The Digital Broadband Migration: The Future of Internet-Enabled Innovation

Tags: Technology Policy

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The future of Internet-driven innovation remains a difficult topic to assess. Some trends, including the increasing importance of wireless platforms, are not hard to spot, but many of the game-changing technologies and trends are likely to surprise us. We do know that the dynamics around competition and innovation in the Internet space will raise a series of policy, business, and technical issues that will challenge the ability of 20th century institutions to keep up.

In this conference, we will look ahead at innovation in the Internet environment, taking a hard look at three policy dimensions that are getting increasing attention. First, we will examine the forces and strategies around how to enable interoperability and interconnection in the Internet Protocol-based environment. This examination will ask how issues traditionally addressed by telecommunications regulation&#8211the physical connection of networks and the oversight of voice communications will be handled in a world where some of the most important network connections (say, Internet backbone networks) and voice interoperability (say between Voice over IP providers) are outside the scope of today’s regulatory regime.

Second, we will discuss the emerging competitive forces, battles, and policy responses in the Internet space, evaluating the role not only of traditional competition policy on the part of antitrust authorities and telecommunications regulation, but also the role of intellectual property rights. Finally, we will evaluate how and whether wireless communications will facilitate innovation and competition in a wireless broadband environment where the opportunities for access to spectrum, both licensed and unlicensed, are far from determined.


02/10/13 9:00am - 9:15am
  • Phil Weiser
    Hatfield Professor of Law, University of Colorado Law School
02/10/13 9:15am - 10:25am
Tech Tutorial Backdrop: Future Technological Trends and Their Impact
  • Jonathan Sallet — Moderator
    General Counsel, Federal Communications Commission
  • Jack Waters
    Chief Technology Officer, Level 3 Communications
  • Douglas Sicker
    Department Head, Engineering and Public Policy Professor, Engineering & Computer Science
  • Michael D. Gallagher
    President and Chief Executive Officer, Entertainment Software Association
  • Balan Nair
    President and Chief Executive Officer, Liberty Latin America
02/10/13 10:25am - 11:45am
Opening Panel: The Digital Broadband Migration In The Next Decade
  • Phil Weiser — Moderator
    Hatfield Professor of Law, University of Colorado Law School
  • Brad Feld
    Partner, Foundry Group
  • Carl Shapiro
    Transamerica Chair in Business Strategy, Professor, Haas School of Business, University of California at Berkeley
  • Gigi B. Sohn
    Counselor to the Chairman, Federal Communications Commission
  • Maureen Ohlhausen
    Commissioner, Federal Trade Commission
  • Jared Grusd
    Head of Corporate Development and General Counsel, Spotify
02/10/13 11:45am - 1:00pm

02/10/13 1:00pm - 3:00pm
Interconnection Policy For The Internet Age
  • Raymond Gifford — Moderator
    Partner, Wilkinson Barker Knauer, LLP
  • Mark Cooper — Presenter
    Research Director, Consumer Federation of America
  • James B. Speta — Presenter
    Professor of Law, Northwestern Pritzker School of Law
  • Zac Katz — Presenter
    Chief of Staff, Federal Communications Commission
  • Lynn Charytan — Commenter
    Vice President, Legal Regulatory Affairs and Senior Deputy General Counsel, Comcast Corporation
  • Leonard Cali — Commenter
    Senior Vice President - Global Public Policy, AT&T
  • Leslie Harris — Commenter
    President and Chief Executive Officer, Center for Democracy and Technology
02/10/13 3:00pm - 3:45pm
A Conversation with Randall Stephenson, Chairman & CEO, AT&T
02/10/13 3:45pm - 4:00pm

02/10/13 4:00pm - 6:00pm
The Wireless Future: Industry Structure and The Impact of Spectrum Policy
  • Ari Q. Fitzgerald — Moderator
    Partner and Leader, Communications , Hogan Lovells
  • Gregory Rosston — Presenter
    Deputy Director and Senior Fellow, SIEPR
  • Hal Varian — Presenter
    Chief Economist, Google
  • JP de Vries — Presenter
    Director Emeritus and Distinguished Advisor, Silicon Flatirons
  • Chris Guttman-McCabe — Commenter
    Executive Vice President, CTIA - The Wireless Association
  • Brad Burnham — Commenter
    Managing Partner, Union Square Ventures
  • Tom Sugrue — Commenter
    Vice President, T-Mobile
02/10/13 6:00pm - 7:00pm

02/11/13 9:00am - 9:05am
  • Phil Weiser
    Hatfield Professor of Law, University of Colorado Law School
02/11/13 9:05am - 9:15am
Opening Address
  • Cory Gardner
    United States Congressman, 4th District of Colorado
02/11/13 9:15am - 9:45am
Keynote Address
  • Larry Strickling
    Assistant Secretary for Communications and Information, National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA)
02/11/13 9:45am - 11:45am
Competition Policy For the Internet Age
  • Jonathan Sallet — Moderator
    General Counsel, Federal Communications Commission
  • Howard Shelanski — Presenter
    Administrator, Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs, Office of Management and Budget, The White House
  • Mark A. Lemley — Presenter
    William H. Neukom Professor of Law, Stanford University; Director, Program in Law, Science and Technology, Stanford University
  • Susan Athey — Presenter
    Professor of Economics, Harvard University
  • Dorothy Attwood — Commenter
    Senior Vice President, Walt Disney Company
  • 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
02/11/13 11:45am - 12:30pm
A Conversation with Glenn Britt, Chairman & CEO, Time Warner Cable, Inc.
  • Phil Weiser — Moderator
    Hatfield Professor of Law, University of Colorado Law School
  • Glenn A. Britt
    Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Time Warner Cable Inc.
02/11/13 12:30pm - 1:30pm
Lunch Reception

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