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 Andrew Langer, Senior Manager of Regulatory Affairs at the National Federation of Small Business, Chris Moore, Legal Advisor to FCC Commissioner Debi Taylor Tate, and FCC International Bureau Chief Economist Jerry Duvall.
As always, the topics discussed ranged widely and were timely. Session topics included: “Economic Tools for Broadband Policy”; “Investing in Telecommunications Infrastructure Under Uncertainty and Irreversibility”; “Tech and Small Biz: Attitudes, Uses, and a Geographic Divide?” and an update on numbering issues from NANC Chair and Phoenix Center Resident Scholar Thomas M. Koutsky.
In addition, our keynote addresses include a presentation by Brian Mefford, President of Connected Nation, who explained in detail his very successful Connect Kentucky program, and a presentation from Jake Jennings, Associate Bureau Chief of the FCC’s Wireline Competition Bureau, who discussed in great detail the FCC’s innovative new Rural Healthcare Pilot Program.
George Ford, Chief Economist - The Phoenix Center: Economic Tools for Broadband Policy [pptx]
Jerry Duvall, Chief Economist – FCC International Bureau: Investing in Telecommunications Infrastructure under Uncertainty and Irreversibility: Communications Satellites as a Case Study [pptx]
Andrew Langer, Senior Manager of Regulatory Affairs - National Federation of Independent Business: Tech and Small Biz: Attitudes, Uses, and a Geographic Divide? [pptx]
Chris Moore, Legal Advisor to FCC Commissioner Tate, CETC Charts [pptx]