The Roadblock Ahead: FCC vs. Comcast What's Next. May 25, 2010 From 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM EDT
Abstract: As the US looks to redefine its National Broadband Policy the FCC finds itself be questioned about its authority. Access and Over the Top services are both desired in the future markets, but the role of the FCC is now in question. - Does the FCC have jurisdiction to manage the interaction between access and applications? - How much of the old rules can be applied when the model is no longer based on carrier interaction but theinternetworking that goes beyond the distance the of a single provider? - What concerns do applications and services like peer to Peer have about the control by access providers? - Should the rules be the same regardless of wireline and wireless?
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Glenn S. Richards Partner Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman Glenn is a partner in Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman's communications group. He represents VoIP providers, wireline and wireless communications carriers, satellite companies, equipment manufacturers and large users of telecommunications services in transactional and litigation matters, and in regulatory matters before the FCC, state public utility commissions and international regulatory agencies. Glenn has been active with the Voice on the Net Coalition since its inception, serving as primary outside counsel from 1997-2006 and Executive Director since September 2009. He has also served as a member of US delegations for International Telecommunication Union radio conferences, including the 1995 and 1997 World Radiocommunication Conferences, and CITEL conferences in 1992 and 1995. He has also served on the North American Numbering Council.
Hank Hultquist - Vice President, Federal Regulatory, AT&T Hank joined AT&T (then SBC) in 2004. He represents AT&T at the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) on a number of issues including broadband and Internet policy, video and media policy, intercarrier compensation, and universal service. He is a member of the Board of Directors and of the Wireless Communications Association International (WCAI) and serves on the North American Numbering Council (NANC). Prior to joining AT&T, he was with MCI for eight years. Hank is a graduate of the George Mason University School of Law and the Georgetown University School of Foreign Service.
Bram Cohen , Chief Scientist and Co-founder. BitTorrrent Bram Cohen is the Chief Scientist and co-founder of BitTorrent, Inc. and the creator of the BitTorrent peer-to-peer (P2P) file distribution protocol. Bram is also the co-founder of CodeCon and the co-author of Codeville. Prior to the creation of BitTorrent, Bram worked at MojoNation. MojoNation allowed people to break up confidential files into encrypted chunks and distribute those pieces to other computers running MojoNations software. This concept served as the inspiration for Bram's development of BitTorrent. Before MojoNation, Bram was a quintessential dot-commer, working for several Internet companies through the mid-to-late 90s. Bram grew up in New York City, graduated from Stuyvesant High School and attended the University of Buffalo.
David, Farber, Former CTO of the FCC. Distinguished Career Professor of Computer Science and Public Policy in the School of Computer Science at Carnegie Mellon University holding secondary appointments in the Heinz College and the Engineering Public Policy Group.
In January 17, 2000, he was appointed to be Chief Technologist at the US Federal Communications Commission while on leave from UPenn for one year ending in early June 2001. While at UPenn, he co-directed The Penn Initiative on Markets, Technology and Policy. He was also Director of the Distributed Systems Laboratory - DSL where he managed leading edge research in Ultra High Speed Networking. Research papers of the DSL are available in its electronic library.
His early academic research work was focused at creating the worlds first operational Distributed Computer System -- DCS while at the ICS Department at the University of California at Irvine. After that, while with the Electrical Engineering Department of the University of Delaware, he helped conceive and organize CSNet, NSFNet and the NREN.
Carl Ford, Co Founder Crossfire Media. Carl Ford has been exploring internetworking issues his entire career. From the development of custom networks from SONET Rings and fiber optics to special AIN features, Carl's 20+ years have always focused on satisfying customers needs. This focus has given him a unique grasp on the impact that cost, regulatory and marketing issues have in rolling out new services. While working on Verizon's Internet strategy, Carl focused on the internetworking side of the business service for and billing technologies. Carl utilized this experience when he joined Telcordia to manage billing solutions for the first Class 5 Softswitch.
As an integral part of the IP Communications community, Carl has been instrumental in helping develop various trade organizations and has advised many companies on both strategic and technical issues to satisfy the needs of these company's customers.