Internet Regulation in 2020



Watch Duke Law’s Center for Innovation Policy conference Friday, October 17, 2014, and join the conversation via Twitter #Internet2020 or by emailing

For the last few years, debates about Internet regulation in the U.S. have focused on the FCC’s 2010 Open Internet order and now its May 2014 Notice of Proposed Rulemaking. Beyond the current debates loom longer-term questions about the regulation of broadband networks. What can and should the Internet be in 2020? What is the appropriate regulatory approach to take in the next few years, and how should it be implemented?


8:00am Registration

Welcome and Introduction

Stuart Benjamin, Douglas B. Maggs Professor of Law and Faculty Co-Director, Center for Innovation Policy, Duke Law School

Arti Rai, Elvin R. Latty Professor of Law and Faculty Co-Director, Center for Innovation Policy, Duke Law School


Keynote Address

Vinton G. Cerf, Vice President and Chief Internet Evangelist, Google, Inc.


Operation and Engineering

What are the most significant realistic changes in network architecture, capacity, and connectivity by 2020? In what ways might these developments be affected, perhaps even precluded, by regulatory policy? In what ways might these developments in turn affect regulatory policy? What are the costs and benefits of these developments and their possible regulation?


Tim Berners-Lee, 3Com Founders Professor of Engineering, MIT; Professor, University of Southampton (UK); Director, World Wide Web Consortium; Director, World Wide Web Foundation
kc claffy, Director, Center for Applied Internet Data Analysis (CAIDA)
Henning Schulzrinne, Julian Clarence Levi Professor of Mathematical Methods and Computer Science, Columbia University; Technology Advisor, Federal Communications Commission
Daniel Weitzner, Principal Research Scientist & Director of the Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory (CSAIL) Decentralized Information Group, MIT

Moderator: Arti Rai


Industry Structure and Business Models

Beyond the current pending mergers, what changes to the business of data delivery over the Internet are important and reasonably likely by 2020? What new categories of providers might arise, and which might diminish, with what consequences? How will these developments affect, and be affected by, regulatory policy? What are the costs and benefits of these developments and their possible regulation?


Paul de Sa, Senior Analyst, Bernstein Research
Sharon Gillett, Principal Technology Policy Strategist, Microsoft Corporation
William Lehr, Economist, CSAIL, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Moderator: James Speta, Class of 1940 Research Professor of Law, Northwestern Law School

12:35pm Lunch Break
1:50pm Address:

"The Relationship Between Law and Competition: A New FCC Perspective

Jonathan Sallet, General Counsel, Federal Communications Commission


Regulatory Approaches

What metrics or modes of analysis should policymakers use to determine what sorts of regulatory decisions should be made in the near future, and which can and should await future developments? How should policymakers balance regulatory certainty and flexibility in a manner that allows innovation to advance effectively and minimizes administrative costs and delays?


Ruth Milkman, Chief of Staff, Federal Communications Commission
Jonathan Nuechterlein, General Counsel, Federal Trade Commission
Howard Shelanski, Administrator, Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs, Office of Management and Budget of the Executive Office of the President of the United States

Moderator: Stuart Benjamin

3:40pm Reception