[Air-L] CFP IIP-FCC Broadband Reg Wksp

Richard Denny Taylor rdt4 at psu.edu
Mon Feb 10 10:08:45 PST 2014



With apologies for cross-postings:


Call for Paper Proposals


A by-invitation experts' workshop Organized by the Institute for
Information Policy at Penn State University and co-sponsored by the
Federal Communications Commission

Federal Communications Commission

445 12th St. SW Washington, DC

May 28-30, 2014


The U.S. National Broadband Plan envisions the transition of the U.S.
telecommunications infrastructure to a ubiquitous IP-based broadband
network.   While there is a vibrant discussion of how best to manage the
transition, there is only a nascent discussion of what the policy
framework should look like after it is completed.  What is the long-term
outlook (beyond the transition and into the next decade) for the broadband
ecosystem, and how will the regulatory system have to adapt to a changed


Advances in infrastructure technology and applications have, and will
likely continue to push at the boundaries of current regulatory frameworks
for telecommunications, media,   and even intellectual property rights
The Institute for Information Policy at Penn State (IIP), in collaboration
with the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), is pleased to announce
this call for paper proposals addressing the multiple factors in thinking
about regulation for post-transition broadband networks.


Authors of selected papers will be invited to present and discuss them
during a 2-day by-invitation-only workshop designed to bring together up
to a dozen experts to be held at the Federal Communications Commissions on
(date).  The Workshop is designed to draw together the latest academic
thinking on these questions and to give FCC staff the opportunity to
suggest elements of a forward-looking research agenda that would
contribute to the policy discourse around them. The workshop is part of a
series of events focused on "Making Policy Research Accessible," organized
by the IIP, with the support of the Ford Foundation and the Media
Democracy Fund.  Presenters at the workshop will be invited to submit
their completed papers to the Journal of Information Policy


All disciplines are welcome.  Invited topics of papers may include, but
are not limited to:


.        Will the dominant model for delivery of broadband services be
fixed or mobile?  How much competition will there be (especially
wireline)?  Will there be new technologies or entrants? 

.        What is the future of "over-the-top" content and CDNs?

.        What will be the impact of the "internet of things"?  What is its
regulatory status?

.        How is the "public interest" defined in the broadband ecosystem?
What sorts of regulatory safeguards/interventions will be needed to
advance the public interest?

.        How do the FCC's broadband promotion programs interact with
efforts of other agencies, on both the demand and supply side?

.        How should the concept of universal service evolve? What can the
designers of universal service policies learn from efforts to stimulate
demand for broadband?

.        What are the implications for regulatory frameworks of
technological and other changes in the broadband ecosystem?

.        How should the division of labor between state and federal
regulatory authorities change?

.        Are there any regulatory challenges on the horizon that are not
yet part of the mainstream broadband regulation debate?


Abstracts of up to 500 words and a short bio of the author(s) should be
submitted to pennstateiip at psu.edu by March 15, 2014.  Please write
IIPFCCPOST: YOUR NAME in the subject line. Accepted presenters will be
notified by March 31, 2014.


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