Setting the Communications Policy Agenda for the Next Administration is the resulting report, synthesizing the ideas and recommendations that emerged during the conference. It explores areas where the new Administration should focus its efforts concerning communications policy. Recommendations include:
- Promoting Inclusion and Expanding Opportunities. Participants recommended expanding access, addressing the problem of affordability and spurring adoption and use. This includes addressing the problem of inadequate investment in rural broadband. Participants also called for improved marketing efforts for programs provided by major telecom providers that offer discount broadband access for low-income consumers.
- Supporting Innovation and Infrastructure. Recommendations included encouraging public/private collaborations, providing tax incentives for investments in infrastructure, continued efforts to provide additional spectrum, and the need for the US government to protect innovation from international threats.
- Building a Trust Environment. The final set of recommendations focused on addressing threats to cybersecurity and privacy. Participants also called for a unitary framework for privacy protection that is both comprehensive and comprehensible.
In addition to Chairman Wheeler, the conference included the participation of senior-level executives and scholars, such as FCC Commissioner Mignon Clyburn; David Quinalty, Republican Policy Director for Communications and Telecom, U.S. Senate Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation, United States Senate; David Redl, Chief Counsel, Communications and Technology, House Committee on Energy and Commerce, United States House of Representatives; R. David Edelman, Special Assistant to the President for Economic and Technology Policy; and other experts in the fields of telecommunications law and policy.
Participants from businesses who attended include: AT&T, Charter, Cisco Systems, Comcast, Dodge and Cox, Emmis, Google, Intel Corporation, Ligado Networks, Microsoft, Netflix, New Street Research, Nielsen, T-Mobile USA, Vanu, Inc., Verizon, and The Walt Disney Company, all of which are sponsors of the Communications and Society Program.
The report is available online at as.pn/commpolicy or by contacting the Aspen Institute Communications and Society Program at (202) 736-5818 or at firstname.lastname@example.org. Earlier reports in the Aspen Institute Conference on Communications Policy series are also available at csreports.aspeninstitute.org.
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