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This event is cancelled due to the expected inclement weather on Feb. 13. A new date will be announced as soon as plans are finalized.

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 Feb. 13 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
9 a.m.: Welcoming Remarks: J. Bradford Jensen, Senior Policy Scholar, Georgetown Center for Business and Public Policy, McDonough School of Business, Georgetown University

9:05 a.m.: Opening Keynote: Jonathan Sallet, Acting General Counsel, FCC

9:35 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

10:10 a.m.: Closing Keynote: Hank Hultquist, Vice President, Federal Regulatory, AT&T

Follow the conversation on Twitter at #CommActUpdate

WHEN:
Thursday, February 13, 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.

Please visit http://msb.georgetown.edu to learn about any changes that could be caused by the expected inclement weather. 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.