December 3, 2013, the Phoenix Center held its thirteenth Annual Symposium to another standing-room crowd. The theme of this year’s Symposium was Challenges for the Incoming FCC, and the discussions were both informative and lively.
As always, we began with our traditional “Economists Panel.” This year’s panel was comprised of Dr. Rich Clarke – Assistant Vice President, AT&T; Professor Thomas Hazlett – George Mason University; and Dr. George Ford – Chief Economist, The Phoenix Center. As always, the panel was moderated by Dr. Jerry Duvall, Senior Advisor to the Bureau Chief for Economic Analysis – International Bureau, Federal Communications Commission.
Our next panel was entitled “Spectrum Policy Challenges for 2014” and our panelists included Mary Brown – Managing Director, Cisco Systems; Charla Rath – Vice President, Wireless Policy Development, Verizon; Jeff Blum – SVP & Deputy General Counsel, DISH Network; and David Don – Executive Director, Regulatory Affairs, Comcast/NBC Universal.
Our final panel was entitled “Defining the FCC’s Role in the 21st Century” and were privileged to have join us some of the true “wise old sages” of the business, including Walter B. McCormick, Jr. – President and CEO, US Telecom; Hon. Rob McDowell – Former Commissioner, FCC; Hon. Jonathan Adelstein – Former Commissioner, FCC and current President of PCIA; and Blair Levin – Former Director, FCC National Broadband Plan.
The Symposium ended with the presentation of the Phoenix Center’s Annual Jerry B. Duvall Public Service Award to FCC Commissioner Mignon Clyburn. 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 Clyburn’s tenure and accomplishments as interim FCC Chair, we could think of nobody who epitomized this standard more in 2013.
Dr. George Ford – Chief Economist, The Phoenix Center
Dr. Rich Clarke – Assistant Vice President, AT&T
Tuesday, December 3, 2013
Challenges for the Incoming FCC
Welcome Remarks and Introduction
Lawrence J. Spiwak
President, Phoenix Center for Advanced Legal & Economic Public Policy Studies
Panel Discussion: Spectrum Policy Challenges for 2014
Panel Discussion: Defining the FCC’s Role in the 21st Century
2013 Jerry B. Duvall Public Service Award Ceremony
Commissioner Mignon Clyburn – Federal Communications Commission