Call for Participation: Regulating the Evolving Broadband Ecosystem

Conference Announcement – Call for Participation


A by-invitation workshop organized by the American Enterprise Institute’s Center for Internet, Communications, and Technology Policy and the University of Nebraska College of Law, and cosponsored by the Federal Communications Commission

September 10–12, 2014
Federal Communications Commission
445 12th St. SW, Washington, DC

Over the past 20 years, the communications ecosystem has rapidly converged toward general purpose and interoperable digital networks. More recently this convergence has facilitated competition from both traditional and new firms using both facilities-based and over-the-top platforms. This ongoing evolution of the broadband ecosystem is changing both the shape of the industry and how we think about regulating it.

On September 10–12, the American Enterprise Institute’s Center for Internet, Communications, and Technology Policy and the University of Nebraska College of Law, in collaboration with the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), will be hosting a three-day conference to discuss these issues. The conference is intended to highlight the latest academic thinking on broadband regulation and to give FCC staff the opportunity to interact with leading scholars. The conference will feature presentations of 10 academic papers, commentary from policy experts and regulators, and plenary sessions.

This call for participation asks for interested parties to submit abstracts for papers related to the following topics, as well as expressions of interest from or nominations for possible commentators:

  • Has the FCC’s “light touch” approach to Internet regulation been a success? What lessons can we learn from the past 20 years?
  • What does the future hold in terms of changing uses and architectures? What are the implications for regulatory policy?
  • How will changes in content and Internet consumption habits impact the Internet? What are the implications for policy? 
  • How are communications technologies and infrastructures likely to evolve over the coming decade? For example, what are the prospects for and implications of “5G” and millimeter wave wireless?
  • How do we approach the emergence of the Internet of Things? What policy, safety, and privacy issues need to be addressed?
  • Do evolving economic theories of innovation provide useful insights that can guide regulatory policy? If so, how? 
  • How does administrative procedure affect the substance of communications law and regulation?
  • How should economic theories of dynamic competition be incorporated in regulatory policy? 
  • How should regulators approach changing technologies?
  • What are the implications of over-the-top for the structure of telecommunications regulation?
  • How is the breakdown of the traditional communications silos affecting telecom regulation today? How is it likely to continue affecting regulation in the future?

All disciplines are welcome to submit. For papers, please submit abstracts up to 500 words, together with author biographies, to Guro Ekrann at [email protected] by June 25, 2014. For possible commentators, please submit biographies or CVs. Authors of accepted papers will be notified by July 15, and papers may be published in a conference compendium.

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