April 17th 2015 9:00am-5:30pm the Columbia Institute for Tele-Information, in collaboration with the International Telecommunications Society, presents Back From the Ashes? A Next Generation of ICT Regulations and Their Implications at Columbia University NYC. This Event/Workshop will cover the various regulatory aspects of emerging next generation technology in the Information and Communications Technology (ICT) sector. With the recent decision by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) rules on Open Internet or “Net Neutrality,” the role of regulation in the ICT sector has once again been highlighted. The ICT sector continues to undergo significant changes: OTT services are proliferating; Google is pushing into the wireless sector and deploying fiber in selected communities; the ubiquity of WiFi is encroaching on data services offered by traditional cellular providers and some firms are attempting to displace the voice cellular services with a network of WiFi. A series of panels will examine the ICT policy implications. The event will be webcast live via the Internet Society livestream channel.
On Tuesday November 12 2013 at 12:00pm EST the Columbia Institute for Tele-Information (CITI) hosted an e-conference on Internet Governance titled: “Is There A Third Way For The Internet: Neither The US Nor The UN But Independence?” The conference asked the question “Are there models of internet governance that establish internet independence from the US without the UN or other governments expanding their influence or control? What are their advantages and disadvantages?” Speakers included:Eli Noam, Director, CITI; John Curran, President and CEO, American Registry for Internet Numbers (ARIN); Alejandro Pisanty, Director of Computing Academic Services, National Autonomous University of Mexico, ICANN Board Member; Fred Goldstein, Interisle Consulting Group, Senior Member of the IEEE; Milton Mueller, Professor, Syracuse University; Lorenzo Pupillo, Economist, Telecom Italia; Fred Golstein, Interisle Consulting Group, Senior member of the IEEE; and Robert Atkinson of CITI. Moderator was Dave Burstein of ISOC-NY. The conference was relayed via the Internet Society Chapters Webcast Channel and is archived below.
Today, Wednesday October 9 2013, the ISOC-NY TV show will present an edited version of the webcast of CITI State of Telecom 2013 at Columbia Business School on September 26 2013, which including remarks from Eli Noam, Robert Pepper, and Susan Crawford. The show, which airs from 2-3pm, may be viewed via Manhattan Cable or online via the MNN website.
What: ISOC-NY TV Show – NYC Digital Roadmap listening session in Queens Where: Manhattan Neighborhood Network When: Wednesday October 9 2013 2pm-3pm EDT | 1800-1900 UTC Manhattan Cable: TWC 56 | RCN 83 | FiOS 34 Webcast: http://www.mnn.org/live/2-lifestyle-channel
Today, Thursday September 26 2013, the Columbia Institute for Tele-Information (CITI) will host State of Telecom 2013 at Columbus Business School NYC. This year this annual conference has the theme is ‘Can Broadband Networks Handle Cloud-Based Video Media? Technology, Business Models, Market Structure, And Policy‘, and launches a multi-year, multi-discipline project on “Cloud TV” which follows CITI’s work on ultrabroadband (UBB), broadband infrastructure deployment and investment, and “over-the-top (OTT) video.
ITU Secretary-General Hamadoun Touré will deliver a lunchtime keynote. Panelists include Susan Crawford, Stephen Conroy, and Henning Schulzrinne. The event will be webcast live via the Internet Society Livestream Channel.
Today Monday February 11 2013 from noon til 2pm the Columbia Institute for Tele-Information (CITI) will host a webinar What’s Next After The Collapse of the ITU’s WCIT-12 Dubai Talks. Particpation is free but there is 200 person limit.
What: Webinar: What’s Next After The Collapse of the ITU’s WCIT-12 Dubai Talks When: Monday February 11 2013, 12 Noon – 2pm EST | 1700-1900 UTC Register: Email Jason Adam Buckweitz at email@example.com Twitter: #WCIT12 | #WCIT Panel:
Milton Mueller, Professor (Syracuse University School of Information Studies)
Sally Shipman Wentworth, Public Policy (The Internet Society)
Luigi Giambardella, Chairman – Executive Board (ETNO)
Moderator: Raul Katz, Director of Business Strategy Research, CITI Topics:
Is there anything non-controversial in the revised treaty that could be agreed upon by all countries (e.g. universal number for emergency services, greater transparency in mobile roaming prices, improvement in the energy efficiency of ICT networks)
Are we, as The Economist says, at the beginning of a “digital cold war” between signatories and non-signatories? What would the implications of a “cold war” scenario be for the future of the Internet?
Or, alternatively, are we dealing with a “too much about nothing” scenario, where after ratifications and delays, little would have changed?
How has the conference affected the future of the ITU?
Will a split regulatory scenario of the Internet affect its regional implementation?
• Robert C. Atkinson – Director of Policy Research, CITI
• Eli Noam – Director, CITI
• Yves Gassot, CEO, Digiworld byIDATE
2. Business Models for Network Operators in an OTT World
• Raul Katz – Director, Business Strategy Research, CITI
• Vincent Bonneau, Head of the Internet Department, IDATE (France)
• Jacquelynn Ruff, VP International Public Policy,Verizon (USA)
• Stephane Dufour, CSO, Swisscom (Switzerland)
• Paul Budde, Managing Director, BuddeCom (Australia)
• Yu-li Liu, Professor, National Chengchi University (Former NCC Commissioner) (Taiwan)
• Simon Wilkie – Former Chief Economist, FCC
3. Sen. Stephen Conroy, Minister for Broadband, Communications and the Digital Economy and Member of the UN Broadband Commission for Digital Development (Australia)
4. The Impact of OTT on Traditional National Networks and Media
Moderator: Judith D. O’Neill – COO, CMAS Holdings
• Gabrielle Gauthey, EVP Alcatel Lucent (France)
• Emmanuel Rochas, SVP & Head of the Strategy, Telecom France Orange (France)
• Henning Schulzrinne, Chief Technologist, FCC (USA)
• Richard S. Whitt, VP, Public Policy & Government Relations, Motorola Mobility (USA)
• Matthias Kurth, former President, Federal Network Agency (Germany)
5. Hon. Lawrence Strickling, Administrator, National Telecommunications & Information Administration (USA)
6. Regulation of Over-the-Top Services: Should National Regulation and the ITRs Be Expanded Beyond Networks to Include Applications?
Moderator: Robert Pepper, Senior Managing Director of Advanced Technology Policy, Cisco
• Roland Doll, VP International Governmental Affairs, Deutsche Telekom (Germany)
• Amb. David Gross, Wiley & Rein (former U.S. Coordinator for International Communications and Information Policy, Department of State) (USA)
• Leonard J. Cali, SVP, Global Public Policy, AT&T (USA)
• Chris Libertelli, Head of Global Public Policy, Netflix (USA)
• Carlos Raul Gutierrez, President of the Council – SUTEL (Costa Rica)
• Mark Cooper, Director of Research, Consumer Federation of America
• Sally Wentworth, Senior Manager of Public Policy, Internet Society
• David J. Farber, Trustee, Internet Society
7. Hamadoun Touré, Secretary-General of the International Telecommunication Union (ITU)
8. Financial Implications and Investor Reactions
Moderator: Robert C. Atkinson
• Craig Moffett, Senior Analyst, Bernstein Research (USA)
• Lorenzo Pupillo, Executive Director, Public & Regulatory Affairs, Telecom Italia (Italy)
• François Barrault, Chairman, IDATE (France)
The Columbia Institute for Tele-Information (CITI) and Georgetown University’s Communication Culture and Technology Program will present a one day confrence THE NATIONAL BROADBAND PLAN: One Year Later at Georgetown University in Washington, DC on Friday, March 18. Details as to the agenda and location will be available soon. Please save the date.
The FCC’s National Broadband Plan was released on March 16, 2010. It laid out a number of ambitious long-term goals, including that 100 million US households would have affordable access to 100mbps broadband service within a decade and that the US should be the world leader on mobile broadband innovation with the fastest and most extensive wireless networks of any nation. After a year, is the Plan “on track”? What is the state of broadband in America in 2011? What has been accomplished and what are the major next steps in the implementation of the Plan? Have any of the facts, circumstances and analyses that underlie the NBP changed in such a way that the Plan itself needs to be amended? How will the Plan be administered and updated over the next decade?
The Columbia Institute for Tele-Information (CITI) “State of Telecom” conference will be held on October 15 at the Columbia Business School, Davis Auditorium in the Shapiro Center (just behind Uris Hall). This year’s focus will be on “Matching Supply and Demand for the Next Generation of Broadband.” The conference will be a “Trans-Atlantic Dialog” co-organized with IDATE of France so the topic will be explored from a global perspective.
Advancing Community Broadband: A Summer Discussion Series
The purpose of the Advancing Community Broadband: A Summer Discussion Series is to generate a conversation now that a number of concerned parties in New York have gone through the experience of developing broadband stimulus proposals in the first round and in the case of DOITT and DOE have been successfully funded. The idea is that once a month, a group of stakeholders will come together to discuss their thinking around the broadband stimulus, the National Broadband Plan and where they think broadband in America is headed. The meetings will be organized as a half-day forum, hosted on the campus of Columbia University.
Each half-day forum will revolve around a core theme with interrelated subthemes. The group will have in attendance speakers who will share their thoughts and ideas on the theme as a way to start a robust conversation under the broad thematic area. The discussion will be captured on video, audio and by digital still photograph as well as in written form by student rapporteurs.
The next meeting will be held on the campus of Columbia University at the Rm 520, Mudd Building, Foundation School of Engineering and Applied Science. (More …)
* Blair Levin, Executive Director of the National Broadband Plan at the FCC;
* Simon Flannery, Managing Director at Morgan Stanley;
* David Don, Senior Director, Public Policy at Comcast Corp.;
* Dan Margolis, attorney with Garvey Schubert Barer;
* Anna-Maria Kovacs, President of Regulatory Source Associates, LLC;
* Larry Darby of the American Consumer Institute;
* Harold Feld, Legal Director of Public Knowledge;
* James Grimmelmann of the Institute for Information Law and Policy at the New York Law School;
* Raul Katz, Professor at the Columbia Business School; and
* Chris Libertelli, Senior Director of Government and Regulatory Affairs for Skype
The FCC tasked the Columbia Institute for Tele-Information (CITI) to do “an
analysis of the public statements of companies as to their future plans to
deploy and upgrade broadband networks as well as an historical evaluation of
the relationship between previous such announcements and actual deployment”.
The FCC adds that the focus is on data analysis of “investment plans and
deployment figures of upgraded broadband infrastructure in this century.”
CITI’s historical evaluation only goes back to 2004. After talking to CITI
we decided to create a separate report to cover fiber optic promises for
the period of 1990-2004 because, in many states, the changes in state laws
are still on the books for deployments and there have been current rate
increases based on the previous fiber optic based-broadband deregulation.
It is clear that billions of dollars have already been collected in most
states for broadband upgrades of the Public Switched Telephone Networks, the
utilities. If it didn’t go into the ground in the form of fiber, where did
it all go?
Besides the raising of local rates now being diverted to other lines of
business, from FIOS and U-Verse to even wireless, there are the various
taxes and surcharges, including the state and federal Universal Service
funding or state based funds, such as the California Advanced Services Fund.
None of these funds have been examined as a group, much less in specifics.
If customers are still paying through local rates and tax perks to upgrade
the essential facilities, shouldn’t the FCC be investigating ALL funding
sources and then determining whether the issues, such as cross-subsidization
of the ‘interstate information products’ or giving USF funding to companies
who do not ‘need’ the money to be profitable, be examined before the FCC
determines it needs to raise the Universal Service fund or give other
financial incentives to pay for broadband?
The FCC claims it wants a data-driven policy. We supplied the data — It’s
now the FCC’s turn.
As part of the FCC’s development of the National Broadband Plan, the Commission requested two independent studies, one from Harvard’s Berkman Center on the existing studies about broadband deployment throughout the world, and the other from CITI on projected deployment of new and upgraded broadband networks. The CITI report, “Broadband in America: Where It Is and Where It is Going,” is authored by Bob Atkinson, Director of Policy Research, and Ivy Schultz, Manager of Research.
On December 10, the FCC will hold a workshop in the Commission Meeting Room where the authors of the two studies will provide an overview of their findings. The review of the Berkman report will start at 1:00pm, and CITI’s report start at about 1:45pm.
More information and registration details can be found here.