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Dish Network’s Dodge, TPI’s Crandall to Open Aspen Forum

R. Stanton Dodge, Executive Vice President and General Counsel of Colorado-based Dish Network will offer welcoming remarks at the Sunday evening opening reception of this year’s TPI Aspen Forum. The conference is scheduled for August 18 – 20 in Aspen, Colorado. Robert W. Crandall, TPI Adjunct Senior Fellow and Nonresident Senior Fellow at Brookings Institution, is scheduled to open the Monday morning session of the conference. Crandall, one of the nation’s most prominent industrial organization and telecommunications economists, will discuss the future of broadband policy and how to avoid repeating past mistakes. Specifically, he will discuss how policy should be informed by the results of past interventions as well as by an accurate assessment of current market conditions.

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Aspen Panel: The FCC’s Incentive Auctions – How Can They Succeed?

The upcoming FCC incentive auctions, which aim to facilitate market-based transfer of spectrum from broadcast TV to broader wireless uses, may be the most complex the Commission has ever conducted. Many questions remain regarding how the auction should be structured and carried out. For example, within the constraints imposed by Congress, should the auctions maximize revenues, new spectrum available, or something else? What band plan will best contribute to a successful auction and thriving post-auction wireless ecosystem? What are the implications of potential participation restrictions imposed on certain wireless providers? How can the auction ensure robust participation by broadcasters?

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Aspen Panel: Deconstructing Creative Destruction

Creative destruction occurs when new companies or business models replace existing ones, transforming existing industries or creating entirely new ones. This phenomenon is especially pronounced in the tech industry, where such disruptions can dramatically and quickly change the competitive landscape. The panel “Deconstructing Creative Destruction” at this year’s TPI Aspen Forum will feature start-up founders, market analysts and academics who will attempt to unpack the black box of disruptive innovation by exploring how entrepreneurs take on established industries and the obstacles standing in their way.

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Aspen Panel: Competition, Regulation and the Evolution of Internet Business Models

As the internet becomes an increasingly integral part of our lives for work and entertainment, there is increased focus on the economics of the internet ecosystem. Are markets for broadband and applications sufficiently competitive? Are they delivering what consumers and businesses want and need? Most importantly, is government providing a framework that encourages investment and innovation? The panel “Competition, Regulation and the Evolution of Internet Business Models” at the TPI Aspen Forum will feature speakers from broadband providers, government and academia to discuss such topics as: the economics of broadband platforms, business models and pricing plans, investment in infrastructure and applications, and the need to update public policies accordingly.

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Register Now for the TPI Aspen Forum, August 19-21

The Technology Policy Institute’s 2012 Aspen Forum is set to convene in just over a week, on Sunday August 19th and concluding Tuesday, August 21st. Keynote speakers at the 2012 Aspen Forum include Philip Falcone, Chief Executive Officer of Harbinger Capital Partners; Erik Brynjolfsson from MIT; The Wall Street Journal’s Gordon Crovitz; Google’s General Counsel, Kent Walker; Jon Summers, Senior Vice President, Applications and Service Infrastructure for AT&T; and author Andrew Keen. Just added to the agenda is Tim Westergren, Chief Strategy Officer and Founder of Pandora.

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Aspen Forum Panel: Antitrust and Internet Competition

As the Internet has grown, antitrust enforcement in the internet sector has become a priority in both the United States and Europe. In order to best serve consumers’ interests, antitrust policy in this dynamic sector needs to be based on an accurate understanding of how the competitive process works. Participants in the panel “Internet Competition: Implications for Antitrust” at the Technology Policy Institute’s 2012 Aspen Forum will discuss this issue generally and assess the record of antitrust enforcement against high tech and internet-based companies. Online registration for the Aspen Forum can be performed on the TPI website.

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