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Phoenix Center's 2009 Annual U.S. Telecoms Symposium

2009 Symposium

On December 3, 2009, nearly 100 people from government, academia, industry and the media joined the Phoenix Center for its Annual U.S. Telecoms Symposium at the University Club in Washington, D.C. This year’s Symposium theme was Driving Policy Through A “Fact-Based And Data-Driven Process” and the discussions were both substantive and lively.

The Symposium kicked off with the traditional “Economists’ Panel.” This year, the Economists’ Panel included Dr. Robert Willig, Professor of Economics – Princeton University; Dr. Marius Schwartz, Professor of Economics – Georgetown University; Dr. Jonathan Baker, Chief Economist – Federal Communications Commission; and Dr. George Ford, Chief Economist – The Phoenix Center.  As always, the panel was moderated by Jerry Duvall, Honorary Phoenix Center Chief Economist Emeritus, and current FCC International Bureau Chief Economist.

After the Economists’ Panel, we were extremely privileged to welcome FCC Commissioner Meredith Attwell Baker as the keynote speaker of the Symposium.  Commissioner Baker used this opportunity to set forth her views on A Spectrum Management Framework.

The second panel was entitled “Does Congestion Matter” and was comprised of the leading technologists that run the most sophisticated networks in the world.  Panelists included Dr. Edward Amoroso, Chief Security Officer – AT&T; Jason Livingood, Executive Director of Internet Systems Engineering – Comcast; Mark Wegleitner, Senior Vice President, Technology – Verizon; and Dr. Rob Curtis, Deployment Director – FCC Omnibus Broadband Initiative.

The Symposium ended with the presentation of the Phoenix Center’s Annual Jerry B. Duvall Public Service Award to Congressman G.K. Butterfield (NC-1st District) and Majority Chief Deputy Whip.  The Duvall Award does not seek to recognize the recipient’s personal politics; rather, the Duvall Award goes to the policymaker who most demonstrated the “political courage in, and contribution of analytical rigor to, the United States telecoms policy debate.”  Given Congressman Butterfield’s track record of promoting broadband investment and universal coverage for all and his principled stand on making sure the FCC balances the cost and benefits of potential net neutrality regulations, we can think of nobody who epitomized this standard more in 2009.

Available Presentations:

Welcome Remarks:
Lawrence Spiwak [pdf]

Economists Panel:

Jonathan Baker [pdf]
Marius Schwartz [pdf]
Robert Willig [pdf]

Morning Keynote:
FCC Commissioner Meredith Attwell Baker [pdf]

Technologists Panel: “Does Technology Matter”
Jason Livingood [pdf]
Mark Wegleitner [pdf]

2009 Duvall Award Recipient:
Congressman G.K. Butterfield [pdf]

Symposium Videos:

Lawrence J. Spiwak welcome and Economists Panel

Morning Keynote: FCC Commissioner Meredith Attwell Baker

Technologists Panel

Duvall Award Ceremony with Congressman G.K. Butterfield

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