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An Economic Summit: America's Digital Infrastructure 2017 and Beyond

Wednesday, September 28, 2016 -
8:30am to 1:00pm
Georgetown's metro-accessible downtown location at 640 Massachusetts Avenue NW, Washington, DC 20001


As the nation faces a political transition, the time is ripe to highlight and examine the underlying economics of policies that will ensure America’s leadership in the deployment and adoption of cutting-edge digital infrastructure. This Economic Summit will assemble leading economists from across the country to: (1) consider the principal economic policy challenges influencing the ongoing deployment of broadband technologies; (2) discuss current economic policy developments that impact investment in and deployment of digital infrastructures; and (3) offer recommendations for next-administration economic policies.

  • 8:30am: Breakfast and Registration
  • 9:00am: Welcome & Introduction
    Jeffrey Macher (Georgetown)
  • 9:15am: Keynote Address - Howard Shelanski (video)
    Administrator of the Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs, U.S. Office of Management and Budget
  • 10:00am: Panel: Economic Policy Priorities for Digital Infrastructure in 2017 and Beyond (video)
    Moderator: Katja Seim (FCC)
    Panelists: Gerald Faulhaber (U Penn), Shane Greenstein (HBS), John W. Mayo (Georgetown), Daniel Rubinfeld (Berkeley & NYU)
  • 10:45am: Break
  • 11:00am: Panel: Economic Lessons for Policy from 2016: The Case of Business Data Services (video)
    Moderator: Larry Downes (Georgetown CBPP)
    Panelists: George Ford (Phoenix Center), James Prieger (Pepperdine), Marius Schwartz (Georgetown)
  • 11:45am: Panel: Specific Economic Policy Proposals for the Next Administration (video)
    Moderator: John McKinnon (WSJ)
    Panelists: Timothy J. Brennan (U Maryland - BC), Mark Jamison (U Florida), William Lehr (MIT), Michael Mandel (Progressive Policy Institute), Olga Ukhaneva (Georgetown CBPP), Scott Wallsten (Technology Policy Institute)
  • 12:45pm: Closing Remarks
    John W. Mayo (Georgetown)