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CONTACT: Amy Smorodin
October 9, 2009
(202) 289-8928
Event: Wireless Investment, Innovation & Competition
Wayne Leighton Added to Oct 19th Discussion Panel

WASHINGTON D.C. - Despite being described as one of the most competitive sectors of the communications industry, the government appears to be considering regulation of wireless, 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.

Wayne Leighton, Partner at Empiris LLC, has been added to the panel of experts who will discuss the current state of the wireless markets.  Leighton will present findings in a new study he co-authored, "The Impact of Regulation on Innovation and Choice in Wireless Communications."  The panel will be moderated by Barbara Esbin, Senior Fellow and Director of PFF's Center for Communications and Competition Policy.
The complete discussion panel includes:

  • 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
  • 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

"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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