The Digital Broadband Migration:The Challenges of Internet Law and Governance

This conference will evaluate the state of competition policy and intellectual property policy in the Internet environment, and examine what kinds of institutions are best suited to ensuring interoperability, openness, and transparency, while providing appropriate balance and flexibility, in this constantly changing ecosystem.

Tags: Technology Policy

For a report summarizing the conference written by Julie Cuypers, Daniel Henry, Martina Hinojosa, Marissa Johnson, Nereus Lobo, Lauren Ramirez, and Walker Williams Click Here.

In Cooperation With the Federal Communications Bar Association

Internet policy is developing along its path. Internet-based services are not generally overseen by traditional institutions or established legal frameworks. As such, commentators continue to raise a series of concerns related to the future of competition, intellectual property rights, network security, and ongoing technological development. Policymakers continue to evaluate which institutional strategies can frame these discussions and govern behavior in a manner that respects, rather than stifles, dynamism and creativity in the Internet ecosystem.

This Digital Broadband Migration conference will evaluate these emerging discussions, picking up a conversation initiated by the OECD in 2011 on the principles that should guide policymaking in the Internet environment. The discussion will begin with the technology backdrop – IP-based networks are undermining their legacy predecessors, and IP-based broadband networks will soon be carrying all forms of communications, leaving behind an increasingly fragile regulatory regime built on legacy technology and market assumptions. For public policy goals ranging from competition to privacy and security to the protection of intellectual property, these technological and market changes require the development of new governance models and the assumption of new forms of responsibility by Internet actors such as Internet Service Providers, applications providers, and others. The conference will explore many of these questions, evaluate the state of competition policy and intellectual property policy in the Internet environment, and examine what kinds of institutions are best suited to ensuring interoperability, openness, and transparency, while providing appropriate balance and flexibility, in this constantly changing ecosystem.


Sessions

02/12/12 9:00am - 9:05am
Welcome
  • Phil Weiser
    Hatfield Professor of Law, University of Colorado Law School
02/12/12 9:05am - 9:20am
Technology Overview
02/12/12 9:20am - 10:20am
Tech Tutorial Backdrop: An All IP Network and Its Policy Implications
  • Phil Weiser — Moderator
    Hatfield Professor of Law, University of Colorado Law School
  • Dan Reed
    Corporate Vice President of Technology Policy and Strategy, Microsoft
  • Jack Waters
    Chief Technology Officer, Level 3 Communications
  • Edward Felten
    Deputy U.S. Chief Technology Officer, White House
  • Vinton G. Cerf
    Vice President and Chief Internet Evangelist, Google
02/12/12 10:20am - 11:00am
Opening Addresses
  • Larry Strickling
    Assistant Secretary for Communications and Information, National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA)
  • Michael F. Bennet
    United States Senator for Colorado
02/12/12 11:00am - 12:15pm
Opening Panel: The Digital Broadband Migration in Perspective
  • Phil Weiser — Moderator
    Hatfield Professor of Law, University of Colorado Law School
  • Brad Feld
    Managing Director, Foundry Group
  • Larissa Herda
    Chairman, CEO, and President, tw telecom inc.
  • Larry Strickling
    Assistant Secretary for Communications and Information, National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA)
  • David L. Cohen
    Senior Executive Vice President, Comcast Corporation
  • Dale Hatfield
    Spectrum Policy Initiative Co-director and Distinguished Advisor, Silicon Flatirons
02/12/12 12:15pm - 1:15pm
Lunch

02/12/12 1:15pm - 3:15pm
Intellectual Property Rights and The Digital Migration
  • Paul Ohm — Moderator
    Associate Professor of Law, Associate Dean for Academic Affairs
  • Mark A. Lemley — Presenter
    William H. Neukom Professor of Law, Stanford University; Director, Program in Law, Science and Technology, Stanford University
  • Gigi B. Sohn — Presenter
    Counselor to the Chairman, Federal Communications Commission
  • Jonathan Taplin — Presenter
    Director, Annenberg Innovation Lab
  • Michael Fricklas — Commenter
    Executive Vice President, General Counsel and Secretary, Viacom Inc.
  • Stephen F. Williams — Commenter
    Senior United States Circuit Judge, United States Court of Appeals, D.C. Circuit
  • Michael D. Gallagher — Commenter
    President and Chief Executive Officer, Entertainment Software Association
02/12/12 3:15pm - 3:30pm
Break

02/12/12 3:30pm - 5:30pm
Multistakeholder Bodies and Internet Governance
  • Pierre de Vries — Moderator
    Director Emeritus and Distinguished Advisor, Silicon Flatirons
  • Mark Cooper — Presenter
    Research Director, Consumer Federation of America
  • Deirdre Mulligan — Presenter
    Professor of Law, UC Berkeley School of Information
  • Joe Waz — Presenter
  • Daniel Weitzner — Commenter
    Principal Research Scientist, Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory, MIT
  • Kathryn C. Brown — Commenter
    Senior Vice President, Public Policy & Corporate Responsibility, Verizon
  • Douglas Sicker — Commenter
    Department Head, Engineering and Public Policy Professor, Engineering & Computer Science
02/12/12 5:30pm - 6:00pm
Closing Keynote
02/13/12 9:00am - 9:45am
Opening Keynote
02/13/12 9:45am - 10:00am
Break

02/13/12 10:00am - 12:00pm
Competition Policy In the Internet Environment
  • Jon Nuechterlein — Moderator
    General Counsel, Federal Trade Commission
  • Jonathan Sallet — Presenter
    General Counsel, Federal Communications Commission
  • Howard Shelanski — Presenter
    Administrator, Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs, Office of Management and Budget, The White House
  • Tim Wu — Presenter
    Isidor and Seville Sulzbacher Professor of Law, Columbia Law School
  • Mark Chandler — Commenter
    Senior Vice President, General Counsel, & Secretary, Cisco
  • Christine Varney — Commenter
    Partner, Cravath, Swaine & Moore LLP
02/13/12 12:00pm - 12:45pm
Closing Address
02/13/12 12:45pm - 1:45pm
Lunch Reception

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