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Phoenix Center's 2011 Annual U.S. Telecoms Symposium


2011 Symposium

On December 1, 2011, nearly 100 people from government, academia, industry and the media joined the Phoenix Center for its 11th Annual U.S. Telecoms Symposium at the University Club in Washington, D.C.  This year’s Symposium theme was The Path to Regulatory Reform in Modern Communications Markets 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. Marius Schwartz, Chief Economist—Federal Communications Commission; Dr. Michael Pelcovits, MiCRA; 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.

The second panel was entitled “Should I Write A Check” and featured two of the leading Wall Street analysts working in the field today:  Michael Rollins, Managing Director—Citi Investment Research & Analysis and Chris Gleason from Alyeska Investment Group.

The third panel was our “Phoenix Center Power Panel” featuring Hon. Michael Powell, President – NCTA; Hon. Steve Largent, President – CTIA; James W. Cicconi, Senior Executive Vice President – AT&T Services, Inc.

The Symposium ended with the presentation of the Phoenix Center’s Annual Jerry B. Duvall Public Service Award to Congressman Greg Walden – Chair, Subcommittee on Communications and Technology – House Energy and Commerce Committee.

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 Chairman Walden’s efforts to bring much need FCC reform and to pass a crucial spectrum bill, we could think of nobody who epitomized this standard more in 2011.


Available Slides:

Dr. Tim Brennan, Professor of Economics—University of Maryland, Baltimore Campus
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Dr. Michael Pelcovits, MiCRA
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Dr. Marius Schwartz, Chief Economist—Federal Communications Commission
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Dr. George Ford, Chief Economist—The Phoenix Center
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Symposium Videos:


Phoenix Center's 2011 Annual U.S. Telecoms Symposium Part 1: Economists’ Panel, featuring Dr. Tim Brennan, Professor of Economics - University of Maryland, Baltimore Campus; Dr. Marius Schwartz, Chief Economist - Federal Communications Commission; Dr. Michael Pelcovits, MiCRA; and Dr. George Ford, Chief Economist - The Phoenix Center. The panel was moderated by Dr. Jerry Duvall, Honorary Phoenix Center Chief Economist Emeritus and current FCC International Bureau Chief Economist.



Phoenix Center's 2011 Annual U.S. Telecoms Symposium Part 2: “Should I Write A Check”, featuring Michael Rollins, Managing Director - Citi Investment Research & Analysis and Chris Gleason from Alyeska Investment Group. The Panel was moderated by Phoenix Center Chief Economist George Ford.



Phoenix Center's 2011 Annual U.S. Telecoms Symposium Part 3: “Phoenix Center Power Panel”, featuring Hon. Michael Powell, President – NCTA; Hon. Steve Largent, President – CTIA; James W. Cicconi, Senior Executive Vice President – AT&T Services, Inc.



Congressman Greg Walden, Chairman - Subcommittee on Communications and Technology, House Energy and Commerce Committee, accepts the 2011 Jerry B. Duvall Public Service Award at the Phoenix Center's 11th Annual US Telecoms Symposium.


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