Conferences and Workshops

The Broadband Act of 2011: Designing A Communications Act for the 21st Century

EXPERTS WORKSHOP: “THE BROADBAND ACT OF 2011:
DESIGNING A COMMUNICATIONS ACT FOR THE 21ST CENTURY”
The New America Foundation
September 28-30, 2010

                                                                                         Program

Monday, Sept 27 Evening welcome reception: Nora (2132 Florida Ave., NW)

Tuesday, Sept. 28

8:30 – 8:45 Continental breakfast

8:45 – 9:00 Welcoming Remarks and Logistics: Co-Organizers

9:00 – 10:00 “Where do we stand?  The National Broadband Plan and the Legislative Debate”
Presentation: Amit Schejter

10:00 – 10:15 Coffee break

 

1. National Broadband Policies – Comparative Perspectives


10:15 – 11:15 Bohlin, Erik, Professor and Teppayayon, Orada,  Ph.D. Candidate, Department of Technology Management and Economics, Chalmers University of Technology, Sweden. “Broadband policy for the future: Building upon a conceptual framework”.
Respondent: Richard Taylor, Co-Director, Institute for Information Policy, The Pennsylvania State University
Group Discussion

11:15 – 12:15 De Bijl, Paul. Head of Dept. Competition and Regulation, CPB Netherlands Bureau for Economic Policy Analysis. “Broadband Policy in the Light of the Dutch Experience with Telecoms Liberalization”.
Respondent: Amit Schejter, Co-Director, Institute for Information Policy, The Pennsylvania State University
Group Discussion

12:15 – 1:30 Lunch

1:30-2:30 Neogi, Prabir. Special Advisor, Department of Industry, Government of Canada. “National Broadband Strategies and Related Telecom Policy Issues: A Comparative Review and Possible Lessons for the U.S.”.
Respondent: Krishna Jayakar, Faculty Affiliate, Institute for Information Policy, The Pennsylvania State University
Group Discussion

2:30 – 2:45 Coffee break

 


2. Institutional Frameworks I: A Common Carrier Framework?

2:45 – 3:45 Kilpatrick, Henry E., Managing Director, Econpolicy. “Do We Really Need a New Methodology After 650 Years of Regulating Common Carriers and Public Utilities or Can We Apply What We Already Know?”
Respondent: Nicholas Bramble, Yale University Law School
Group Discussion

3:45 – 4:30 Integration/Discussion/Future Research Agenda

7:00 pm Group Dinner: M&S Seafood (1652 K Street NW)

Wednesday, Sept. 29

8:30 – 9:00 Continental breakfast


3. “Network Neutrality” and Open Access


9:00 – 10:00 Hogendorn, Christiaan. Associate Professor, Economics, Wesleyan University. “Spillovers, Externalities, and Network Neutrality”.
Respondent: Rob Frieden, Pioneers Chair and Professor of Telecommunications, Pennsylvania State University
Group Discussion

10:00 – 10:15 Coffee break

10:15 – 11:15 Cohill, Andrew Michael. President, Design Nine Inc. “Open Access and the Opportunity for “Big” Broadband”.
Respondent: Linda Garcia, Associate Professor, Communication, Culture and Technology Program, Georgetown University
Group Discussion

 

4. Institutional Frameworks II: First Amendment Considerations

11:15 – 12:15 Bramble, Nicholas. Lecturer, Yale Law School, Yale University. “Drafting a Communications Act that Satisfies the Text and Purposes of the First Amendment”.
Respondent: Adam Candeub, Associate Professor of Law, Michigan State University College of Law
Group Discussion

12:15 – 1:30 Lunch/Speaker: Verizon Representative

 

5. Universal Broadband


1:30 – 2:30 Bernt, Phyllis, Professor, McClure School of Information and Telecommunications Systems, Ohio University.“Universal Service in the National Broadband Plan:  A Case for Federal-State Cooperation”.
Respondent: Benjamin Cramer, Ph.D., Managing Editor, Journal of Information Policy (forthcoming)
Group Discussion

2:30 – 2:45 Coffee break

2:45 – 3:45 Jayakar, Krishna. Associate Professor, Telecommunications, Penn State University. “Universal broadband and middle mile institutions”.
Respondent: Jorge Reina Schement, Dean, School of Communication and Information Studies, Rutgers University
Group Discussion

3:45 – 4:45 Integration/Discussion/Future Research Agenda

7:00 – Group Dinner: Kellari Taverna (1700 K St. NW)

Thursday, Sept. 30

8:30 – 9:00 Continental breakfast

 


6.  Institutional Frameworks III: An “Internet common law”?


9:00 – 10:00 Candeub, Adam, Associate Professor of Law, Acting Director, Intellectual Property & Communications Law Program, Michigan State University College of Law & McCartney, Daniel John, IP Fellow, Intellectual Property & Communications Law Program, Michigan State University College of Law. “An Informational, Adjudicative Approach to Internet Regulation”.
Respondent: Everett Ehrlich, Senior Vice President and Director of Research, Committee for Economic Development
Group Discussion

10:00 – 10:15 Coffee break

10:15 – 11:15

 

7. Institutional Frameworks IV: FCC Reform


Garcia, D. Linda. Associate Professor, Communication, Culture and Technology Program, Georgetown University. “Organizing to Promote Broadband: Matching Structure to Organizational goals”.
Respondent: Henry Kilpatrick, Managing Director, Econpolicy.
Group Discussion

 

8. Consumer safeguards


11:15 – 12:15 Frieden, Rob. Professor, Telecommunications and Law, Penn State University. “Legislative and Regulatory Strategies for Providing Consumer Safeguards in a Convergent Marketplace”.
Respondent: Jeffrey L. Blevins, Associate Professor & Director of Undergraduate Education, Greenlee School of Journalism & Communication, Iowa State University of Science & Technology
Group Discussion

12:15 – 1:30 Lunch/Speaker (TBD)
 

 

9.  Mobility


1:30 – 2:30 Middleton, Catherine, Canada Research Chair, Ted Rogers School of Management, Ryerson University and Given, Jock, Professor, Media and Communications, Institute for Social Research, Swinburne University of Technology in Melbourne. “The Next Broadband Challenge: Mobile”.
Respondent: Sascha Meinrath, New America Foundation
Group Discussion

2:30 – 2:45 Coffee Break

2:45 – 3:45 Meinrath, Sascha, Research Director, Wireless Future Program; Director, Open
Technology Initiative
Respondent

Group Discussion

3:45 – 4:00 Concluding Remarks: Organizers