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Monday, January 23 • 3:30pm - 4:30pm
Rethinking The Future of Communications Policy

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Expectations are that the incoming Trump Administration and Congress will work together to realign regulatory authority in the area of communications policy. After this realignment the communications policy roles for the FCC, the FTC, counties, cities, and states may be quite different from recent memory. Yet, what new policies will come into play? Are agencies such as the FTC and State Attorneys General in a good position to ensure robust consumer protections? How will the FCC and the Administration continue to focus on broadband and 5G deployment — providing needed benefits for the economy, for consumers (rural and urban alike), and for the tech industry. Are there bright spots for new technologies and edge providers? How will expected deregulatory efforts impact different sectors of the Internet ecosystem? Our panel will look at what those changes may look like and what they mean for federal communications policy more generally.

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Lydia Beyoud

Telecommunications Reporter, Bloomberg BNA
Lydia Beyoud is a telecommunications reporter for Bloomberg BNA. She reports on telecommunications issues before the Federal Communications Commission and Congress, including net neutrality, corporate mergers, broadband Internet deployment and broadcast media.  | | Lydia graduated with a master’s degree in broadcast journalism from the American University School of Communication in Washington, D.C. She holds a bachelor’s... Read More →

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Larry Downes

Project Director, Georgetown University Center for Business and Public Policy
Larry Downes is an Internet industry analyst and speaker on developing business strategies in an age of constant technological disruption. Downes is author of the New York Times and Business Week business blockbuster, "Unleashing the Killer App: Digital Strategies for Market Dominance" (Harvard Business School Press, 1998), which has sold nearly 200,000 copies and was named by the Wall Street Journal as one of the... Read More →
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Markham Erickson

Partner, Steptoe & Johnson LLP
Markham Erickson represents clients on all aspects of telecommunications, media, and Internet law.  He regularly represents clients in regulatory complaints, investigations, rulemakings, and proposed mergers before the Federal Communication Commission and the Department of Justice.  He also represents clients before the United States Copyright Office and the Patent and Trademark Office.  He has challenged and defended... Read More →
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Dr. Mark Jamison

Senior Lecturer and Director, Public Utility Research Center, University of Florida
Dr. Mark Jamison is the director and Gunter Professor of the Public Utility Research Center (PURC) at the University of Florida and also serves as its director of Telecommunications Studies. He provides international training and research on business and government policy, focusing primarily on utilities and network industries. He directs the PURC/World Bank International Training Program on Utility Regulation and Strategy. Dr. Jamison’s... Read More →
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Gigi Sohn

Leadership in Government Fellow, Open Society Foundations
Ms. Sohn is currently the Leadership in Government Fellow at the Open Society Foundations. From 2015 to 2016 she served as Counselor to the Chairman at the FCC. Ms. Sohn served from 2001-2013 as the President and CEO of Public Knowledge and, from 2011-2013 as the Co-Chair of the board of directors of the Broadband Internet Technical Advisory Group (BITAG). She has served on the board of the Telecommunications Policy Research Conference (TPRC) and... Read More →

Monday January 23, 2017 3:30pm - 4:30pm
The Newseum 555 Pennsylvania Ave. NW, Washington, D.C.

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