Friday Panels

Mobile Consolidation at an Antitrust Crossroads

This panel will consider proper antitrust enforcement of mobile mergers as consolidation in the industry reaches new heights. What is the proper balance of weakened price competition against the potential for scale efficiencies and disruptive innovation, especially as carriers embark on next-generation wireless technology?  The discussion will draw lessons from several 4-to-3 mobile mergers that have been approved (with conditions) or denied in Europe and other developed countries.  We will explore the efficacy of spectrum divestitures and the sharing of wireless infrastructure to rectify competitive injury.  

Moderator: Glenn Woroch, University of California Berkeley


·       Thomas Hazlett, Clemson University

·       Michelle Connolly, Duke University

·       Gigi Sohn, Georgetown University

Policy Incentives to Encourage Spectrum Efficiency

This panel will question whether traditional policy tools provide the correct incentives to develop efficient systems and explore whether other approaches may drive to more effective results. Specifically, the panel will ask the following questions: Do current spectrum policies reward the use of advanced wireless technology that improves spectrum efficiency and enables sharing both within and across platforms? Going forward, could policy be better used to encourage spectrum users to develop more spectrally efficient technologies? Are there carrots or sticks that the government could employ to change the economic incentives to share spectrum? Could innovative policy tools better align stated objectives with actual practice?

Moderator: Peter Tenhula, NTIA


·       David Goldman, SpaceX

·       Brian Regan, Starry

·       Charlyn Stanberry, Chief of Staff for Rep. Yvette Clarke

·       Charla Rath, formerly of Verizon

Mapping the Digital Divide: Spatial Analysis Approaches to Broadband Competition and Digital Inequality.

This panel brings together researchers that are pushing the boundaries of digital inequality research by examining differences in access to infrastructure, adoption, and socioeconomic outcomes through spatial lenses. A core common thread is the use of geocoded data to theorize how spatial factors and spillover effects interact with the traditional determinants of digital inequality at the individual and household levels. Panelists will also discuss the limitations of existing datasets as well as much needed improvements to data collection instruments at the local, state and federal levels, including FCC Form 477 and the Internet use questions from the American Community Survey and the Current Population Survey.

Moderator:  Steve Rosenberg, FCC


·       Hernan Galperin, University of Southern California

·       Kenneth Flamm, University of Texas Austin

·       Karen Mossberger, Arizona State University

·       William Dutton, Oxford Internet Institute

Saturday Panels

World Radiocommunication Conference (WRC-19): Implications for the US Spectrum Policy

In a time where the literature usually focuses on US national spectrum policy while overlooking the implications of decisions at the international level, this panel addresses the potential implications of the forthcoming WRC-19 to be held in November 2019 with a focus on specific agenda items of critical importance. This includes WRC-19Agenda Items (AI) 1.13, which will decide on the potential spectrum bands for 5G, AI 1.16 to consider issues related to Radio Local Area Networks (RLAN) in the 5 GHz, and future agenda items for WRC-23 (e.g. Mobile allocation in the UHF).

The panel tends also to examine whether the ITU-R has become less relevant for the US considering that the latter is planning 5G in the 28 GHz (among others), which is not one of the potential 5G bands in WRC-19. Another issue to be addressed is the criticism of the US to the ITU (the US is the largest contributor to the organization) and whether the US has become less powerful within WRCs. 

The panel will accommodate high profile professionals from the US WRC-19 Advisory Committee, terrestrial and satellite services in addition to the academia as follows:

Moderator: Mohamed El-Moghazi, NTRA of Egypt


·       Dante Ibarra, FCC

·       Jayne Stancavage, Intel

·       Jennifer Manner, EchoStar

·       Rob Frieden, Pennsylvania State University

To 5G or Not to 5G? That is the Question: Mobile Broadband Network Developments in Europe, China, India and Mexico

This panel will focus on the impact of the widespread deployment, penetration and use of intelligent mobile devices, particularly smartphones, married to broadband mobile networks, in Europe, China, Mexico and India.

The intelligent mobile phone has become the most widely used communications device globally and the access device of choice in the developing world. In countries like India it is often the only available device for accessing the Internet and its large variety of associated services.

The panel will discuss issues such as:

• What role does mobile broadband play in different national broadband strategies?

• How will the transition from 4G/LTE networks to 5G networks be managed in different countries and regions, such as Europe, China, India and Mexico?

• How has China positioned itself to take a global leadership role in 5G, including standards development, commercial deployment and the development of a 5G ecosystem?

• What strategies have Mexico and India adopted in facilitating the national deployment of broadband mobile communications infrastructure and/or wholesale networks? Do Public Private Partnerships have a role to play in such deployments?

• What role can mobile broadband play in the delivery and use of a wide variety of digital information and transactional services, including electronic payments? How may mobile broadband services compensate for deficiencies in the physical infrastructure for banking services, rural healthcare and public information?

Moderator: Prabir Neogi, Carleton University


·       Erik Bohlin, Chalmers University of Technology

·       Rekha Jain, Indian Institute of Management

·       Krishna Jayakar, University of Electronics and Technical Science, China, and Pennsylvania State University

·       Judith Mariscal Aviles, Centro de Investigación y Docencia Economica

·       Jason Whalley, Northumbria University

 Impacts of Digitisation and AI on the Future of Work: Contrasting European and American Views 

 The panel will focus on:

•   the degree to which transformative technologies and related business models including AI, machine learning, big data, the Internet of Things and the emerging collaborative economy are likely to change the volume of work, the character of work, and compensation for work; and

•   the implications of the changing character of work, and the shift away from traditional full time employment, are likely to have on social protection systems in the US and the EU, together with potential public policy responses. 

This transformation poses significant challenges for policymakers who seek to ensure that their national populations are reasonably well protected against catastrophic events as well as expensive but predictable events.

Moderator: J. Scott Marcus, Bruegel


  • Rob Atkinson, ITIF

  • Darrell West, Brookings

  • Arun Sundararajan, Stern School, NYU

  • Georgios Petropoulos, Bruegel and MIT