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Tuesday, January 27 • 2:40pm - 3:50pm
Beyond Net Neutrality: What Levers Of Government Can Better Connect Citizens, Communities, and Devices?

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Put the debate about ensuring an Open Internet aside; government policymakers at every level have articulated the imperative to connect their citizens and communities to the Internet at faster speeds and in greater numbers. Our panelists will explore which levers governments have at their disposal to achieve that universally accepted goal.

The moderator will challenge the panel to propose options that will result in more citizens and communities to connect to the Internet at needed speeds. The conversation will be outcome-oriented. The panel will justify why each lever will directly contribute to the aforementioned goal. Of course, government forbearance and prioritization of private sector investment are levers that may be explored by one, if not all, panelists. We'll leave the issue of the Open Internet for our final panel; we have asked this panel to forebear from stealing the net neutrality thunder from them.

Moderators
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Blair Levin

Executive Director, Gig.U
Blair Levin became Communications & Society Fellow with the Aspen Institute Communications and Society Program on May 10, 2010, following his departure from the Federal Communications Commission, where he served as the Executive Director of the Omnibus Broadband Initiative. In his role at the Federal Communications Commission, Mr. Levin oversaw the development of a National Broadband Plan, a project mandated by Congress in the America... Read More →
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Nicol Turner-Lee

VP and Chief Research and Policy Officer, MMTC
Dr. Nicol Turner-Lee is Vice President and Chief Research and Policy Officer for MMTC. In this senior role, Dr. Turner-Lee designs and implements a research and policy agenda that supports MMTC’s mission, and advocates for telecom and Internet policy reform through legislation, rulemaking, executive orders, public-private partnerships, and best practices. In 2011, she was appointed to the Federal Advisory Committee on Diversity in the... Read More →

Speakers
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Rob Atkinson

President, Information Technology and Innovation Foundation
Robert Atkinson is the founder and president of the Information Technology and Innovation Foundation, a Washington, DC-based policy think tank. He is also author of Innovation Economics: The Race for Global Advantage (Yale, 2012), the book, The Past And Future Of America’s Economy: Long Waves Of Innovation That Power Cycles Of Growth (Edward Elgar, 2005), and the State New Economy Index series. He has an extensive background in technology... Read More →
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Rick Boucher

Sidley Austin LLP, Partner
Rick Boucher is the head of Sidley Austin’s Government Strategies group where his practice is focused on counseling clients whose business needs require the development of public policy strategies in the telecommunications, energy and the environment, and financial services industries. Mr. Boucher also serves as honorary chairman of the Internet Innovation Alliance | | Mr. Boucher has extensive experience representing clients in... Read More →
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Joanne Hovis

President, CTC Technology & Energy
Joanne Hovis directs all of CTC Technology & Energy’s business consulting, strategic planning, market assessment, and management consulting work. An attorney with a background in communications and commercial litigation, she is a recognized authority on the broadband market and community broadband topics—and on the evolving role of government in the provision of communications services to the public. Joanne advises public... Read More →
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Chip Pickering

CEO, COMPTEL
Chip Pickering became CEO of COMPTEL in January 2014. Pickering was a six-term Congressman, representing Mississippi’s Third District. During this time, he served on the House Energy & Commerce Committee, where he was vice chairman from 2002 to 2006 and a member of the Telecommunications Subcommittee. He also was co-chairman and founder of the Congressional Wireless Caucus and an assistant minority whip of the House. Previously... Read More →
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Gigi B. Sohn

Special Counsel for External Affairs, Office of the Chairman, Federal Communications Commission
Ms. Sohn has served since 2001 as the President and CEO of Public Knowledge and, from 2011-2013 as the Co-Chair of the board of directors of the Broadband Internet Technical Advisory Group (BITAG). She has served on the board of the Telecommunications Policy Research Conference (TPRC) and on the Advisory Board of the Center for Copyright Information. In October 1997, President Clinton appointed Ms. Sohn to serve as a member of his Advisory... Read More →


Tuesday January 27, 2015 2:40pm - 3:50pm
8th Floor, Room 807 The Newseum

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