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?
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
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
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
Moderator: James Speta, Class of 1940 Research Professor of Law, Northwestern Law School
"The Relationship Between Law and Competition: A New FCC Perspective”
Jonathan Sallet, General Counsel, Federal Communications Commission
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
Moderator: Stuart Benjamin