Conferences and Workshops

Broadband Research

Broadband Research in a Changing World:
New Technologies, Ideologies and Priorities

A by-invitation experts’ workshop to be held at
American University Washington College of Law
Room C217
4300 Nebraska Avenue, NW, Washington DC
September 10, 2017

Supported by a Grant from the National Science Foundation


9:00 - Welcome comments - IIP co-directors

9:15-10:15 Panel 1: Strategies
Chair: Matt Jackson - Penn State
1.    Rob Frieden - Penn State
Zero Rating and the Potential for Enhanced Digital Literacy and Stimulated Broadband Demand
2.     Paul Rappoport - Temple University and Rich Mixsell - ShareTracker
The Diffusion of Internet Access: Focusing on SMB Demand and Availability

Respondent: Stuart N. Brotman - University of Tennessee, Knoxville

10:15-10:30 - Coffee break

10:30-12:00 Panel 2: Wireless
Chair: - Richard Taylor - Penn State and the University of Hawaii at Manoa
1.     Peter Stenberg - USDA Economic Research Service
Satellite and Wireless Broadband Service Complementarity and Substitutability in Lieu of Wired Rural Internet Service
2.     Prabir Neogi - Carleton University
Mobile Communications and Broadband Access in India: A Developing Country Approach
3.     Jamie Alexander Greig - University of Tennessee, Knoxville
Wireless mesh-networks as community hubs: Analysis of small-scale wireless mesh-networks

Respondent: Heather Hudson - University of Alaska, Anchorage

12:00-13:00 Lunch

13:00 - 14:30 Panel 3: Cases
Chair: Amit Schejter - Ben-Gurion University of the Negev and Penn State
1.     Fernando Beltrán - University of Auckland Business School
A comparative analysis of selected national and regional investment initiatives that seek to achieve broadband expansion by deploying NGA networks
2.     Michel Merseraux - University of Toronto
Towards Universal & Rights Protected Internet Access: Decentralizing internet access oversight from national to local levels of government
3.     Zhiwei Tang - University of Electronic Science and Technology of China (UESTC); Zepeng Gong- Sichuan University; Zhiqiang Fan - UESTC; and Huiping Zhang - UESTC
A Comparative Study of China and the United States’ Broadband Policy Based on the “Tool-Welfare” Analysis Framework

Respondent: Ben Cramer - Penn State

14:30-15:00 Coffee break

15:00 - 16:30
Roundtable discussion: How can we carry the National Broadband Research Agenda forward?
Carleen Maitland - Penn State
Krishna Jayakar - Penn State

16:30 - Parting words