Conferences and Workshops

The Future of Broadband Regulation

A by-invitation Experts’ Workshop
Federal Communications Commission
445 12th St., SW  Washington, D.C.
May 29-30, 2014


Thursday, May 29
Sessions  will be held in Room 3B-516, with the exception of the Opening Plenary

8:15-8:45 Continental Breakfast

8:45-9:00 Welcome: IIP, FCC, Commission Meeting Room

9:00-10:00 Plenary: Commission Meeting Room
FCC Chief Technologist Henning Schulzrinne
FCC Chief Economist Tim Brennan
FCC OSP Chief Jon Chambers
Mr. David Redl, ,Chief Counsel, Subcommittee on Communications and Technology, U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Energy and Commerce.

10:00-10:15 Coffee Break (and transition to conference room)

Part I: From the Past to the Future

10:30-11:30 Session I: “Theories and Realities of Broadband Regulation: A Look Back and a Look Ahead”,   Charles M. Davidson and Michael J. Santorelli, New York Law School
Respondent:  Richard Taylor, Penn State University

11:30-12:30 Session II: “Debatable Premises in Telecom Policy,” Gus Hurwitz, University of Nebraska
Respondent:  Patricia Aufderheide, American University

12:30-1:30 Lunch

Part II: Regulatory Frameworks

1:30-2:30 Session III: “The Evolution of Innovation and the Evolution of Regulation: Emerging Tensions and Emerging Opportunities in Communications,” John W. Mayo and Larry Downes, Georgetown University
Respondent: Harold Feld, Senior Vice President, Public Knowledge

2:30-3:30 Session IV: “Global Data Security, The Privacy Ecosystem, and the Future of Broadband Regulation,” Jennifer Holt, U.C. Santa Barbara
Respondent: Justin Brown, University of South Florida

3:30-3:45      Coffee break

Part III: International Lessons


3:45-4:45 Session V:“U.S. vs. European Broadband Deployment: A Look at the Data,” Christopher Yoo, University of Pennsylvania
Respondent: Sascha Meinrath, Director, X-Lab, Fellow, Institute of Communications Research, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

4:45-5:45 Session VI: “Reciprocity of Government Restructuring/Policy Changes and the Convergent Environment in South Korea,” Eun-A Park, University of New Haven
Respondent: Gracie Lawson-Borders, Dean, School of Communications, Howard University

Friday, May 30
8:30-9:00 Continental Breakfast

Part III: International Lessons (cont.)

9:00-10:00 Session VII:“Public Interest in the Regulation of Competition: Evidence from Wholesale Internet Access Consultations in Canada”, Reza Rajabiun and Catherine Middleton, Ryerson University
Respondent: John Horrigan, Ph.D., Independent Communications Policy Consultant

Part IV: Are Some Bits Better Than Others?

10:00-11:00 Session VIII: “Net Bias and the Treatment of Mission-Critical Bits,” Robert M. Frieden, Penn State University
Respondent: Matthew Hindman, George Washington University

11:00-11:15 Coffee break

11:15-12:15 Session IX: “The Future of Online Video: An Economic Perspective,” David Waterman, Ryland Sherman and Yongwoog Jeon, Indiana University
Respondent: Amit Schejter, Penn State University

12:15-1:45 Lunch
Research interests of the FCC: A discussion with FCC staff:
Henning Schulzrinne, Chief Technologist
Jon Sallet, General Counsel
Jonathan Chambers, Chief, Office of Strategic Planning (OSP)
Tim Brennan, Chief Economist
Jonathan Levy, Deputy Chief Economist
Eric Ralph, Chief Economist, Wireline Competition Bureau
Susan Singer, Chief Economist, Wireless Telecommunications Bureau
Robert Cannon (OSP), attorney; one of our top Internet experts
Walt Johnston, Office of Engineering and Technology
Irene Wu, International Bureau
Jack Erb, OSP, Economist
Tom Spavins, Economist

Part V: The Future of Broadband

1:45-2:45 Session X:“The Rise of Rural Wireless Broadband Internet Services” Peter L. Stenberg, USDA-Economic Research Service
Respondent: Krishna Jayakar, Penn State

2:45-3:45 Session XI:“Prospects for Gigabit Broadband,” David Reed, University of Colorado at Boulder
Respondent: Jon Peha, Professor, Department of Engineering and Public Policy, Carnegie Mellon University

3:45-4:00 Summary and Closing Remarks