Conference: Daddy, What’s a Broadcast Television Network?


You can find a full video of the conference here.

Date: Friday, November 15
Time: 8:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
Venue: George Mason University, Arlington Campus, Hazel Hall Room 120

Morning Keynote: Preston Padden, Executive Director, Expanding Opportunities for Broadcasters Coalition

Conference Agenda

8:00-8:30 am – Continental Breakfast

8:30-8:35 am – Greeting and Introductions

Prof. Thomas Hazlett, Director, Information Economy Project – Greeting and Introduction of Program

8:35-9:00 am – Morning Keynote

Preston Padden

9:00-10:30 am – Panel 1 – Retrans, Must-Carry, and Broadcast Video in the Internet Age

Mark Fratrik (BIA Kelsey)
Matthew L. Spitzer (Northwestern University Law School)
Thomas B. Nachbar (University of Virginia School of Law)
Moderator: TBD

10:30-10:40 am – Break

10:40-12:00 pm – Panel 2 – Which Way on Aereo? Which Way After Aereo?

James Grimmelmann (University of Maryland, Carey School of Law)
Steve Effros (Effros Communications)
Moderator: TBD

12:00 pm – Adjourn

Wright on Uber and New Business Models in the Online World

FTC Commissioner Joshua Wright, formerly a senior fellow at IEP, recently published an op-ed in the Washington Post about the role of competition in bringing about consumer benefits. In particular, Wright highlights the innovative business models the Internet enables in the taxi market:

A wave of creative destruction is now crashing down upon the taxicab industry. Until recently, a consumer hailed a cab on the street or telephoned a dispatch service and paid with cash. New smartphone applications such as Uber and Hailo are revolutionizing the industry by using GPS-enabled wireless devices to match consumers and drivers with the tap of a screen and a credit card payment. As is to be expected with any outbreak of creative destruction and innovation, consumers are reaping the benefits and entrenched interests are fighting back to suppress this new form of competition. The entrenched interests include not only taxicab drivers but the bodies that regulate them.

Read the whole piece here.