Aspen Breakout Sessions Address Key Policy Issues

Aspen Breakout Sessions Address Key Policy Issues

Topics: Net Neutrality, Innovation and IP, and Spectrum Sharing

Contact: Amy Smorodin
(202) 828-4405

August 6, 2014 – The Technology Policy Institute has confirmed presenters for the 2014 Aspen Forum breakout sessions. The three informal, off-the-record breakout sessions will cover the pertinent topics of net neutrality, innovation and patents, and spectrum sharing. The Aspen Forum is scheduled for August 17 – 19 and registration can still be performed online.

The session, “The New Net Neutrality Order: Public Utility Regulation in Disguise?” will be moderated by Raymond Gifford, Partner at Wilkinson Barker Knauer, LLP. Participants will discuss the latest iteration of the network neutrality debate, including the recent FCC Open Internet Notice of Proposed Rulemaking. Participants include:

James Assey, Executive Vice President, National Cable & Telecommunications Association

Michael Beckerman, President and Chief Executive Officer, Internet Association

Shawn Chang, Chief Counsel, Subcommittee on Communications and Technology, U.S. House Committee on Energy and Commerce

Robert Crandall, Adjunct Senior Fellow, Technology Policy Institute and Nonresident Senior Fellow, Economic Studies Program, The Brookings Institution

Roger Noll, Professor of Economics, Emeritus, and Co-Director, Program on Regulatory Policy, Stanford Institute for Economic Policy Research, Stanford University

David Redl, Chief Counsel, Subcommittee on Communications and Technology, House Commerce Committee

Innovation and the Intersection of Antitrust and IP” will be moderated by Technology Policy Institute President and Senior Fellow Thomas Lenard. Participants will discuss the relationship between competition policy and intellectual property, the effect of the patent system on innovation in patent intensive industries, the debate about “patent trolls” and current reform legislation. Speakers include:

Stephen Haber, A.A. and Jeanne Welch Milligan Professor, School of Humanities and Sciences and Peter and Helen Bing Senior Fellow, Hoover Institution, Stanford University

Hon. F. Scott Kieff, Commissioner, U.S. International Trade Commission

Douglas Melamed, Senior Vice President and General Counsel, Intel

Hon. Maureen Ohlhausen, Commissioner, Federal Trade Commission

Matthew Sandgren, Senior Counsel to Senator Orrin G. Hatch, U.S. Senate Committee on the Judiciary

Carl Shapiro, Transamerica Professor of Business Strategy, Haas School of Business, University of California, Berkeley

Scott Wallsten, Vice President for Research and Senior Fellow at the Technology Policy Institute will moderate the session, “Spectrum Sharing: How Much Can it Contribute?” Topics to be discussed include spectrum sharing issues currently on the FCC docket and how views regarding spectrum sharing have changed in the past few years. Confirmed presenters are:

Coleman Bazelon, Principal, The Brattle Group

Stacey Black, Assistant Vice President, Federal Regulatory Affairs, AT&T

Jeffrey Carlisle, Executive Vice President, Regulatory Affairs and Public Policy, LightSquared

Pierre de Vries, Senior Fellow and Co-Director of the Spectrum Policy Initiative, Silicon Flatirons Center, University of Colorado, Boulder

Harold Feld, Senior Vice President, Public Knowledge

Kathleen Ham, Vice President, Federal Regulatory, T-Mobile, USA

John Leibovitz, Deputy Chief, Wireless Telecommunications Bureau and Special Advisor to the Chairman for Spectrum Policy, Federal Communications Commission

David Quinalty, Policy Director for Communications and Technology, U.S. Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation

Timothy Robinson, Senior Policy Counsel & Legislative Director, Office of Congressman Bobby L. Rush

Greg Rosston, Deputy Director, Stanford Institute for Economic Policy Research and Co-Director, Public Policy Program, Stanford University

Click here for the most recent Aspen Forum agenda.

Registration for the Aspen Forum can be performed on the TPI website. For additional information, please contact Jane Creel at [email protected]. Members of the press can contact Amy Smorodin at [email protected].

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