Telecom's Brave New World

November 16, 2005

Former Dean Don W. Sears established the Austin W. Scott, Jr. Lecture Series in 1973 in his memory.  A member of the Law School faculty for twenty years, Professor Austin W. Scott, Jr. was an excellent and much beloved teacher as well as a prolific writer in the fields of criminal law and procedure.  Each year, the Dean of the Law School selects a member of the faculty engaged in a significant scholarly project to lecture on his or her research.This year Professor Phil Weiser was selected for his successful work in raising CU's profile in telecommunications and technology law by establishing the Silicon Flatirons Telecommunications Program.  Professor Weiser publishes widely on telecommunications and information policy, including a recent book, Digital Crossroads:  American Telecommunications Policy in the Internet Age, co-authored with Jon Nuechterlein.Digital Crossroads is the first and only scholarly explanation of how the telecommunications industry has evolved in the wake of the Telecommunications Act of 1996.  Written for law readers, industry players, and scholars alike, the book presents an accessible explanation of the regulatory, technological, and economic forces now shaping the industry.  Since writing Digital Crossroads, Professor Weiser has focused on regulatory issues related to wireless spectrum, including work associated with a NSF grant and a contract from DARPA.Capitalizing on the strong presence of the local telecommunications industry, the University of Colorado created the Silicon Flatirons Telecommunications Program to bring to campus individuals from legal, technical, regulatory, and business backgrounds to discuss issues facing the telecommunications and information technology industries.  The program pursues three basic goals:  (1) to elevate the debate around technology policy issues; (2) to facilitate networking and the development of "human capital" in the Colorado technology community; and (3) to inspire student interest in technology law.