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Programme

WEDNESDAY 8 october

Welcome address
  • Fabio Colasanti, President, International Institute of Communications


KEYNOTE SESSION: BALANCING INVESTMENT, INNOVATION, DEMAND STIMULATION AND COMPETITION – MYTHS AND REALITIES FROM US, EU AND BEYOND
  • Who is leading and in what? Can we agree on a fact base for who is leading / lagging behind based on the choice of indicator: retail prices, investment, cost base, retail competition, coverage, operator turnover, take-up….?
  • Comparing targets with outcomes – what have all the policies so far delivered? Outcomes in the fixed and mobile space
  • Getting clarity on the consequences of following US versus EU models - what are the industrial pillars and policy objectives of each model? 
  • Looking beyond US and EU for inspiration and benchmarking

Chair

  • Ed Richards, CEO, Ofcom – Office of Communications

Speakers

  • Carlos López Blanco, Global Head, Public and Regulatory Affairs, Telefónica

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  • Thomas M. Dailey, Vice President and General Counsel International Operations and Regulatory, Verizon Corporation
  • Stuart N. Brotman, Faculty Member, Harvard Law School; Non-resident Senior Fellow, The Brookings Institution

Consolidation & competition – objectives versus realities in a converged environment. What’s best for public interest?
  • How does the enforcement of competition / merger control rules in the US, EU and other regions differ?
  • What are the key drivers of consolidation and what are the future trends? 
    • In country versus cross country competition / consolidation
    • Single wholesale networks eg Brazil, Mexico, Turkey, South Africa, Australia 
  • How do we move out of the impasse of discussing the same dichotomy of access vs. service competition? 
  • How do we define markets and assess Significant Market Power in a world of convergence and bundled offerings?

Chair

  • Paarock VanPercy, Director General, National Communications Authority (NCA) Ghana

Speakers

  • Sophie Moonen, Head of Unit C5 – Information, Communication and Media, DG Competition, European Commission

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  • Gabrielle Gauthey, Group Corporate Vice President, Global Government Sector and Regulation, Alcatel-Lucent

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  • Chris Hutchins, Vice President European Policy, Liberty Global

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  • Michael Jungwirth, Head of Group Regulatory and European Affairs, A1 Telekom Austria AG
  • Christoph Wagner, Partner, Morrison & Foerster LLP

OTT media convergence models - is competition delivering good consumer outcomes? Is the level-playing field debate being overplayed?
  • Is the level-playing field debate being overplayed?
  • How are the activities of OTTs affecting fixed and mobile incumbent business plans?
  • Will customer ownership move away from legacy providers? Is OTT a disruptive threat or innovative opportunity?
  • Is vertical integration the way forward? How to approach from a regulatory point of view?
  • Will SDN deliver new opportunities between OTT and legacy players?
  • How are device manufacturers adapting their business and policy models in the face of the rapidly evolving OTT ecosystem?
  • Impact of sector / market convergence (medium-long term) on regulatory ecosystem: do states need mandatory convergence of regulators?

Chair

  • Jack Hamande, Chairman of the Council, Belgian Institute for Postal Services and Telecommunications (BIPT)

Keynote

  • Linda Jensen, CEO, HBO Europe

Speakers

  • Giuseppe de Martino, Executive Vice President EMEA, Dailymotion
  • Sang Woo Kim,President, Corporate Affairs & Legal/Compliance Europe, Samsung
  • Markus Reinisch, Group Public Policy Director, Vodafone


Choice of 3 Interactive Breakout Sessions
Breakout A1: Business & enterprise focus: updating policies to reflect changing market needs
  • What are the main concerns of businesses operating in an increasingly digital and global market?
    • ubiquitous, non-discriminatory, high quality broadband access
    • borderless international mobile services
    • removal of transnational barriers to online trade 
    • secure, robust, fit-for-purpose cloud services 
    • rapidly emerging IoT/M2M communications 
    • network neutral open internet 
    • business grade service quality – symmetric bandwidth, low latency, resilience
    • separate recognition of relevant markets for business and international services

• What more should policy makers and regulators do to promote their specific communications needs?

Chair

  • Diego Rodríguez Rodríguez, Member of the Board, Comisión Nacional de los Mercados y la Competencia (CNMC), Spain

Speakers

  • Stuart N. Brotman, Faculty Member, Harvard Law School; Non-resident Senior Fellow, The Brookings Institution
  • Carlos Rodriguez Cocina, Head of Brussels Office, Telefónica S.A.
  • Eric H. Loeb, Vice President, International External Affairs, AT&T
Breakout B1: Electronic games and entertainment apps: Transitioning to the ‘experience economy’ - where next for policy and regulation?
  • Mobile and the rise of the app economy: are games the engine of growth?
  • How is the smartphone/tablets phenomenon paving the way for the creation of new content and an array of new applications? 
  • Subscription models versus free-to-play (FtoP) – implications for policy makers
  • As new intermediaries (app stores, ISPs, social networks) are taking on the role previously played by distributors, partly based on the monetization of players’ personal data, is there a need for regulation? 
  • Immersive, interactive, experiential entertainment – how are business, policy and regulation models evolving?

Chair

Ann J. LaFrance, Coordinating Partner, EMEA Communications Law; Co-Chair, Global Data Privacy & Cybersecurity, Squire Patton Boggs (UK) LLP

Speakers

  • Cornelia Kutterer, Director for Digital Policy, Europe, Middle East & Africa, Microsoft
  • Dr Jo Twist,Chief Executive Officer, The Association for UK Interactive Entertainment (Ukie)
  • Dr Jean-Paul Simon, Director, JPS Public Policy Consulting

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Breakout C1: Safety of life communications – what is the right mix of public and dedicated service?
  • Safety of life communications, traditionally served by dedicated Critical National Infrastructure networks are increasingly looking to reduce costs by utilising public networks, such as LTE
  • Are the public ready for the inevitable compromises? 
  • Could/should governments impose access obligations for “blue light” services onto cellular networks?
  • In was circumstances can commercial networks meet the needs of ‘blue light’ services?

Chair

  • Bo Andersson, PhD, Chief Economist, Swedish Post and Telecom Authority (PTS)

Speakers

  • Chris Chapman, Chairman, Australian Communications and Media Authority (ACMA)
  • Brigadier-General Manfred Blaha, Technology Advisor for National Crisis and Disaster Protection Management, Federal Ministry of the Interior, Austria; Chair of the User Committee, PSCE - Public Safety Communications Europe Forum, Belgium
  • Luis Lucatero, Chief of Regulatory Policy, IFT - Federal Institute of Telecommunications, Mexico

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End of day one
Gala Dinner : Palais Ferstel

 

thursday 9 october

Data protection, cyber security and human rights – balancing and managing policy responses, responsibilities and risks
  • Network operators find themselves at the centre of several conflated issues – post-Snowden revelations, data protection, cyber security and human rights. Comparing and contrasting the systems in place in various jurisdictions globally
  • Clarifying the responsibilities of all the players in the ecosystem - network operators, ISPs, web service companies - in terms of data collection and data use
  • Balancing privacy and security – need to know vs individual rights
  • What is due process for lawful intercept?
  • Who has responsibility when content is encrypted? 
  • Who bears the cost? Direct to government, or indirect via private companies? How to recover the costs in a competitive environment? 
  • Defining ‘necessary’ and ‘proportionate’ responses - what is the balance between protecting consumers and obeying the rules of the state?

Chair

  • Richard Hooper CBE, Chairman, Broadband Stakeholder Group; Chairman, The Copyright Hub, UK


Keynote

  • Dunja Mijatović, Representative on Freedom of the Media, Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE)

Speakers

  • Hanni Fakhoury, Staff Attorney, Electronic Frontier Foundation
  • Dr Ian Levy OBE, Technical Director, GCHQ
  • Marco Pancini, Senior Policy Counsel, Google
  • Dr Klaus M. Steinmaurer MBA, General Counsel, T-Mobile Austria GmbH

Global spectrum policy – optimising resource allocation and promoting efficiencies for broadband wireless rollout
  • Latest demand figures for spectrum based services
  • How should governments and regulators best incentivise public spectrum owners to identify and release underused spectrum?
  • What are the right “components” of an optimal auction design? 
  • Shared spectrum solutions and licensed / unlicensed paradigms – what are the benchmarks globally?
  • What additional pressure will M2M put on spectrum resources and allocation?

Chair

  • Chris Chapman, Chairman, Australian Communications and Media Authority (ACMA)

Keynote

  • Jessica Rosenworcel, Commissioner, Federal Communications Commission

Speakers

  • Ulf Pehrsson, Vice President of Government & Industry Relations, Ericsson
  • Jonathan Thompson, CEO, Digital UK

Choice of 3 Interactive Breakout Sessions
Workshop A2: Broadcasting in flux – convergence opportunities and challenges in a connected TV environment
  • What particular challenges does convergence pose for public service and commercial broadcasters? What is the remit of a public service broadcasting organisations in a converged world?
  • What are the new services to grow into? How to stay relevant to the consumer and the citizen
  • Valid concepts for today will need clearer definitions tomorrow: what is prominence - is it a matter of EPG or user interface? Who is responsible for it? 
  • The resilience of linear broadcasting: IPTV and second screening tends to add to existing viewing, not cannibalise it, but for how long may that continue?
  • New business models for broadcasters to innovate and move out of sector silos – what role for policy & regulation?

Chair

  • Michael O'Keeffe, Chief Executive, Broadcasting Authority of Ireland

Speakers

  • Magnus Brooke, Director of Policy and Regulatory Affairs, ITV plc
  • Dr Bharat Vagadia, Director Regulatory Advocacy & Policy, Ooredoo Qatar

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Workshop B2: Achieving universal broadband - considerations in emerging and mature markets
  • The cost of being on the wrong side of the “digital divide” is becoming greater all of the time, which underpins many initiatives (such as the EU2020 targets), yet a significant percentage of households are often highly expensive to reach
  • Should governments ensure those consumers get something else (e.g. satellite or LTE broadband) instead? Or leave them be? How to persuade/educate those consumers who could take up broadband, but haven’t? 
  • If broadband is truly a utility, where are the social broadband tariffs imposed by regulators/government? What evidence do we have?
  • What role does content and content creation play in expanding access and growth, particularly in developing economies?
  • What does Universal Service mean in a mobile, digital world? Minimum connectivity, speed, network coverage, quality of service – how will they be used to inform and engage consumer choices?
  • What can we learn from emerging markets?

Chair

  • Howard S.H. Shyr, Chairperson, National Communications Commission (Taiwan)

Speakers

  • Juha Ala-Mursula,Executive Director, BusinessOulu, Finland
  • Thomas M. Dailey, Vice President and General Counsel International Operations and Regulatory, Verizon Corporation
  • Nievia Ramsundar, Corporate Secretary, Telecommunications Authority of Trinidad & Tobago
  • James Filippatos, Vice President Global Public Policy, The Walt Disney Company

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Workshop C2: Copyright licensing and enforcement policy for an increasingly borderless digital environment
  • Strengthening copyright policies and conditions so they are smooth and transparent for both rights-holders and users of creative content
  • Content rights clearance and copyright challenges for policy makers and regulators, particularly in the context of the single market
  • How are content producers and distributors in emerging markets innovating to protect and monetize their content?
  • International case studies - copyright policy as a stimulus to the development of digital markets, innovation and growth

Chair

  • Cordel Green, Executive Director, Broadcasting Commission of Jamaica

Speakers

  • Michael Healy, Executive Director, International Relations, Copyright Clearance Center
  • Richard Hooper CBE, Chairman, Broadband Stakeholder Group; Chairman, The Copyright Hub, UK
  • Patrick Charnley, Consultant Legal Adviser, IFPI - representing the recording industry worldwide

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CLOSING PLENARY PANEL: Internet governance – reaching consensus?
  • Clarifying the different layers of governance and what we mean by it – what is the Internet Governance ecosystem?
  • What are the key issues for the technical community, civil society and internet users, Governments and private sector?
  • Institutions and processes have to go in the direction of greater inclusiveness and representation – with developing countries in particular – but how to avoid duplication and unnecessary layers of complication?
  • What does an effective and inclusive multi-stakeholder model look like? What changes are needed?
  • How to develop principles against which transparency can be benchmarked

Chair

  • Jean-Pierre Blais, Chairman & CEO, Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC)

Speakers

  • Jørgen Abild Andersen, Chairman, Committee on Digital Economy Policy (CDEP), The Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD)
  • Wolfgang Kleinwächter,  Professor of Internet Policy & Regulation, University of Aarhus
  • Dr Carlos Pablo Márquez Escobar, Chairman Executive Director, Commission for Communications Regulation, Colombia
  • Dr Robert Pepper, Vice President, Global Technology Policy, Cisco Systems
  • Megan Richards, Principal Adviser - DG CONNECT, European Commission

Concluding Remarks
  • Fabio Colasanti, President, International Institute of Communications 

 End of conference

 

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