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Next Generation Digital Infrastructure: Promoting Investment, Competition and Consumer Protection - Agenda

Monday, August 13, 2018

8:45 a.m. – 10:15 a.m.             Session I. Competition and Consumer Protection in a Converged Market
In this first session participants will discuss the impact of converged networks and services on competition and consumer protection issues, including privacy, content gatekeepers, misuse of consumer data and safety. How and to what extent should federal, state and local governments regulate in these areas? For what purposes? How do regulators encourage and preserve competition and innovation in a heavily concentrated market for internet services? Blair Levin, Fellow, Brookings Institution will provide a brief presentation on how federal, state and local governments ought to regulate converged networks and services. Conferees will explore regulatory models that effectively balance investment and innovation with effective competition and consumer protection safeguards.

10:45 a.m. – 12:15 p.m.           Session II. Templates for Successful Government Initiatives
In this session, Danna MacKenzie, Executive Director, Broadband Development, Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development, will give lead-off remarks on how state and local governments can create investment incentives for local broadband networks and digital infrastructure. This opening session will explore some examples of successful public/private partnerships and anchor tenant arrangements for infrastructure deployment. What are the drivers of deployment to unserved areas? How can state and local governments create investment incentives and eliminate barriers to deployment? How are rural and urban communities facilitating the growth of smart technologies to build more efficient and accessible public services? What impact do concerns about market concentration and consumer trust of internet services have on investment? Participants will discuss regulatory, economic and social barriers towards achieving investment.

2:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.               Session III. Working Groups
Working Groups will meet to address issues and solutions in their topic area.

Working Group A: Incentives for Investment (meet in the Paepcke Library)

  • Includes federal, state and local strategies for promoting investment in infrastructure and deployment, and next-generation networks and applications

Working Group B: Regulatory Structures (meet in the Paepcke Gallery)

  • Includes regulatory models, federalism, and international regulations in a converged global market

Working Group C: Competition and Consumer Protection (meet in the Booz Allen Hamilton Room)

  • Includes privacy, safety, access, and competition issues

Tuesday, August 14, 2018

8:45 a.m. – 10:15 a.m.             Session IV. Presentation and Discussion of Initial Working Group Reports
In this plenary session, working group leaders will report their proposed policies to the larger group.

10:45 a.m. – 12:15 p.m.           Session V. Working Groups Continued

Wednesday, August 15, 2018

8:45 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.             Session VI. Refinement of Working Group Reports and Recommendations
In this final plenary session participants will work to refine suggestions into a set of simple, achievable actions. Participants will critique, improve upon, and, if appropriate, unify Working Group reports. The outcomes will provide the foundation for the final written report of the Conference.