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Programme

Monday 5 / tuesday 6 OCTOBER 2015

Hosted by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC)
445 12th Street, SW, Washington, DC 20554,USA

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WELCOME
  • Ruth Milkman, Chief of Staff, FCC
Session 1: Regulatory innovation: evolving for change
  • Does the modern-day regulator have the appropriate tools and flexibility in their regulatory toolkit?
  • How can the regulator effectively enforce its policies and undertakings?
  • Are the traditional objectives of regulation such as encouraging sustainable competition to lower prices, increasing choice, promoting efficient investment, ensuring universal access now redundant, or will certain issues always remain?
  • Is regulation fit for purpose to safeguard areas where market failure might otherwise occur (such as in some areas of broadcasting)?

Chair 

  • Jessica Rosenworcel, Commissioner, Federal Communications Commission

Speakers

  • Göran Marby, Director General, Swedish Post and Telecom Authority
  • Chris Chapman, Chairman, Australian Communications and Media Authority 
  • R S Sharma, Chairman, Telecom Regulatory Authority of India

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Session 2: Competition and market failure
  • Should categories of broadcasting content on free to air television such as news and current affairs or local language content be sheltered – by whom? with what?
  • New waves of consolidation – the recreation of monopolies in telecommunications? Cross market considertaions?
  • Where are the modern monopolies? Does the communications regulator have a role in regulating them?
  • How long should the regulator hold back – is there an appropriate time for regulatory forbearance and how can this be judged?
  • What metrics can the regulator use to evaluate the economic and social benefits of its regulation?

Chair

  • Ajit Pai, Commissioner, Federal Communications Commission

Panel

  • Jean-Pierre Blais, Chairman & CEO, Canadian Radio-television & Telecommunications Commission
  • Fatima Barros, Chair of the Board, Autoridade Nacional de Comunicações (ANACOM), Portugal; BEREC Chair 2015
  • Nester Antonio P Monroy, Regional Director, National Telecommunications Commission, Region VI, Philippines
  • Dr Carlos Baigorri, Superintendent of Competition, National Agency of Telecommunications (ANATEL), Brazil

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Session 3: Consumer and citizen protection in a convergent world
  • With content available over many platforms so many channels, is there still a need to protect the citizen from certain types of material? All citizens or just sub-groups?
  • Protection of minors and the vulnerable – what does this mean in a global world?
  • What are the regulatory mechanisms used to address issues such as:The importance of trust
    • Illegal content
    • Online advertising / Pop ups etc
    • Spam
  • How does a national regulator deal with transglobal suppliers (cloud computing)? Does the concept of permanent establishment hold?

Chair

  • Philip Verveer, Senior Counselor, Federal Communications Commission

Panel

  • Bernardo Herman, Director General, Conseil Supérieur de l'Audiovisuel, Belgium
  • Dr Natee Sukonrat, Vice Chairman, National Broadcasting and Telecommunications Commission of Thailand
  • Godfrey Mutabazi, Executive Director, Uganda Communications Commission
  • Professor Angelo Marcello Cardani, President, Autorità per le Garanzie nelle Comunicazioni (AGCOM), Italy

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Session 4: Reducing the digital divide, increasing access
  • The regulator’s role as market participant, as operator or as funder, in enabling access to modern communications
  • How does the regulator ensure content is accessible to all citizens, especially those that may face barriers to access?
  • Financial incentives – is there a place for public funding?

Chair

  • Mignon Clyburn, Commissioner, Federal Communications Commission

Panel

  • Marc Furrer, President, Swiss Federal Communications Commission
  • Gabriel Lim, Chief Executive Officer, Media Development Authority, Singapore
  • William Mathew Tevie, Ag. Director General, National Communications Authority (NCA), Ghana
  • Nader Khalil, Director of Universal Services, National Telecom Regulatory Authority, Egypt

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End of day one
Dinner

Session 5: Regulating the unregulated : OTT, Social Media, Apps
  • How does the converged regulator balance the regulation of service and platforms independently of content with its role as content regulator?
  • Should OTT service providers be licensed?
  • Social media/apps – whose responsibility?
  • Advertising – on vs. off line
  • Access to content and dealing with piracy

Chair

  • Michael O’Rielly, Commissioner, Federal Communications Commission

Panel

  • Monica Arino, Director of International Affairs, Office of Communications, UK
  • Katherine Yi-Ning Chen, Commissioner, National Communications Commission, Taiwan
  • Adriana Labardini, Commissioner, Instituto Federal de Telecomunicaciones, Mexico

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Session 6: Spectrum
  • Spectrum allocation and re-allocation - licensing mechanisms
  • Economies of scale and models to ensure efficient use of spectrum
  • Licensed vs. non-licensed; fixed vs mobile– what are the issues raised for regulators?
  • The role of spectrum in ensuring the digital divide is reduced.

Chair

  • Mindel De La Torre, Chief of the International Bureau, FCC

Panel

  • Eliza Lee, Director-General of Communications, Office of the Communications Authority, Hong Kong PRC
  • Nomvuyiso Batyi, Councillor, Independent Communications Authority of South Africa Dr Wilhelm Eschweiler, Vice President, Federal Network Agency for Electricity, Gas, Telecommunication, Post and Railway, Germany
  • Dr Wilhelm Eschweiler, Vice President, Federal Network Agency for Electricity, Gas, Telecommunication, Post and Railway, Germany

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CLOSING REMARKS
  • Tom Wheeler, Chairman, Federal Communications Commission

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Close of 2016 IIC International Regulators Forum
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