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TPI Aspen Forum Begins Sunday

The 2015 Technology Policy Institute Aspen Forum begins this Sunday, August 16 and runs through August 18. The signature event will once again offer thoughtful discussion on topics impacting the information and technology industries. Discussion panels, working groups and keynotes include, in addition to the above, such timely topics as global aspects of internet regulation, the expansion of universal service funds to broadband, network neutrality, intellectual property and competition policy, and a host of others. Registration is still open and can be performed on the TPI website.

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TPI Aspen Forum Panel: Congress and the FCC after Title II

Once upon a time, opinions on telecommunications policy, while divisive, did not generally split along political party lines. That has been steadily changing, as best exemplified by the FCC’s Open Internet Order. But as one analyst recently observed, “we would all be well served to engage these questions [of net neutrality and Title II reclassification] as questions of economics rather than morality plays about good and evil.” So what do the economics imply about these issues and why do policymakers draw different conclusions from economic analysis? Will Congress be satisfied to wait until the courts render their verdicts on the Order, or is there a sense that Congress no longer believes the agency reflects its general preferences and therefore will force changes? Participants in the panel “Congress and the FCC after Title II” will discuss these and other issues at the 2015 TPI Aspen Forum.

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TPI Aspen Forum Panel Universal Service: Towards Broadband, Efficiency and Equity

The Universal Service Fund, originally intended to subsidize voice communications for rural and low-income consumers, is steadily transitioning to focus on broadband. In 2011, the High-Cost Fund became the “Connect America” Fund and began to subsidize rural broadband. This year, the White House announced the “ConnectED” program, which increased funding to the Schools and Libraries E-Rate program. And the FCC is currently considering how the Lifeline program can subsidize broadband, rather than voice, connections for low-income people and whether to make subsidies available to even more rural providers.

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