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Programme

MONDAY 6 OCTOBER

WELCOME ADDRESS
  • Mag. Johannes Gungl, President, RTR 

 ADAPTING REGULATION TO A DIGITAL WORLD
  • Should communications regulators really be information technology regulators?
  • Are the traditional objectives of regulation such as lowering prices, increasing choice, universal access redundant in a digital world?
  • Are the values of public service broadcasting carried forward into the digital world, and do we still need regulation to safeguard them?
  • Does the increasingly converged world of the TMT (telecommunications, media and technology) sector demand converged regulation?

Moderator

  • Dr Wolfgang Feiel, Director, Legal Department, RTR, Austria

Speakers

  • Leong Keng Thai, Deputy Chief Executive and Director-General (Telecoms & Post), InfoComm Development Authority of Singapore (IDA)
  • Dr Annegret Groebel, Head of Department International Relations / Postal Regulation, Federal Network Agency (BNetzA), Germany
  • Nomvuyiso Batyi, Councillor, Independent Communications Authority of South Africa (ICASA)

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 CONSOLIDATION & COMPETITION 
  • Are the issues the same for converged markets as they were for telecommunications or media?
  • Is more always better? Should regulators be encouraging new entrants – against which criteria?
  • What is the pattern of change and how can the regulator remain flexible enough to respond? 
  • Dealing across borders – how can the NRA respond?

Moderator

  • Dr Wolfgang Feiel, Director, Legal Department, RTR, Austria

Speakers

  • Eliza Lee, Director-General of Communications, Office of the Communications Authority, Hong Kong SAR
  • Domagoj Jurjević, Deputy President of Council, Croatian Regulatory Authority for Network Industries

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  • Kent Stewart, Bermuda Regulatory Authority 
  • Jeremy Godfrey, Commissioner, ComReg, Ireland

 HOW CAN THE REGULATOR BALANCE CONCERNS ABOUT THE USE OF DATA VS. THE DESIRE FOR ECONOMIC PROGRESS?
  • Concerns about privacy, the protection of personal information, freedom of expression – are they part of one continuum? And will they stifle economic growth?
  • Jurisdictional issues – where there is another body that deals with the above issues, what models can be applied – and are they successful?
  • Does a desire for freedom of expression require interoperability and interconnection?
  • Where does the protection of minors and other vulnerable groups sit?
  • The efficacy of labelling and other systems

Moderator

  • Dr Wolfgang Feiel, Director, Legal Department, RTR, Austria

Speakers

  • Marc Furrer, President, Swiss Federal Communications Commission
  • Dato' Mohamed Sharil Mohamed Tarmizi, Chairman, Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Commission
  • Cordel Green, Executive Director, Broadcasting Commission, Jamaica

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  • Madeleine De Cock Buning, President of the Board of Commissioners, Commissariaat voor de Media (Dutch media authority); Vice-Chair of the European Regulators Group for Audiovisual Media Services (ERGA)

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 CULTURAL PROTECTION IN A CONVERGED WORLD?
  • National values vs. global content
    • Models to encourage domestic production in a globalised environment
  • OTT or Content and application providers – issues raised for the regulator
  • Social media/apps – whose responsibility?
  • Access to content and piracy – interoperability and legality
  • The regulation of connected TV – hardware, software, delivery – and pricing.

Moderator

  • Jean-Pierre Blais, Chairperson, CRTC, Canada

Speakers

  • Masego Mpotokwane, Chairman, Botswana Communications Regulatory Authority
  • Dr Judhariksawan, Chairman, Indonesian Broadcasting Commission (KPI)
  • Francine Mariani-Ducray, Board Member, CSA, France

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  • Bernardo Herman, Director General, Conseil Supérieur de l'Audiovisuel, Belgium

END OF DAY ONE
WELCOME DINNER – GLACIS BEISL, VIENNA

 

TUESDAY 7 OCTOBER

HOW SHOULD REGULATORS MAINTAIN A BALANCE BETWEEN PUBLIC GOOD, SOCIAL GOOD AND ECONOMIC GOOD?
  • What is the regulator’s role regarding the consumer? Is that the same for ‘the citizen’? And is the ‘public interest’ always the same as the citizen’s interest?
  • For which issues do we need the regulator? Why? Issues to be considered could include: 
    • Spectrum allocation
    • Pricing and affordability
    • Universal service
    • Right to access information
    • Emergency services
    • Compliance and redress
    • What else?
  • What models of regulation serve all the regulator’s constituents the best?

Moderator

  • Dr Dieter Staudacher, Senior Legal Expert, International Relations and ICT, RTR, Austria

Speakers

  • Göran Marby, Director General, Swedish Post and Telecom Authority (PTS)
  • Adolfo Cuevas Teja, Commissioner, IFT - Federal Institute of Communications, Mexico
  • Colonel Dr Natee Sukonrat, Vice-Chairman, National Broadcasting and Telecommunications Commission of Thailand
  • Jessica Rosenworcel, Commissioner, FCC, USA

INFRASTRUCTURE ISSUES
  • Looking for sustainability – is competition always the right answer?
  • Are calls for a level regulatory playing field realistic in a digital age?
    • For the delivery of content 
    • For the delivery of voice
    • For the delivery of data
  • Which regulatory measures foster investment?
    • Financial incentives – is there a place for public funding?
    • Regulatory holidays – do they work?
  • Models to ensure that the backbone infrastructure is built to last – how key is competition?
  • Fixed or mobile or WiFi or?? Can one model of regulation fit the requirements of society, industry and government?

Moderator

  • Steve Gettings, Director of International Affairs, Ofcom – Office of Communications, UK

Speakers

  • Fátima H Barros, President, Autoridad Nacional de Comunicaciones (ANACOM), Portugal
  • Dr Rahul Khullar, Chairman, Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI)
  • Professor Marcello Cardani, President, AGCOM, Italy

 END OF CONFERENCE
OPENING RECEPTION FOR THE IIC 45TH ANNUAL CONFERENCE – HOSTED BY THE MAYOR OF VIENNA AT THE RATHAUS (TOWN HALL)

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