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Phoenix Center 2017 Annual U.S. Telecoms Symposium


2017 Symposium

On December 5, 2017, the Phoenix Center held its Seventeenth Annual U.S. Telecoms Symposium to another standing-room crowd. As always, the discussions were both informative and lively.

The Symposium began with a panel entitled Is Schumpeterian ‘Creative Destruction’ Still Possible in Today’s Regulatory Environment? Joining us for this discussion were Dr. Wayne Leighton – Chief, Office of Strategic Planning and Policy Analysis, FCC; Jeff Blum – SVP and Deputy General Counsel, DISH; Adam Thierer – Senior Research Fellow, Mercatus Center; and Admiral Thad Allen (Ret.) – Senior Executive Advisor, Booz Allen and the 23rd Commandant of the United States Coast Guard.

Building on this discussion, our next panel was entitled Continuing Legal Implications of the Open Internet Debate, where we were joined by Chris Wright – Partner, Harris, Wiltshire & Grannis and former General Counsel, Federal Communications Commission; Jonathan Nuechterlein – Partner, Sidley Austin and former General Counsel, Federal Trade Commission; Angela E. Giancarlo – Partner, Mayer Brown and former Chief of Staff, FCC Commissioner Robert McDowell; and Thomas Navin – Partner, Wiley Rein and Former Chief, FCC Wireline Competition Bureau.

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; 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 National Telecommunications and Information Administration Administrator David Redl. Given Mr. Redl’s long career in public service, we could think of nobody who epitomized this standard more in 2017.


Symposium Videos

Tuesday, December 5, 2017


Welcome Remarks and Introduction
Lawrence J. Spiwak
President, Phoenix Center for Advanced Legal & Economic Public Policy Studies



Panel Discussion:  Is Schumpeterian “Creative Destruction” Still Possible in Today’s Regulatory Environment?

Panelists:

  • Dr. Wayne Leighton, Chief, Office of Strategic Planning and Policy Analysis, Federal Communications Commission
  • Jeff Blum, SVP and Deputy General Counsel, DISH
  • Admiral Thad Allen (Ret.), Senior Executive Advisor, Booz Allen and the 23rd Commandant of the United States Coast Guard
  • Adam Thierer, Senior Research Fellow, Mercatus Center

Moderator:

  • Dr. George Ford, Chief Economist – The Phoenix Center


Continuing Legal Implications of the Open Internet Debate

Panelists:

  • Chris Wright, Partner, Harris, Wiltshire & Grannis and former General Counsel, Federal Communications Commission
  • Jonathan Nuechterlein, Partner, Sidley Austin and former General Counsel, Federal Trade Commission
  • Angela E. Giancarlo, Partner, Mayer Brown and former Chief of Staff, FCC Commissioner Robert McDowell
  • Thomas Navin, Partner, Wiley Rein and Former Chief, FCC Wireline Competition Bureau

Moderator:

  • Lawrence J. Spiwak, President – The Phoenix Center


Presentation of the 2017 Jerry B. Duvall Public Service Award to NTIA Administrator David Redl


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