson Barker Knauer, LLP
  • Molly Van Houweling
    Assistant Professor, Boalt Hall
  • Mark Cooper
    Research Director, Consumer Federation of America
  • Raymond Gifford
    Partner, Wilkinson Barker Knauer, LLP
  • Jon Nuechterlein
    General Counsel, Federal Trade Commission
The Digital Broadband Migration: The View from Colorado
  • LeRoy Williams
    Secretary of Innovation and Technogy, State of Colorado
The Digital Broadband Migration: Toward a New Telecom Act
  • Michael Powell
    President & CEO, National Cable & Telecommunications Association (NCTA)

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