Research Conference on
Communications, Information and Internet Policy

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Antonin Scalia Law School George Mason University, Arlington, VA


Krishna Jayakar of Pennsylvania State University has presented multiple papers at TPRC, including research on broadband adoption for people with disabilities that went on to reach policy audiences around the globe. Jayakar says he’s a “big fan” of the conference, which “attracts a wider and broader perspective than any other. It's great to get feedback from industry and policymakers as well as other scholars,” he continues, “and TPRC has a real international dimension. " 


"TPRC is the world’s foremost conference in its field: where policy begins, orthodoxy ends, facts matter and partisanship has no place." Eli Noam, Director, Columbia Institute for Tele-Information


Jon Peha of Carnegie Mellon University and Barbara Cherry of the Media School at Indiana University met at TPRC and collaborated on a paper that influenced the FCC's recent Net Neutrality ruling. The conference provided an opportunity for us to “bridge differing perspectives to make a policy recommendation,” says Cherry. Adds Peha, “it’s the only conference that regularly brings together thought leaders with a shared interest in technology policy but very different perspectives.” 


Dave Clark, of MIT’s Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Lab has published a number of influential papers on Internet architecture. “I got hooked on the conference a long time ago,” he says. “TPRC is a wonderful venue for anyone who is serious about undertaking multi-disciplinary research in telecommunications. The range of people who [attend] will broaden your thinking and give you fresh perspectives.”


Overview:  TPRC is an annual conference on information policy that convenes researchers and policymakers from academia, industry, government, and nonprofit organizations. TPRC strives to inspire top quality information, communications, and technology policy research, and to connect researchers, policymakers, lawyers, and practitioners. TPRC is the longest-running conference of its kind, and has a legacy of showcasing cutting-edge research across multiple disciplines and international perspectives.

Dates and Location:  The 2016 conference will be held from the morning of Friday, September 30 through Saturday, October 1, 2016, at the Antonin Scalia Law School, George Mason University in Arlington, Virginia.  A Capitol Hill event and the Graduate Student Consortium will take place a day before the conference on Thursday, September 29.  Our long-standing attendees should take note of the change in format from prior years: TPRC will be held all day Friday, September 30 and all day Saturday, October 1. There will be no Sunday sessions.

TPRC is a great place to meet new people, and to reconnect with experts in the field of Internet policy, communications, and information. We are a diverse and energetic community of scholars, and we welcome your participation!

TPRC44 accepted papers can be found here. Full papers can be found here.

TPRC44 Registration Fees

Conference fees include all sessions, conference materials, Friday lunch and dinner, Saturday continental breakfast and lunch and coffee break service both days.

Discounted Early Bird before Sept. 1

Author/co-author/moderator $235
Non-profit/academic/govt     $445
Student (with current ID)       $125
Industry/private sector           $645

Registration Sept. 1-27

Author/co-author/moderator $385
Non-profit/academic/govt     $595
Student (with current ID)       $275
Industry/private sector           $795

On-site Registration

Author/co-author/moderator $485
Non-profit/academic/govt     $695
Student (with current ID)       $325
Industry/private sector          $895


TPRC Conference Information 2016


TPRC is held at the Antonin Scalia Law School George Mason University in Arlington, VA (Hazel Building, 3301 Fairfax Dr., Arlington, VA). Arlington is conveniently located across the Potomac River from Washington, DC.


Washington Reagan National Airport (DCA) is the closest airport to the venue though the area is also served by Washington Dulles Airport (IAD) as well as Baltimore Washington Airport (BWI).

George Mason University Arlington campus is located two blocks from the Virginia Square/GMU station on the Orange and Silver lines of METRO.

Lodging Options

The FDIC SeidmanStudent Residence Center is located at 1001 Monroe St., Arlington, within a block of the George Mason University Arlington Campus. Rooms are available for Friday, September 30 and Saturday, October 1.  Thursday and Sunday availability is dependent on FDIC Training Schedules and are often available closer to the event as training schedules are finalized. For reservations, call 703-516-4630. The FDIC will not split the cost of the room between attendees. Please refer to the George Mason University rate.

Other area hotels include:
-  Highlander Motel(877) 786-4301 ·
- Hilton Arlington(800) 785-9319 ·
- Residence Inn Arlington Courthouse (703) 248-9616·
- Westin Arlington Gateway (703) 717-6200·


Meals are included in registration fees. Friday lunch and dinner, Saturday continental breakfast, lunch and coffee break service are provided for all registered attendees. Additional restaurants and a grocery store are available in the immediate area if you choose to eat on your own.

Join Our Sponsors!

The TPRC Board of Directors welcomes your participation as a sponsor of the 44th Research Conference on Communications, Information and Internet Policy at Antonin Scalia Law School, George Mason University, Arlington, VA.  An attractive package of benefits is available to corporations, research institutes, member-based associations, universities and colleges, legal firms, government agencies, non-profits, and the full range of players in the telecommunications industry.

For 2016, there are eight (8) levels of sponsorship: Platinum, Gold, Silver, Bronze, Contributing, Academic, Hospitality, and Graduate Student Consortium. Fees range from $500 to $12,000 based on category.

Contact Syd Verinder, TPRC Sponsor Relations Coordinator, for the full details of sponsorship opportunities and benefits at or at 804/445-6453. 


2016 TPRC Sponsors


Platinum Sponsors - $12,000

Gold Sponsors - $9,000

Silver Sponsors - $6,000

Bronze Sponsors - $3,000