Life after U.S. Telecom v. FCC: The Future of Communications Law

Jun 21, 2016
4:30pm7:00pm
Capitol Hill Club 300 First Street SE Washington, D.C. 20003

Event Speakers

Brent Skorup

Senior Research Fellow

Since its creation more than 80 years ago, the Federal Communications Commission has acquired significant regulatory responsibilities. Among other things, the agency influences what the American public hears on the radio, determines which TV channels viewers receive, collects and distributes phone subsidies, and oversees telecommunications and media mergers. Lately, as content increasingly moves to the Internet, the FCC has begun to apply its legacy regulations to new media. Most notably, in 2015 the agency created common carrier “net neutrality” rules, which ensnare Internet and tech companies in the agency’s regulatory processes. These rules were recently upheld in federal court in United States Telecom Association v. FCC, and the outcome will have ramifications for the future of media and the boundaries of FCC authority.

Please join the Mercatus Center at George Mason University as a panel of telecommunication policy experts discuss U.S. Telecom, the future of the FCC, and the communications laws that need reform for the modern information economy. Topics include:

  • What does the future of technology and media look like and what should be the FCC’s role?
  • How does the United States’ telecommunications policy compare to other countries?
  • What should Congress do about net neutrality, online consumer protection, and Internet competition?
  • How should Congress ensure phone, TV, and Internet access for rural and low-income households?
  • Where in communications law reform is there room for bipartisan agreement?

Agenda

4:30 p.m.-5:00 p.m. 
Keynote Speech
Congressman Marsha Blackburn (R-TN)

5:00 p.m.-6:00 p.m. 
Panel Discussion and Audience Q&A

Panelists:
Fred Campbell, Director, Tech Knowledge and former chief of the Federal Communications Commission Wireless Bureau 
Roslyn Layton, Fellow, Center for Communication, Media & Information Studies at Aalborg University (Denmark)
Hal Singer, Senior Fellow, Progressive Policy Institute
Brent Skorup, Research Fellow, Mercatus Center at George Mason University

Moderator:
Doug Brake, Telecommunications Policy Analyst, Information Technology and Innovation Foundation

6:00 p.m.-7:00 p.m.
Reception

This event is free and open to the general public, but an RSVP is required to attend. This event has been planned in accordance with the widely-attended event exception to congressional gift rules and government ethics memoranda. A reception will follow the event. Please contact Caitlyn Schmidt with questions at cschmidt@mercatus.gmu.edu.