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Conference Agenda

Conference Agenda

The new leadership of the FCC will face a challenge in evaluating how to reform how the agency operates and addresses a series of policy challenges. In the wake of the recent conclusions issued by the House Energy & Commerce Committee, it is both timely and important to examine how the FCC has done its job — and to consider how the FCC can do better job in the future on issues such as managing spectrum, Net Neutrality and media ownership.

Public Knowledge and the Silicon Flatirons Center at the University of Colorado sponsored a conference on January 5, 2009 to look at the future of the FCC. Speakers included former FCC Chairmen Reed Hundt and William Kennard. Former Commissioner Nicholas Johnson, who wrote the classic book, “How to Talk Back to Your Television Set,” and former Commissioner Kathleen Abernathy will also take part.

Conference Agenda

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Welcome and Introduction

  • Gigi Sohn
    President and Co-Founder
    Public Knowledge
  • Phil Weiser
    Professor of Law
    Interdisciplinary Telecommunications Program
    University of Colorado
    Executive Director
    Silicon Flatirons Center

Panel I: The Future of the FCC as an Institution

Panelists

  • Mark Cooper
    Director of Research
    Consumer Federation of America
  • Pierre DeVries
    Silicon Flatirons Senior Adjunct Fellow
    University of Colorado
  • Mike Marcus
    Marcus Spectrum Solutions
  • Jessica Rosenworcel
    Senate Commerce Committee
  • Jonathan Sallet
    Silicon Flatirons Senior Adjunct Fellow
    University of Colorado
    Partner
    The Glover Park Group
  • Phil Weiser
    Professor of Law
    Interdisciplinary Telecommunications Program
    University of Colorado
    Executive Director
    Silicon Flatirons Center

Moderator

  • Gigi Sohn
    President and Co-Founder
    Public Knowledge

Panel II: The Past as Prologue: Lessons From History on the Road to Reform

Panelists

  • Kathleen Abernathy
    Partner
    Wilkinson Barker & Knauer
    Former FCC Commissioner
  • Kathryn C. Brown
    SVP of Policy
    Verizon
    Former Chief of Staff
    FCC
  • Kyle Dixon
    Partner
    Kamlet Shepherd and Reichert, LLP
    Former Media Bureau Deputy Chief
    FCC
  • Henry Geller
    Former Administrator
    NTIA
  • Ellen Goodman
    Professor of Law
    University of Rutgers-Camden
    Of Counsel
    Covington & Burling
  • Nick Johnson
    Professor of Law
    University of Iowa School of Law
    Former FCC Commissioner

Moderator

  • Phil Weiser
    Professor of Law
    Interdisciplinary Telecommunications Program
    University of Colorado
    Executive Director
    Silicon Flatirons Center

Keynote Discussion

  • Reed Hundt
    Senior Advisor
    McKinsey
    Former FCC Chairman
  • Bill Kennard
    Managing Director
    Carlyle Group
    Former FCC Chairman

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