The Digital Broadband Migration: Toward a Regulatory Regime

February 8-9, 2004

The transformation of telecommunications from an analog, narrowband network optimized for voice to a digital, broadband network optimized for data traffic has created a slew of challenges for businesses, policymakers, and academics alike. In the fall of 2000, as he prepared to take the helm at the Federal Communications Commission, Michael Powell analogized this transition to one of people having to "migrate" across continents. Like the migrations taken by ancient peoples, the transition to a digital, broadband environment is painful and will not happen overnight. Consequently, as increasing numbers of users are adopting digital products and services that are networked through broadband connections, it is now an opportune time to evaluate the issues that policymakers, academics, and businesses will confront over the course of this transition.

This conference will examine three central areas of regulatory policy associated with the Internet age: broadband policy, digital rights management, and privacy and security policy. Our principal speakers will be Chairman Powell, who has spearheaded a set of regulatory responses to these issues and Craig Mundie, the Chief Technology Officer for Microsoft, the most powerful and successful computer company. With a thoughtful array of leaders from academic, industry, and governmental circles, we believe that this conference will continue the Silicon Flatirons' tradition of encouraging "bolder thinking" in Boulder. Like its predecessors, the proceedings from this conference will be published in the Journal on Telecommunications and High Technology Law.

Welcome
  • David Getches
    Dean
    University of Colorado
    School of Law
  • Tom Lookabaugh
    Executive Vice President, R&D
    CableLabs
  • Phil Weiser
    Senior Advisor for Technology and Innovation
    National Economic Council
Overview Speakers
  • Raymond Gifford
    Partner
    Wilkinson Barker Knauer, LLP
    Senior Adjunct Fellow
    Silicon Flatirons Center
    Former Chairman, Colorado Public Utilities Commission
  • Phil Weiser
    Senior Advisor for Technology and Innovation
    National Economic Council
Overview Panel
  • Terry Bienstock
  • Raymond Gifford
    Partner
    Wilkinson Barker Knauer, LLP
    Senior Adjunct Fellow
    Silicon Flatirons Center
    Former Chairman, Colorado Public Utilities Commission
  • Dale Hatfield
    Spectrum Initiative Co-Director
    Senior Fellow
    Silicon Flatirons Center
    Adjunct Professor
    University of Colorado
  • Jon Nuechterlein
    General Counsel
    Federal Trade Commission
  • Phil Weiser
    Senior Advisor for Technology and Innovation
    National Economic Council
  • Stephen Williams
    Circuit Judge
    U.S. Court of Appeals, D.C. Circuit
Broadband Policy Panel
  • Bob Connelly
    Deputy General Counsel
    Qwest Communications
  • Mark Cooper
    Research Director
    Consumer Federation of America
    Senior Adjunct Fellow
    Silicon Flatirons Center
  • Peter Rohrbach
    Partner
    Hogan & Hartson
  • Howard Shelanski
    Administrator, Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs
    Office of Management and Budget
  • Simon Wilkie
    Professor of Economics
    USC
  • Timothy Wu
    Professor of Law
    Columbia University
  • Christopher Yoo
    Professor of Law and Communication
    Founding Director of the Center for Technology, Innovation, and Competition
    University of Pennsylvania
The Digital Broadband Migration: Introduction of Keynote Speaker
  • LeRoy Williams
    Secretary of Innovation and Technogy
    State of Colorado
The Digital Broadband Migration: The View From the FCC
  • Michael Powell
    President & CEO
    National Cable & Telecommunications Association (NCTA)
    Former Chairman
    Federal Communications Commission
Digital Rights Management Panel
  • John Black
    Assistant Professor of Computer Science
    University of Colorado
  • Richard Green
    Senior Adjunct Fellow
    Silicon Flatirons Center
    Former President and Chief Executive Officer
    CableLabs
  • Natalie Hanlon-Leh
    Partner
    Faegre Baker Daniels
  • Mark Lemley
    William H. Neukom Professor of Law
    Stanford University
  • Keith Maskus
    Professor, Department of Economics
    Associate Dean for Social Sciences
    University of Colorado
  • Douglas Melamed
    Partner
    Wilmerhale
    Former Acting Assistant Attorney General
    Antitrust Division
    U.S. Department of Justice
  • Preston Padden
    Senior Fellow
    Silicon Flatirons Center
    Adjunct Professor
    University of Colorado
Privacy & Security Policy Panel
  • Michael Katz
    Professor of Economics and Business
    New York University
    Former FCC Chief Economist
  • Scott Marcus
    Senior Advisor for Internet Technology
    FCC
  • Paul Schwartz
    Partner
    Litigation Department
    Cooley Godward
  • Peter Swire
    Co-Chair
    W3C Tracking Protection Working Group
    Professor of Law
    Ohio State University
  • Kathleen Wallman
    CEO
    Wallman Strategic Consulting
  • Alexander Wolf
Closing Address
  • Craig Mundie
    CTO
    Microsoft