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Wireless Investment, Innovation & Competition: Advance or Retreat?

A PFF Congressional Seminar
October 19, 2009
12:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m.
Hart Senate Office Building, Room SH-902
Washington, DC 20510

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  • Barbara Esbin (Moderator), Senior Fellow, The Progress & Freedom Foundation
  • Brett Glass, Owner and Founder, Lariat Networks
  • Kathleen Ham, VP Regulatory Affairs, T-Mobile USA
  • Thomas Hazlett, Professor of Law and Economics, George Mason University
  • Wayne Leighton, Partner, Empiris LLC and Adjunct Professor and U.S. Liaison, Francisco Marroquín University, Guatemala
  • Ruth Milkman, Chief, Wireless Telecommunications Bureau, FCC
  • Craig Moffett, Senior Analyst, Bernstein Research
  • Gregory Rosston, Deputy Director, Stanford Institute for Economic Policy Research, Stanford University

The wireless sector has been identified as a key component of increased broadband deployment and penetration, consistent with the goals of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act.  At the same time, the wireless service sector, which has thrived under a “light touch” regulatory framework, is under increasing scrutiny from antitrust and regulatory officials.  Yet, the view from the capital markets is quite the opposite:  that there may be too much competition.  Would increased regulation of wireless markets be necessary or counter-productive?  If necessary, how can a regulator encourage innovation and investment in wireless?  Are there structural problems in the wireless service sector that are leading to pro- or anti-consumer outcomes?  Is the answer more regulation, more competition, both or neither?  These and other policy issues will be analyzed and discussed at "Wireless Investment, Innovation and Competition: Advance or Retreat?" a congressional seminar hosted by The Progress & Freedom Foundation. 

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