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March 10, 2014
The Center for Business and Public Policy at Georgetown University’s McDonough School of Business will host the event “The Evolution of Communications Policy: Fresh Thinking for 2014 and Beyond” on March 12 at the National Press Club.

Join us for a discussion with regulators, consumer advocates, businesspeople, and academics that explores the end of the analog era and the search for a modernized approach to telecommunications policy in the 21st century.

Today’s communications policy was forged by the Communications Act of 1934. Decades of technological advances have rendered this ancient regulatory structure obsolete, but as we usher in an era defined by increased digital connectivity, policy tools have barely changed since the passage of the Telecommunications Act of 1996. In the 18 years since, the digital economy has grown at a dizzying pace. Now Congress is launching a new effort to overhaul the laws regulating the country’s telephone and Internet infrastructures.

AGENDA

8:30 a.m.: Registration and breakfast begins

9 a.m.: Welcoming Remarks: J. Bradford Jensen, Senior Policy Scholar, Georgetown Center for Business and Public Policy, McDonough School of Business, Georgetown University

9:10 a.m.: Opening Keynote: Jonathan Sallet, Acting General Counsel, FCC

10 a.m.: Panel Discussion with:

  • Gerald Faulhaber, Professor Emeritus, Business Economics and Public Policy, The Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania
  • Larry Downes, Industry Analyst and Author
  • John Mayo, Executive Director, Georgetown Center for Business and Public Policy, McDonough School of Business, Georgetown University
  • Moderator: Carolyn Brandon, Senior Industry and Innovation Fellow, Georgetown Center for Business and Public Policy, McDonough School of Business, Georgetown University

Follow the conversation on Twitter at #CommActUpdate

WHEN:
Wednesday, March 12, 2014
9-11 a.m.
Breakfast will be served.

WHERE:
National Press Club
Washington, DC 20515

RSVP:
Media who are interested in covering the event should contact Teresa Mannix, assistant dean for communications, at (202) 687-4080 or tmm53@georgetown.edu.

Those interested in the event also may watch the webcast at http://cbpp.georgetown.edu/upcoming-programming.

About the Georgetown Center for Business and Public Policy
The Georgetown Center for Business and Public Policy is an academic, nonpartisan research center whose mission is to engage scholars, business people and policymakers in relevant inquiries and dialogue to impact key business, economic, and public policy issues confronting American and international businesses today. Housed at Georgetown University’s McDonough School of Business, the Georgetown Center was created in 2002 to encourage thoughtful discussion and to document and disseminate knowledge on a range of issues in the public interest. Learn more at http://cbpp.georgetown.edu.