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Mini Conference: Lessons From The Telecom Wars, September 28

George Mason University's Information Economy Project is pleased to announce an upcoming conference on tellecommunications.  Admission is free, but seating is limited -- so please RSVP (to Anil Caliskan, acaliska@gmu.edu) to reserve a spot.

The policies introduced by the Telecommunications Act of 1996 have already witnessed generational turnover.  Through 2004, policy makers struggled to craft network sharing mandates, giving local phone market entrants the 'stepping stones' needed to compete.  But then those rules collapsed, over-turned by federal courts.  In the wake of the "unbundling" mandates, some see market rivalry flourishing.  Others defend the scrapped regulatory regime as a missed opportunity.  How we assess the path we've traveled, and how we view the opportunities now unfolding, will help define the regulatory models we embrace for communications networks of the future.
 

2pm:  Panel 1.  INDUCING COMPETITION IN PHONE NETWORKS

Robert Crandall (Brookings Institution), Nicholas Economides (New York University), and Marius Schwartz (Georgetown University) engage in a discussion moderated by Drew Clark (Center for Public Integrity). 

 

3:40:  Panel 2.  BROADBAND DEREGULATION AND NET NEUTRALITY

Paul Misener (Amazon.com) and Thomas Hazlett (George Mason University) engage in a discussion moderated by Brian Carney (Wall Street Journal).

5:00pm: Adjourn to Reception (lasting until 6:00pm).

VENUE: The George Mason University School of Law, 3301 Fairfax Drive, Arlington, Virginia (steps from the Virginia Square-GMU Metro -- Orange Line). 

Admission is free, but seating is limited.  To reserve your spot, please email Anil Caliskan, acaliska@gmu.edu.  Parking passes available upon request.

Note: Credentialed members of the news media are encouraged to attend this event.  For more information or to RSVP, reporters should contact Ginny Smith, Director of Communications, at 703-993-8007 or vsmith4@gmu.edu.