The Digital Broadband Migration: Toward a Regulatory Regime

Tags: Content/IP / 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 slew of challenges for businesses, policymakers, and academics alike. In the fall of 2000, as he prepared to take the helm at the Federal Communications Commission, Michael Powell analogized this transition to one of people having to “migrate” across continents. Like the migrations taken by ancient peoples, the transition to a digital, broadband environment is painful and will not happen overnight. Consequently, as increasing numbers of users are adopting digital products and services that are networked through broadband connections, it is now an opportune time to evaluate the issues that policymakers, academics, and businesses will confront over the course of this transition.

This conference will examine three central areas of regulatory policy associated with the Internet age: broadband policy, digital rights management, and privacy and security policy. Our principal speakers will be Chairman Powell, who has spearheaded a set of regulatory responses to these issues and Craig Mundie, the Chief Technology Officer for Microsoft, the most powerful and successful computer company. 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
Overview Panel
  • Terry Bienstock
  • Raymond Gifford
    Partner, Wilkinson Barker Knauer, LLP
  • Dale Hatfield
    Spectrum Policy Initiative Co-director and Distinguished Advisor, Silicon Flatirons
  • Jon Nuechterlein
    General Counsel, Federal Trade Commission
  • Stephen F. Williams
    Senior United States Circuit Judge, United States Court of Appeals, D.C. Circuit
Broadband Policy Panel
  • Peter Rohrbach
    Partner, Hogan & Hartson
  • Howard Shelanski
    Administrator, Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs, Office of Management and Budget, The White House
  • Simon Wilkie
    Professor of Economics, USC
  • Christopher Yoo
    John H. Chestnut Professor of Law, Communication, and Computer & Information Science, University of Pennsylvania
  • Bob Connelly
    Deputy General Counsel, Qwest Communications
  • Mark Cooper
    Research Director, Consumer Federation of America
  • Tim Wu
    Isidor and Seville Sulzbacher Professor of Law, Columbia Law School
The Digital Broadband Migration: Introduction of Keynote Speaker
  • LeRoy Williams
    Secretary of Innovation and Technogy, State of Colorado
The Digital Broadband Migration: The View From the FCC
  • Michael Powell
    President & CEO, National Cable & Telecommunications Association (NCTA)
Digital Rights Management Panel
  • Natalie Hanlon Leh
    Co-Partner-in-Charge, Denver Office, WilmerHale
  • Douglas Melamed
    Partner, Wilmerhale
  • Mark A. Lemley
    William H. Neukom Professor of Law, Stanford University; Director, Program in Law, Science and Technology, Stanford University
  • Preston Padden
    Senior Fellow, Silicon Flatirons Center
  • John Black
    Assistant Professor of Computer Science, University of Colorado
  • Richard Green
    Senior Adjunct Fellow, Silicon Flatirons Center
  • Keith Maskus
    Professor, Department of Economics, Associate Dean for Social Sciences
Privacy & Security Policy Panel
  • Paul Schwartz
    Partner, Litigation Department
  • Scott Marcus
    Senior Advisor for Internet Technology, FCC
  • Peter Swire
    Co-Chair, W3C Tracking Protection Working Group
  • Kathleen Wallman
    CEO, Wallman Strategic Consulting
  • Michael Katz
    Professor of Economics and Business, New York University
  • Alexander Wolf
Closing Address
  • Craig Mundie
    CTO, Microsoft

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