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Building the Broadband Economy and Society: A Forum

Ubiquitous deployment of high speed broadband services promises a host of economic and social benefits. At this forum, leading national experts will discuss not only how new “killer apps” in these areas can spur further broadband adoption, but how further broadband progress can spur economic growth, better and cheaper health care, and citizen empowerment and stronger engagement in civic life. However, realizing these benefits will require continued deployment and adoption of high-speed broadband and the right public policies to support that. The forum will begin by examining a key foundational question in the debate over broadband policy: is the state of broadband markets competitive enough to ensure that broadband fulfills its promise? Two leading broadband economists will present new research papers examining this issue. Finally, as we approach the 2008 Presidential election, national broadband policy is sure to play a role not only in the campaigns of candidates but in the governance of the next administration. A leading member of Congress will discuss the importance of broadband policy for the next administration.

Please join the Information Technology and Innovation Foundation and a distinguished panel of experts for a discussion of the current state of broadband competition, how public policy can spur cutting-edge, “killer apps,” and the kind of policies needed to enable America to full advantage of the new broadband world.

Date: Friday, October 19, 2007
Time: 9:00 AM to 1:30 PM, continental breakfast will be available at 8:30 AM
Place: *Thornton Room (11th Floor), Hyatt Regency Washington,
400 New Jersey Avenue, NW, Washington, D.C.*

Conference Papers

The Role of Competition in a National Broadband Policy
Robert Atkinson

The Reality of Competition in the Broadband Market
Everett M. Ehrlich

What Happened to the Third Wave Netizen?
Mark Lloyd

The Effects of Broadband Deployment on Output and Employment: A Cross-sectional Analysis of U.S. Data
Robert Crandall, William Lehr and Robert Litan

Conference Presentations

Measuring the Economic Impact of Broadband
William Lehr

Building the Broadband Economy and Society
John Mayo


Robert Atkinson (bio)
President, ITIF

Ev Ehrlich
Former Clinton Administration Undersecretary of Commerce

John Mayo (bio)
Professor of Economics, Business and Public Policy, McDonough School of Business Georgetown University

Steve Weber (bio)
Professor of Political Science, U.C. Berkeley and Director of the Institute for International Studies, and Associate with the Berkeley Roundtable on the International Economy (BRIE) and the International Computer Science Institute

Mark Lloyd (bio)
Senior Fellow at the Center for American Progress and an affiliated professor at the Georgetown University Public Policy Institute

William Lehr (bio)
Research Associate in the Center for Technology Policy and Industrial Development at MIT


9:00 AM:Welcome and Introduction
Rob Atkinson
9:10 AM: Panel I: Are Broadband Markets Competitive Enough?
Moderator: Steve Weber
Ev Ehrlich, “The Reality of Competition in the Broadband Market: Implications for Policy”
Rob Atkinson, “The Role of Competition in a National Broadband Policy”
Respondent: John Mayo
10:50 AM:Panel II: Accelerating the Development of Broadband-Enabled Killer Applications and Services
Moderator: Rob Atkinson
Steve Weber, “Broadband-Enabled Health Care Applications and Services”
Mark Lloyd, “Broadband, Civic Participation and Closing the Digital Divide”
William Lehr, “The Effects of Broadband Deployment on Output and Employment”
12:00 PM:Lunch
12:15 PM:Lunch Discussion: Framing Broadband Policy for the 2008 Election
Moderator: Rob Atkinson
Ev Ehrlich
Steve Weber
Mark Lloyd
1:30 PM:Adjourn

Conference Video

Video Links:

Panel I: Are Broadband Markets Competitive Enough?

Panel II: Accelerating the Development of Broadband-Enabled Killer Applications and Services

Lunch Discussion: Framing Broadband Policy for the 2008 Election

Related Links

"C-SPAN’s The Communicators: Broadband Internet Access"
July 7, 2007
ITIF President Robert Atkinson and Scott Wallsten of Progress and Freedom Foundation discuss broadband on C-SPAN’s new show, The Communicators. Click the link for streaming video (RealPlayer). Download Realplayer.

"ITIF Debate: Is the United States Falling Behind in Broadband?"
June 15, 2007
See video, presentation slides, and other details from recent ITIF Debate.

"Broadband Blues"
June 4, 2007
Rob Atkinson’s Huffington Post blog entry outlining the need for proactive broadband policies to address America’s lagging broadband.

"Assessing Broadband in America: OECD and ITIF Broadband Rankings"
April 24, 2007
An examination of international broadband rankings, including the ITIF Broadband Rankings, which measure penetration, price and speed. The report also outlines several steps policymakers should take to reach the goal of high-speed ubiquitous broadband.