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Federal Communications Policy in 2017: New Players and New Directions Wednesday, Webcast on April 12, 2017 2:00 P.M. EDT


Soon after there‘s a change in the political party of the White House resident there’s usually a switch in the identities and political party of those heading federal agencies – including the Federal Communications Commission (FCC).  FCC Chairman Ajit Pai is in the process of putting his stamp on FCC policies, rules and initiatives.  How will he alter – or continue – the regulatory paths of his predecessor?  Will there be new winners and losers?  And, if so, who or what will they be?What’s the regulatory philosophy of the “new” FCC – now and as additional commissioners are nominated and confirmed to join the agency?   And how is this developing philosophy being applied to hot button issues such as “net neutrality,” digital privacy and the regulation and pricing of business broadband services?  In what fashion will Chairman Pai’s stated principles of regulatory transparency and fact-based analysis affect FCC decision making.   And what will be the details of the Pai FCC’s efforts to close the digital divide in urban and rural areas, to encourage technical innovation in over-the-air broadcasting and other communications services, to protect consumers and to enhance public safety?The Digital Policy Institute, on Wednesday, April 12th at 2:00 P.M. EDT, provided answers to these questions and more in a webinar discussion featuring a panel of esteemed legal, policy, and regulatory experts on the communications policy priorities at the Pai FCC, on Capitol Hill and in the Administration.


PANELISTS INCLUDED:Steve Pociask, President and CEO, American Consumer Institute.Lawrence J. Spiwak, President, Phoenix Center for Advanced Legal and Economic Public Policy Studies.Shane Tews, Visiting Fellow, American Enterprise Institute’s Center for Internet, Communications, and Technology Policy.Moderator: Barry Umansky, Senior Research Fellow and Senior Policy Counsel at the Digital Policy Institute and Professor of Telecommunications at Ball State University.