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Setting the Communications Policy Agenda for the Next Administration - Agenda

Monday, August 15, 2016

8:45 a.m. – 10:15 a.m.            Session I.  Digital Society 2017-2021
In this first session, participants will compare the current communications landscape with the foreseeable future of digital society including streaming services, apps, the Internet of Things and other influences on the digital and broadband environment of 2020.  Are there new constructs for how one thinks about the digital society?  Against this backdrop, the Conference will consider loose ends deriving from the current Administration, i.e., issues arising out of current proceedings such as incentive auctions and net neutrality enforcement.

10:45 a.m. – 12:15 p.m.          Session II.  Approaches to Governance
Participants will consider contrasting approaches to how governments have and should maximize the public interest in addressing the pressing communications issues of the day.  Likely these approaches will reflect the competing “world views” of the major political parties.

2:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.              Session III. Working Groups
Each Working Group will explore a traditional area of communications and digital policy concerns, below, with the purpose of arriving at a proposal for how governments (federal, state and/or local) should address the issues going forward.  In doing so, the Group should consider four questions:

  1. Where is the market and technology heading?
  2. What is driving or impeding those trends?
  3. How can government policy maximize the benefits and minimize the detriments?
  4. How should the government execute these strategies?

Working Group A: Inclusion and Opportunities

  • Includes digital divide issues, access to capital for ownership, and new opportunities to use digital tools to advance individual and entrepreneurial well-being.
Working Group B: Investment and Innovation
  • What can the government do to promote innovation and investment, and what is the role of competition going forward
Working Group C: Trust Environment
  • Includes privacy, security and cyber-security

Tuesday, August 16, 2016

8:45 a.m. – 9:30 a.m.              Session IV. Working Group Initial Reports
In this plenary session, working group leaders will report their initial approaches to the larger group.

9:30 a.m. – 10:15 a.m.            Session V. Black Swans
The communications field has seen a number of high-profile, hard-to-predict, and rare events that were beyond the realm of normal expectations from the fields of history, science, finance and technology. Participants will explore some of the economic and technological events that could occur in the next four to five years and discuss how the next administration might deal with these issues.

Wednesday, August 17, 2016

8:45 a.m. – 10:10 a.m.            Session VII. Working Group Reports and Refinements
Participants will consider the reports of the Working Groups and refine their conclusions.

10:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.          Session VIII. Overview of Future of Communications Policy
In this final session, participants will draw conclusions from the scenarios and working groups to suggest broader conclusions about the future of communications and digital policy and how to think about the role of government in that future.