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CONTACT: Amy Smorodin
October 6, 2009
(202) 289-8928
Event: Wireless Investment, Innovation & Competition
Speakers at Oct 19th Event Include Analysts, Industry Reps, Policy Experts

WASHINGTON D.C. - Fostering increased investment and innovation in the wireless market has been identified as a cornerstone in efforts to craft a National Broadband Plan.  Until recently, the wireless service industry, having benefited from a "light touch" regulatory framework, has been considered among the most competitive in the communications sector — too competitive, in fact, for the capital markets.  At the same time, the wireless sector has come under increased scrutiny from Congress and regulatory officials, exemplified by a recent FCC inquiry into competition and innovation in the wireless industry.  Now, the government appears poised to "do something" to the "wireless ecosystem," including extending net neutrality obligations. 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 discussed at "Wireless Investment, Innovation and Competition: Advance or Retreat?" a congressional seminar hosted by The Progress & Freedom Foundation.
Confirmed panelists are:

  • Brett Glass, Owner and Founder, Lariat Networks
  • Thomas Hazlett, Professor of Law and Economics, George Mason University
  • Kathleen Ham, VP Regulatory Affairs, T-Mobile USA
  • 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
  • Barbara Esbin (moderator), Senior Fellow, Director of the Center for Communications and Competition Policy, The Progress & Freedom Foundation

"Wireless Investment, Innovation and Competition: Advance or Retreat?" will be held Monday, October 19th from 12:00 noon to 2:00pm in Room SH-902 of the Hart Senate Office Building.  Lunch will be served.  Those interested in attending can register here. Questions should be directed to Allison Bringardner at or 202-289-8928. Media queries should be directed to Amy Smorodin

The Progress & Freedom Foundation is a market-oriented think tank that studies the digital revolution and its implications for public policy. It is a 501(c)(3) research & educational organization.



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