Wednesday, January 23, 2013
The Internet Leadership Challenge: Restoring America to Economic Greatness Through Sound Internet Policy
All indicators point to the fact that the Internet is transforming the Global economy. Researchers are starting to document the Internet's profound power to generate jobs and fuel economic prosperity. As a platform the Internet poses the capacity to solve many of our most pressing fiscal woes including generating jobs, supercharging the economy, and improving the way we deliver such critical services as health care and education. The Internet technology sector is thriving, growing at rates nearly double that of healthcare, automobile manufacturing or farming and producing some of the best paying jobs in the economy.
Yet the Internet does not get nearly the serious thought from policymakers as those other sectors. Too often Washington policymakers default to extending legacy media rules to the Internet rather than looking at it holistically as a platform. We need Congress and the Administration to recognize that the Internet is literally the launching pad for our future as a nation.
Thought leaders will gather for the second day of the State of the Net to challenge the way Washington thinks about Internet policy. The focus will be to find common ground on how lawmakers and policymakers can help the Internet as a platform for economic growth and national prosperity. Our expert speakers will challenge policymakers to enhance the capital needed for the Internet to achieve its potential. And we mean "capital" in its variety of forms: Bandwidth Capital in the form of fiber and coaxial cable, spectrum, and ubiquitous access; Human Capital in the form of skilled knowledge workers and innovators; and Financial Capital in the form of investment.
1:30 pm - Welcome Remarks by:
Alan Davidson, Visiting Scholar, Technology and Policy Program, MIT, Board of Directors, Congressional Internet Caucus Advisory Committee [Bio]
Congressional Keynote by:
1:50 pm - Introductions:
Blair Levin, Communications & Society Fellow - Aspen Institute Communications and Society Program "The Politics of Abundance" [Bio] VIDEO
2:05 pm - Panel 1:
- Blair Levin, Communications & Society Fellow - Aspen Institute Communications and Society Program "The Politics of Abundance" [Bio]
- Robert McDowell, Commissioner, Federal Communications Commission (FCC) [Bio]
- Bruce Mehlman, Partner, Mehlman Vogel Castagnetti [Bio]
- Grover Norquist, President, Americans for Tax Reform [Bio]
3:00 pm - Coffee Break
3:10 pm - Panel 2:VIDEO
Moderated by Rey Ramsey, President & CEO, TechNet [Bio] (invited)
4:00 pm - Conclusion
* Subject to change. More panels and keynotes may be added. Contact Eric Hinkes for more information.
This is a widely attended event hosted by the Congressional Internet Caucus Advisory Committee (ICAC), part of a 501 (c)(3) charitable organization. The ICAC is a private sector organization comprised of public interest groups, trade associations, non-profits, and industry leaders. The diversity of ICAC membership ensures that all educational events and initiatives are fair and balanced forums for Internet-related discussion. The ICAC does not promote any particular policy position.