Each year, the Phoenix Center gathers together a select group of some two dozen selected policymakers, a “blue ribbon” faculty from academia and government, and several keynote speakers for a series of invitation-only briefings and informal exchanges about the interaction of regulation, economics and technological change. Unlike other conferences, the Phoenix Center’s Retreat is true a “roll-up your sleeves” event: no press, no lobbyists, working meals, etc. – just policymakers and our faculty candidly talking policy in an intimate, academic setting.
Once again, in addition to our Phoenix Center staff, we were privileged to have a great line-up of speakers this year, including FCC Commissioner Debi Taylor Tate, Congressman Trent Franks (AZ), Under Secretary of Commerce for Technology Robert Cresanti, FCC Inspector General (and Phoenix Center Adjunct Fellow) Kent Nilsson, FCC International Bureau Chief Economist Jerry Duvall, Grover Norquist from Americans for Tax Reform, and NARUC General Counsel Brad Ramsay.
As always, the topics discussed ranged widely and were timely. Session topics included: “Two-Sided Markets: Introductory Concepts and Implications for Competition Policy”; the “Impact of Current Policy Initiatives on Entry and Long-Terms Industry Structure”; “Policy Auctions for Competitive Bidding for Universal Service”, and “Network Security/Critical Infrastructure.