A Conference Hosted by Silicon Flatirons, Public Knowledge and the Information Technology & Innovation Foundation (ITIF).

Washington Court Hotel, 525 New Jersey Avenue, NW, Washington, DC March 5, 2010, 9:00 AM – 12:15 PM (Light breakfast and registration at 8:30 AM)


Last year, Silicon Flatirons co-hosted events, respectively, with Public Knowledge on FCC reform, and ITIF on innovation economics and new models of governance. This conference is a follow-up and confluence of those two topics: Where do we stand on efforts at FCC reform? And how do new models of governance and standard-setting fit into that reform effort?

The preamble from the www.fcc-reform.org website summarizes the conclusions from the January 2009 conference: The consensus was clear – the FCC has serious procedural, organizational, and cultural problems that must be addressed by the agencys incoming leaders as soon as practicable. While the current FCC leadership is being asked to perform many tasks, the consensus about reform is foundational to the credibility of any actions the agency might take. Accordingly, it is not too early to assess whether and how the new FCC is addressing those procedural, organizational and cultural issues and if the FCC has made progress on reform. These issues will all be addressed in the first panel.

The second panel will explore the purpose and guiding principles of standard-setting for broadband, as well as the specific topics standard-setting and mediating institutions might be well-suited to address.

Welcome 9:00am – 9:15am

Dale Hatfield
Executive Director, Silicon Flatirons Center
Adjunct Professor, University of Colorado
Former Chief Engineer, Federal Communications Commission
The Present and Future of FCC Reform 9:15am – 10:30am

Mark Cooper
Silicon Flatirons Senior Adjunct Fellow
University of Colorado
Director of Research
Consumer Federation of America

Susan Crawford
Professor of Law
University of Michigan

Matthew Hussey
Telecommunications Legislative Assistant
Senator Olympia Snowe

Nick Johnson
Professor of Law
University of Iowa
Former FCC Commissioner

Mary Beth Richards
Special Counsel
Federal Communications Commission

Austin Schlick
General Counsel
Federal Communications Commission

Moderator: Gigi B. Sohn
Silicon Flatirons Senior Adjunct Fellow
University of Colorado
President and Co-founder
Public Knowledge

Networking Break 10:30am – 11:00am

Regulatory Reforms: Standard-Setting and Mediating Institutions 11:00am – 12:15pm

Kathryn C. Brown
Senior Vice President, Public Policy & Corporate Responsibility

Paul de Sa
Chief, Office of Strategic Planning & Anaylsis
Federal Communications Commission

Pierre de Vries
Silicon Flatirons Senior Adjunct Fellow
University of Colorado

Kathleen Wallman
Wallman Strategic Consulting

Rick Whitt
Washington Telecom and Media Counsel

Moderator: Robert Atkinson
Information Technology and Innovation Foundation