February 15, 2005
The Silicon Flatirons Telecommunications Program hosted a two-day conference on February 13th-14th, 2005, titled The Digital Broadband Migration: Rewriting the Telecom Act. The program included such notable speakers as:Professor Lawrence Lessig, Stanford Law SchoolVint Cerf, Chairman of ICANN and SVP, Technology Strategy, MCIRichard Notebaert, CEO, Qwest Communications Inc.LeRoy Williams, Colorado Secretary of Innovation and TechnologyThe Honorable Michael Powell, FCC ChairmanIn addition, the conference featured a variety of notable panel members. The panel discussions included such topics as: The Implications of Broadband and VoIP, Spectrum Policy, and Reforming the FCC and Its Mission.After the conference Professor Phil Weiser, Director of the Silicon Flatirons Telecom Program and organizer of the conference, said 'Our Rewriting the Telecom Act conference continued our tradition of bringing together leading academics, governmental officials, and practitioners to address the challenging cutting edge issues facing the telecommunications industry. We look forward to more such dialogues ahead and to continuing to build on CU's strength in technology law and policy.'The conference was well attended and received a great deal of press. For an article on FCC Chairman Michael Powell's comments at the Conference, click here (Boulder Daily Camera) or here (Rocky Mountain News). For a discussion of Powell's comments on spectrum policy specifically, click here (WirelessWeek.com).For an article on Powell's comments on revising the Telecom Act (Boulder Daily Camera), click here.For a discussion on the Conference proceedings (Boulder Daily Camera), click here.For a discussion of Vonage's comments about internet telephony and VoIP 'blocking', click here (ZD Net) or here (InformationWeek).For a discussion of Qwest CEO's comments on the MCI deal, click here (InformationWeek).