Upcoming Programming

July 17th, 2014

A Regulator’s Dilemma: Policy in an Age of Disruption

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Georgetown School of Continuing Studies, 640 Massachusetts Ave., N.W., Washington, DC
10:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.

The broadband Information Revolution continues to accelerate, to the benefit of consumers and the consternation of regulators trying to keep up.   Rapid technological advancements have set the stage for disruptive innovation across a growing range of industries. Businesses of all sizes are being bombarded with the threats and opportunities of rapid innovation and consumers that have growing influence across product life-cycles.  The pace of “big bang disruption” has created tension between legal institutions tasked with overseeing the companies at the heart of the Broadband Information Revolution and policy prescriptions developed for an industrial society.

Please join the Georgetown Center for Business and Public Policy’s Project on the Evolution of Regulation and Innovation for a timely discussion about what framework is needed for regulators to respond in a productive manner.   With the Federal Communications Commission and Federal Trade Commission facing a host of issues related to disruptive innovation, the Georgetown Center is convening an all-star line-up of perspectives from across the broadband value chain to discuss the appropriate framework the agencies should apply to inform the policy debate, and assess what impact decisions made in Washington, DC may have on investment throughout the broadband ecosystem, including infrastructure providers and enterprises developing new product and service applications.

Breakfast will be served prior to the event.


Keynote remarks by Tim Brennan, Chief Economist, FCC

Followed by a panel discussion:

  • Larry Downes, Project Director and Senior Industry and Innovation Fellow, Georgetown Center for Business and Public Policy
  • Shane Tews, Visiting Fellow, American Enterprise Institute Center for Internet Communications, and Technology Policy
  • Jim Kohlenberger, President, JK Strategies and Former Chief of Staff, White House Office of Science and Technology Policy
  • Michael Rollins, Managing Director, Telecom Services, North America, Citi Research
  • Moderated by: Carolyn Brandon, Senior Industry and Innovation Fellow, Georgetown Center for Business and Public Policy