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An FCC for the Internet Age: Reform and Standard-Setting A Conference Hosted by ITIF, Silicon Flatirons and Public Knowledge

Last year, Silicon Flatirons co-hosted events, respectively, with Public Knowledge on FCC reform, and ITIF on innovation economics and new models of governance. This conference is a follow-up and confluence of those two topics: Where do we stand on efforts at FCC reform? And how do new models of governance and standard-setting fit into that reform effort?

Date: Friday, March 5, 2010
Time: 8:30am- 12:30pm
Location: Washington Court Hotel
525 New Jersey Avenue, NW, Washington DC

8:30 AM – 8:45 AM Welcome

8:45 AM – 9:15 AM Overview Presentation: The Possibility of FCC Reform

Dale Hatfield
Silicon Flatirons Senior Adjunct Fellow, University of Colorado

9:15 AM – 10:15 AM The Present and Future of FCC Reform

The preamble from the website summarizes the conclusions from the January 2009 conference: “The consensus was clear — the FCC has serious procedural, organizational, and cultural problems that must be addressed by the agency’s incoming leaders as soon as practicable.” While the current FCC leadership is being asked to perform many tasks, the consensus about reform is foundational to the credibility of any actions the agency might take. Accordingly, it is not too early to assess whether and how the new FCC is addressing those procedural, organizational and cultural issues and if the FCC has made progress on reform.


Gigi Sohn
President and Co-founder, Public Knowledge


Mark Cooper
Director of Research, Consumer Federation of America

Susan Crawford
Professor of Law, University of Michigan

Nick Johnson
Professor of Law, University of Iowa

Mary Beth Richards
Federal Communications Commission

Austin Schlick
Federal Communications Commission

Jessica Rosenworcel (invited)
Senate Commerce Committee

10:15 AM – 10:30 AM Networking Break

10:30 AM – 11:00 AM Overview Presentation: Standard-setting and Co-Regulation

11:00 AM – 12:30 PM Regulatory Reforms: Standard-Setting and Mediating Institutions

Even within the context of broadband, the scope and general purposes of standard-setting efforts can vary dramatically. This panel would explore, at a high level, the purpose and guiding principles of standard-setting for broadband, as well as the specific topics standard-setting might be well-suited to address.


Rob Atkinson
President, The Information Technology and Innovation Foundation


Kathryn C. Brown
Silicon Flatirons Senior Adjunct Fellow, University of Colorado

Paul de Sa (invited)
Federal Communications Commission

Kathy Wallman (invited)
Wallman Consulting, LLC

Rick Whitt
Washington Telecom and Media Counsel, Google

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