On November 15, 2016, the Phoenix Center held its sixteenth Annual U.S. Telecoms Symposium to another standing-room crowd. The theme of this year’s Symposium was How Does the 2016 Election Impact Broadband Policy? and the discussions were both informative and lively.
The Symposium began with the traditional “economist panel” to discuss how best to promote broadband investment in the twenty-first century. This year’s panel was comprised of Dr. Tim Brennan, Professor of Economics – UMBC and former Chief Economist – Federal Communications Commission; Dr. John Mayo, Professor of Professor of Economics, Business and Public Policy – Georgetown University; and Dr. George Ford, Chief Economist – The Phoenix Center. We are very grateful to Dr. Jerry Duvall, Senior Advisor to the Division Chief for Economics, Telecommunications & Analysis Division – International Bureau, Federal Communications Commission for moderating this year’s panel.
Our next panel focused on the political landscape after the 2016 election. To discuss this topic, we were fortunate to have two seasoned Washington hands join us for an excellent discussion: the Honorable Rick Boucher – Former Chairman, House Energy and Commerce Committee on Communications and Technology and Rich Galen – Former press secretary to Vice President Dan Quayle and Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich.
Building on this discussion, our final panel focused on legislative priorities for the 115th Congress. Joining us for this discussion were James Assey, Executive Vice President – NCTA; Kelly Cole, Senior Vice President, Government Affairs – CTIA; Peter Davidson, Senior Vice President, Federal Government Relations – Verizon; and James Reid, Senior Vice President of Government Affairs – Telecommunications Industry Association.
As always, our Symposium ended with the presentation of the Phoenix Center’s Annual Jerry B. Duvall Public Service Award. 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.” This year, it was our privilege to bestow our Duvall Award upon Federal Trade Commissioner Maureen Ohlhausen. Given Commissioner Ohlhausen’s efforts both to promote adherence to the rule of law and regulatory humility, we could think of nobody who epitomized this standard more in 2016.
Tuesday, November 15, 2016
How Does the 2016 Election Impact Broadband Policy?
Welcome Remarks and Introduction
Lawrence J. Spiwak
President, Phoenix Center for Advanced Legal & Economic Public Policy Studies
Panel Discussion: Promoting Broadband Investment in the 21st Century
Panel Discussion: Political Landscape After the 2016 Election
Panel Discussion: Legislative Priorities for the 115th Congress
Presentation of the 2016 Jerry B. Duvall Public Service Award to FTC Commissioner Maureen Ohlhausen