On December 2, 2010, nearly 100 people from government, academia, industry and the media joined the Phoenix Center for its 10th Annual U.S. Telecoms Symposium at the University Club in Washington, D.C. This year's Symposium theme was Promoting Investment, Innovation and Jobs and the discussions were both substantive and lively.
The Symposium kicked off with the traditional "Economists' Panel." This year, the Economists' Panel included Dr. Tim Brennan, Professor of Economics—University of Maryland, Baltimore Campus; Dr. Jonathan Baker, Chief Economist—Federal Communications Commission; Dr. Joe Farrell, Chief Economist—Federal Trade Commission; and Dr. George Ford, Chief Economist—The Phoenix Center. As always, the panel was moderated by Dr. 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 Blair Levin, the former Executive Director of the FCC's National Broadband Plan as the keynote speaker of the Symposium.
The second panel was entitled "Promoting Innovation, Investment, and Jobs." Panelists included Dr. Paul de Sa, Chief, Office of Strategic Planning and Policy Analysis— Federal Communications Commission; Dr. Michael Mandel, Visible Economy, LLC and Wharton Mack Center for Technological Innovation; Phil Weiser, Senior Advisor for Technology and Innovation—The White House; and Michael Rollins, Managing Director—Citi Investment Research & Analysis.
The Symposium ended with the presentation of the Phoenix Center's Annual Jerry B. Duvall Public Service Award to Federal Communications Commission Commissioner Meredith Attwell Baker. 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 Commissioner Baker's long track record of promoting sound and principled policymaking, we can think of nobody who epitomized this standard more in 2010.
Lawrence Spiwak [pdf]
Promoting Innovation, Investment, and Jobs:
Dr. Michael Mandel [pdf]
Blair Levin [pdf]
2009 Duvall Award Recipient:
FCC Commissioner Meredith Atwell Baker
Spectrum Reform: A Progress Report [pdf]
Lawrence J. Spiwak Welcome & Economists' Panel (Part 1)
Economists' Panel Part 2 (Dr. George Ford on the FCC's Phoenix Forbearance Order)
Economists' Panel Part 3 (Q&A)
Morning Keynote: Blair Levin
Promoting Innovation, Investment, and Jobs
FCC Commissioner Meredith Attwell Baker