Meeting of the Minds: Telecom Policy Research at TPRC41

Leading academics and policy researchers who study the internet and telecom gather every year for the Telecom Policy Research Conference at George Mason University.  This year marked the 41st gathering.

There was an exciting discussion about whether common carriage is still relevant as well as a panel marking the 30th anniversary of the publication of Technologies of Freedom, Ithiel de Sola Pool’s masterpiece predicting the world’s connected information society.

I attended the event and here are my impressions of the highlights

Engineers show us the way

The FCC Crowdsources Research Questions

Fixed and mobile networks go together

The US has succeeded in mobile because of market principles

Look to the young and old for the future of the internet

A good overview of the conference can be found in an article titled Policy Unwired by Richard Bennett, veteran network engineer turned network policy consultant.