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What is the Conference on Communications Policy?

The Aspen Institute Conference on Communications Policy is an annual private conference of key decision makers from the telecommunications and information industries, user and consumer groups, academics, non-profit leaders, and representatives from federal, state, and local government. Expert participants from diverse disciplines and viewpoints exchange valuable insights, and develop innovative recommendations to address the technological, competitive, and social issues that are transforming the rapidly changing communications marketplace. Previous Communications Policy topics include: “Next Generation Digital Infrastructure: Promoting Investment, Competition and Consumer Protection,” “Streams of Connectedness & New Media: Fragmentation, Innovation and Democracy,” “Skirting Bottlenecks: Policies to Support Network Evolution, Digital Inclusion and Data Security,” “The Atomic Age of Data: Policies for the Internet of Things,” “Video Veritas: Building a 21st Century Video Platform for a High Performance Society,” “Rethinking Communications Regulation,” “Updating the Rules of the Digital Road,” and “Rewriting Broadband Regulation. Over the years many notable participants, including David Redl, Julie Brill, Mignon Clyburn, Stephen Conroy, Julius Genachowski, Dick Green, Reed Hundt, Larry Irving, Cam Kerry, Karen Kornbluh, Jon Leibowitz, Blaire Levin, Michael O’Rielly, Ajit Pai, Graham Richard, Larry Strickling, Tom Wheeler, and Tim Wu have attended the Conference on Communications Policy.

The current Comm Policy theme is on developing policies for the new media landscape. The Conference is generously supported by the attending sponsors of the 2019 Aspen Institute Communications and Society Program: Google, Microsoft, AT&T, Comcast, Facebook, Dodge and Cox, New Street Research, T-Mobile, Verizon, Charter, National Association of Broadcasters and Emmis.

This site displays the report that resulted from the 2019 Conference on Communications Policy convening that took place in Aspen, Colorado, August 11-14. The series of chapters, written by rapporteur Carol Mattey, explores approaches to impede harms from digital and network technologies by creating policies that address user protection, promote consumer choice and competition, and foster access to essential services. The site also highlights the Conference contributors, relevant background research and presentations from participants.  The site acts as a dynamic space for viewers to explore the Conference content and engage on the topic. 

About the Communications and Society Program

The Communications and Society Program, formerly led by Charlie Firestone, is now part of the Aspen Digital program, headed by Executive Director Vivian Schiller.  Fore more information see

Aspen Digital empowers policy makers, civic organizations, companies and the public to be responsible stewards of technology and digital media in the service of a more just and equitable world. Through convenings, fellowships, publications,  interactive toolkits, and thought leadership, we work towards values-based and human solutions to digital challenges.  Aspen Digital shines a light on urgent global issues across the news information ecosystem, cybersecurity, emerging technology, urban innovation and the technology talent pipeline — and then turns ideas into action  Our flagship initiatives include the Tech Policy Hub, Aspen Cyber Summit, Cybersecurity Group, Center for Urban Innovation, Communications Policy Roundtable, Emerging Technology Trust Initiative, and the Tech X Talent Project.