International Institute of Communications (IIC)

Communications Policy & Regulation Week, Washington, DC, 5-8 Oct 2015

The IIC exists to enable the balanced, open dialogue that shapes the policy agenda. Its events are more relevant than ever as the lines between different players in the sector become blurred and policy and regulation become more complex.

This year over 250 participants from the boardrooms and senior strategic teams of regulators, telecoms operators, broadcasters, content providers, IT and network providers, lawyers and many more will come together for the IIC’s 2015 annual Communications Policy & Regulation Week (CPR Week). CPR Week addresses ‘big picture’ themes that affect the communications community. It combines the 46th Annual Conference and the International Regulators Forum as well as workshops, networking events and private meetings.

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Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center
Washington DC, USA
7-8 October 2015


46th Annual Conference, Trends in Converged Communications: Fostering Innovation, Growth and Societal Benefit

Key Themes

The IIC Annual Conference is a multi-speaker, two-day event, designed to meet the policy and strategic needs of senior executives and public policy-makers in the telecommunication, media and technology spheres. It is the main event within the Communications Policy & Regulation Week.

Pathways for converged communications competition policy

Competition policy exists to ensure digital communications markets continue to work for consumers and businesses. Panellists will look at how incentives for efficient private sector investment and innovation can be maintained and strengthened to ensure widespread availability and high quality services, as well as considering whether interventions are needed to promote continuing competition and, if so, where.

Connecting the unconnected in emerging and mature markets

“Despite the phenomenal growth of the Internet, despite its many benefits, there are still too many people who remain unconnected” said UNESCO Director-General Irina Bokova. “Providing Internet connectivity to everyone, everywhere, will take determined policy leadership and investment.” The IIC brings together policy makers, industry and governments to debate the issues.

OTT convergence models – legacy media versus digital native

The rise of content and media intermediaries as digital gatekeepers raises major policy and regulation concerns. This is a recurring theme for the IIC as regulators and industry debate the best way balance innovation whilst delivering audience protection and plurality in a world where converged communications are changing the rules.

Internet of everything – how do we ensure positive societal gain?

The Internet of Things cuts across all converged technologies. This throws multitudinous ICT challenges such as smart systems integration, cyber-physical systems, smart networks, big data and cloud. Achieving a multi-stakeholder and ecosystem perspective brings regulatory challenges. Privacy, security, data protection and regulating for multiple use cases is pivotal

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Who Should Attend?

For telecoms operators, broadcasters and content providers

“The IIC is the ideal platform for an operator like Vodafone to have frank and open exchanges with regulators and other members of the policy community.”
Markus Reinisch, Group Public Policy Director, Vodafone

For regulators, governments and policy makers

“The telecoms industry is an ever evolving landscape and from a regulatory point of view, we must keep abreast to the current discussions and debates that are most pertinent to industry players and regulators.”
Andrew Robateau, Public Utilities Commission, Belize

For lawyers, analysts, academics and consultants

“It keeps me smart. As an external advisor you don’t always get the full picture… I think it makes me a much better and well-rounded lawyer.”
Ann LaFrance, Partner, Squire Patton Boggs (UK) LLP

For other end-user groups representing the interests of society

“Establishing a dialogue between the public and the private is key to success in the design of country strategies to democratise broadband. In this regard, IIC is a neutral player that brings together the different parties to discuss, in an open and direct way the regulatory and policy implications of innovation and investment.” Antonio Garcia-Zaballos, Telecommunications Lead Specialist – Leader of the Broadband Program, IDB


Confirmed Speakers

Mauricio Ramos - CEO, Millicom

Tom Wheeler - Chairman, Federal Communications Commission (FCC)

Dorothy Attwood - Senior Vice President, Global Public Policy, The Walt Disney Company

Mirko Bibic - Chief Legal & Regulatory Officer and Executive Vice-President, Corporate Development, Bell Canada and BCE Inc

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Extra Events

Drinks and networking at the Embassy of Canada

6 October 2015, hosted by the IIC Canada

Delegates to the IRF and the Annual Conference are invited to a drinks reception at the Embassy of Canada which commands beautiful views of the city. The evening will give regulators a chance to reflect informally on the discussions of the IRF and to meet some of the participants ahead of the Annual Conference which starts the next day.

Gala Reception

7 October 2015

The IIC Annual Conference would not be the same without the chance for delegates to enjoy a gala event. This year we will be at the fabulous JW Marriot Hotel located close to The White House on Pennsylvania Avenue. Delegates, speakers, sponsors and guests will have the chance to catch up with their contacts and share views on the day's discussions.


Opportunities to sponsor the IIC events exist

The IIC is not a commercial organisation and operates on a not for profit basis solely to enable the balanced, open dialogue that shapes the policy agenda. Sponsorship and membership fees enable us to do this.

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