The Digital Broadband Migration: Rewriting The Telecom Act

February 13-14, 2005

Co-sponsored by the Association of Denver Telecommunications Professionals, the Federal Communications Bar Association, the Colorado Bar Association Telecommunications Section, and the University of Colorado Interdisciplinary Telecommunications Program

The transformation of telecommunications from an analog, narrowband network optimized for voice to a digital, broadband network optimized for data traffic has created a myriad of challenges for businesses, policymakers, and academics alike. In enacting the Telecommunications Act of 1996, Congress instituted a regulatory model based on the traditional technology used to deliver voice telephony-and largely did not grapple with the implications of the Internet. This failure, along with the challenges of reforming the legacy model of spectrum policy and "re-missioning" the Federal Communications Commission, have led many to suggest that it is time to re-write the Telecom Act.

This conference will examine the issues left largely unaddressed by the Telecom Act: how to grapple with the advent of broadband and Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP); how to reform spectrum policy; and how (and whether) the FCC can re-adjust its institutional mission. 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
  • Phil Weiser
    Senior Advisor for Technology and Innovation
    National Economic Council
Overview Speakers
  • Vinton Cerf
    Vice President
    Chief Internet Evangelist
    Google
  • Lawrence Lessig
    Professor of Law
    Stanford University
Overview Panel
  • Vinton Cerf
    Vice President
    Chief Internet Evangelist
    Google
  • Dale Hatfield
    Spectrum Initiative Co-Director
    Senior Fellow
    Silicon Flatirons Center
    Adjunct Professor
    University of Colorado
  • Lawrence Lessig
    Professor of Law
    Stanford University
  • Phil Weiser
    Senior Advisor for Technology and Innovation
    National Economic Council
The Implications of Broadband and VoIP
  • Bill Hunt
    Vice President, Public Policy
    Level 3 Communications
  • Scott Marcus
    Senior Advisor for Internet Technology
    FCC
  • David Reed
    Executive Vice President and Chief Strategy Officer
    Cablelabs
  • Peter Rohrbach
    Partner
    Hogan & Hartson
  • Douglas Sicker
    Department Head and Professor
    Engineering and Public Policy
    Carnegie Mellon University
  • Kevin Werbach
    Associate Professor
    The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania
  • Timothy Wu
    Professor of Law
    Columbia University
Spectrum Policy
  • Gerald Faulhaber
    Professor
    Wharton School of Business
    Former Chief Economist
    FCC
  • Ellen Goodman
    Professor of Law
    Rutgers University-Camden
  • Preston Padden
    Senior Fellow
    Silicon Flatirons Center
    Adjunct Professor
    University of Colorado
  • Robert Pepper
    Senior Director
    Cisco Systems
  • Jim Speta
    Professor of Law
    Northwestern University
  • Mark Williams
    Partner
    Sherman & Howard, LLC
  • Stephen Williams
    Circuit Judge
    U.S. Court of Appeals, D.C. Circuit
Introduction of Keynote Speaker
  • Elizabeth Hoffman
    Former President
    University of Colorado
Keynote Address
  • Richard Notebaert
    Chief Executive Officer
    Qwest Communications, Inc.
Reforming the FCC and Its Mission
  • Mark Cooper
    Research Director
    Consumer Federation of America
    Senior Adjunct Fellow
    Silicon Flatirons Center
  • Norton Cutler
    Of Counsel
    Perkins Coie
  • Raymond Gifford
    Partner
    Wilkinson Barker Knauer, LLP
    Senior Adjunct Fellow
    Silicon Flatirons Center
    Former Chairman, Colorado Public Utilities Commission
  • Alfred Kahn
    Special Consultant
    National Economic Research Associates, Inc. (NERA)
    Robert Julius Thorne Professor of Political Economy, Emeritus
    Cornell University
  • Jon Nuechterlein
    General Counsel, Office of the General Counsel
    Federal Trade Commission
  • Bryan Tramont
    Managing Partner
    Wilkinson Barker Knauer, LLP
    Silicon Flatirons Senior Adjunct Fellow
  • Molly Van Houweling
    Assistant Professor
    Boalt Hall
    UC Berkeley
The Digital Broadband Migration: The View from Colorado
  • LeRoy Williams
    Secretary of Innovation and Technogy
    State of Colorado
The Digital Broadband Migration: Toward a New Telecom Act
  • Michael Powell
    President & CEO
    National Cable & Telecommunications Association (NCTA)
    Former Chairman
    Federal Communications Commission

Presenter Slides

Beyond the Layered Model
J. Scott Marcus

Critique of Layered Regulatory Model
David Reed

The TV Analog Spectrum
Preston R. Padden

The Question of Spectrum
Gerald R. Faulhaber

Breaking the Ice
Kevin Werbach