On December 2, 2014, the Phoenix Center held its fourteenth Annual U.S. Telecoms Symposium to another standing-room crowd. The theme of this year’s Symposium was “Competition-Competition-Competition” or “Regulation-Regulation-Regulation”? 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. Dorothy Robyn, former Commissioner of the Public Buildings Service (PBS) - U.S. General Services Administration and author of “Buildings and Bandwidth: Lessons for Spectrum Policy from Federal Property Management"; Dr. Tim Brennan, Chief Economist - Federal Communications Commission; and Dr. George Ford – Chief Economist, The Phoenix Center. 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 “Hot Issues in Communications Law” and our panelists included Chris Wright, Partner - Harris, Wiltshire & Grannis LLP and former General Counsel - Federal Communications Commission; Bryan Tramont, Managing Partner - Wilkinson Barker Knauer, LLP and former Chief of Staff - Federal Communications Commission; Angela Giancarlo, Partner - Mayer Brown and former Chief of Staff - Commissioner Rob McDowell; and Sam Feder, Partner - Jenner & Block and Former General Counsel - Federal Communications Commission.
Our final panel was entitled “Policy Priorities for 2015” and we were joined by Nuala O’Connor, President - Center for Democracy and Technology; Senator John Sununu, Honorary Co-Chair - Broadband for America; Hon. Michael Powell, President and CEO - National Cable & Telecommunications Association and Former Chairman, Federal Communications Commission; and Congressman Rick Boucher, Honorary Co-Chair - Internet Innovation Alliance.
The Symposium ended with the presentation of the Phoenix Center’s Annual Jerry B. Duvall Public Service Award to Senator Deb Fischer (R-Nebraska). 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 Senator Fischer’s recent efforts to bring a tech policy “reboot”, we could think of nobody who epitomized this standard more in 2014.
Lawrence J. Spiwak – Welcome and Overview
Dr. George Ford – Tariffing the Internet
Tuesday, December 2, 2014
“Competition-Competition-Competition” or “Regulation-Regulation-Regulation”?
Welcome Remarks and Introduction
Lawrence J. Spiwak
President, Phoenix Center for Advanced Legal & Economic Public Policy Studies
Panel Discussion: Hot Issues in Communications Law
Panel Discussion: Policy Priorities for 2015
2014 Jerry B. Duvall Public Service Award Ceremony
Senator Deb Fischer (R-Nebraska)