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Georgetown Center for Business and Public Policy to Present “The Impact of Broadband Competition on Consumer Welfare, Innovation, and Productivity in the United States: A Policy Forum” on Capitol Hill, May 9

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: May 5, 2017

DISCUSSION: IMPACT OF BROADBAND COMPETITION

Georgetown Center for Business and Public Policy to Present “The Impact of Broadband Competition on Consumer Welfare, Innovation, and Productivity in the United States: A Policy Forum” on Capitol Hill, May 9

WHAT: The Center for Business and Public Policy at Georgetown University’s McDonough School of Business will host “The Impact of Broadband Competition on Consumer Welfare, Innovation, and Productivity in the United States: A Policy Forum” on Tuesday, May 9, at the Rayburn Building as part of its Georgetown on the Hill series.

Research is revealing ways that high-speed broadband networks fuel innovation, economic growth, and job creation. However, experts diverge on the degree to which competition among market leaders in the internet economy is responsible for driving construction of these high-speed broadband networks and whether private investment or government intervention is needed to accelerate deployment of more fiber and 5G. Greater understanding of whether and how competition drives investment in broadband infrastructure is critical if the administration wants to see more private investment flow into broadband networks.  

Experts will discuss the nature of competition in the internet economy and the impact on consumers, innovation, job creation, and GDP growth. Also, they will explore new ways that federal regulators might leverage the regulatory framework to entice private investment in digital infrastructure.

Discussants include:

  • Michelle P. Connolly, professor of the practice of economics, Duke University
  • Larry Downes, project director and senior industry and innovation fellow, Georgetown Center for Business and Public Policy
  • Michael Mandel, chief economic strategist, Progressive Policy Institute
  • John W. Mayo, professor of economics, business, and public policy, Georgetown University McDonough School of Business and executive director, Georgetown Center for Business and Public Policy

The Georgetown on the Hill series brings the work of the Georgetown Center for Business and Public Policy to Capitol Hill to foster collaboration and dialog among academics, industry experts, and policymakers.

WHEN:         

Tuesday, May 9, 2017

Noon to 1:30 p.m.

Lunch will be served.

WHERE:

Rayburn House Office Building

Room 2045

45 Independence Ave. SW

Washington, DC 20515         

RSVP

Those interested in attending the event should register online at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/georgetown-on-the-hill-the-impact-of-broadband-competition-on-consumer-welfare-innovation-and-tickets-33895721014.

Media who are interested in covering the event should contact Molly Fleenor, assistant director of communications, at (202) 687-5254 or Molly.Fleenor@georgetown.edu.

Follow the conversation on Twitter @GeorgetownCBPP with the hashtag #GeorgetownOnTheHill.

About the Georgetown Center for Business and Public Policy
The Georgetown Center for Business and Public Policy is an academic research center whose mission is to engage scholars, industry experts, and policymakers in relevant inquiries and dialogue to inform issues at the nexus of business and public policy. Established in 2002 at Georgetown University's McDonough School of Business, the center conducts empirical economic analysis, disseminates information and issue analysis, and encourages thoughtful discussion on a range of issues, including pending legislation and proposed regulatory change. Learn more at http://cbpp.georgetown.edu. Follow us on Twitter: @GeorgetownCBPP

About Georgetown University’s McDonough School of Business
Georgetown University’s McDonough School of Business, the premier destination for global business education, provides a transformational education through classroom and experiential learning, preparing students to graduate as principled leaders in service to business and society. Through numerous centers, initiatives, and partnerships, Georgetown McDonough seeks to create a meaningful impact on business practice through both research and teaching. All academic programs prepare students to be “global ready” by providing a global perspective, woven through the undergraduate and graduate curriculum in a way that is unique to Washington, D.C. – the nexus of world business and policy – and to Georgetown University’s connections to global partner organizations and a world-wide alumni network. Founded in 1957, Georgetown McDonough is home to some 1,400 undergraduates, 1,000 MBA students, and 1,200 participants in executive degree or custom programs. Learn more at http://msb.georgetown.edu. Follow us on Twitter: @msbgu.