ITIF Event: What's on the Agenda for the New FCC?

April 18, 2013


WASHINGTON (April 18, 2013) - With the departure of Federal Communications Commission (FCC) Chairman Julius Genachowski and Commissioner Robert McDowell, the agency will be resetting its goals for this year and the next, settling open issues, and possibly opening new inquiries. The new Chairperson will be tasked with shaping this agenda, while also dealing with the continued impact of mobile communication, new media and the Internet on traditional communications law and rulemaking.

The Information Technology and Innovation Foundation (ITIF) will host a discussion among a distinguished panel of experts to analyze the current path of the agency and propose a future policy agenda. "What's on the Agenda for the New FCC" will be held from 9:00 AM to 10:30 AM, Thursday, April 25 at ITIF, 1101 K Street NW, Suite 610. The event will be webcast live.

"Numerous telecommunications policy issues, including the transition to all-IP networks, spectrum allocation, high speed broadband deployment and adoption, and net neutrality, still need to be addressed and the resolutions will have a significant impact on innovation and economic development," notes Rob Atkinson, President of ITIF. "This event seeks to examine these challenges and provide the next Chair with a workable framework that will help spur the continued development of telecommunications in the United States."

Event participants include: Rick Chessen, Senior Vice President for Law and Regulatory Policy, NCTA; Christopher Guttman-McCabe, Vice President for Regulatory Affairs at CTIA-The Wireless Association; Blair Levin, Communications and Society Fellow with the Aspen Institute; Randolph May, President of the Free State Foundation; and Gigi Sohn, President of Public Knowledge. 

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The Information Technology and Innovation Foundation (ITIF) is a Washington, D.C.-based think tank at the cutting edge of designing innovation strategies and technology policies to create economic opportunities and improve quality of life in the United States and around the world. Founded in 2006, ITIF is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit, non-partisan organization that documents the beneficial role technology plays in our lives and provides fact-based analysis and pragmatic ideas for improving technology-driven productivity, boosting competitiveness, and meeting today's global challenges through innovation. For additional information, visit ITIF at