The Quello Center has a unique collection of speeches, statements, audio and video recordings, and other documents from James H. Quello’s decades in the Federal Communications Commission (FCC). We are developing a proposal to convert these documents and video recordings to an openly accessible digital collection, and invite colleagues and students who wish to gain experience in digital archiving to join us. We would welcome expressions of interest, tips on current technique, and recommendations of experts we should consult.
Understanding US Regulation Across Language and Cultural Boundaries by Avshalom Ginosar
One American law professor, two representatives of SK Telcom from Korea, and one Israeli visiting scholar at MSU … It might sound like the beginning of an old joke (at least in Hebrew). But it is not! These were the four participants in the last meeting of the Quello / MSU Law VIPP Seminar, organized for our Korean visitors. The host was Prof. Adam Candeub from the College of Law at MSU and the talk was in two parts, focused on the topics of “US Internet and Content Regulation” and “US Spectrum Management”.
Prof. Candeub is certainly an excellent choice for such a meeting and for these particular topics. He is not just a professor of Law and the Director of the IP & Communication Law Program, but he also served as an attorney-advisor for the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), and as a litigation associate for a big firm in Washington D.C. So, I am sure that I have already convinced you that Prof. Candeub was the right man in the right place, at least professionally. However, he was the right man with regards to other aspect as well. Try to imagine: one of the Korean guys asks the professor a question, his English is not so clear to me and I think that it is the same for Prof. Candeub. However, the professor very patiently listens, thinks, and finally succeeds in understanding the question. Then, he has to explain it to me. A few minutes later, this scenario is repeated, but this time, the question is mine, and the American and the two Koreans make a serious effort to understand my English. Finally, the Professor of Law succeeds again. I cannot tell how many times such events occur, but there were several such embarrassing moments during our meeting. Prof. Candeub was patient and kind throughout the two-hour meeting. Did I mention that he was the right man in the right place and the right time?
As to the content of the seminar: we talked a lot about the FCC, about the connection between regulation and politics in the US (just to remind you that the FCC is an INDEPENDENT agency), about the history of American telecommunication regulation, about spectrum allocation, about pricing and financing, and yes – about Internet regulation as well. The Comcast-Netflix issue was an enlightening example for the discussion and I learnt a new phrase in regulatory policy and practice: “commercial reasonability”. Prof. Candeub well summarized the issue by saying: “The Internet is very difficult to regulate”. Ah, yes, we spoke about content regulation in the US as well. I learnt that there is very little to say about it here in the USA. In my country, Israel, this is THE issue nowadays.
See you at the next meeting of the VIPP seminar.
East Lansing, Michigan
David Bray, the CIO of the FCC, will deliver at Quello Lecture on ‘Digital Age Public Service and Information Leadership: Opportunities, Challenges, and Prospects‘ on March 27th for the Quello Center in association with the Annual Conference of the International Telecommunications and Education Research Association (ITERA). The talk will be held at the Crown Plaza National Airport Hotel in Arlington, Virginia, in the late morning, tentatively set for 11:00 am – 12:00 pm.
David was a Visiting Doctoral Student at the Oxford Internet Institute when Bill Dutton was Director, enabling them to work together on a project focused on collaborative or distributed problem-solving with Paul David and others at the OII. Dr. Bray currently serves as the Chief Information Officer (CIO) for the Federal Communications Commission but began working on computer simulations for the U.S. Department of Energy at age 15, to later design new telemedicine interfaces and space-based forest fire forecasting prototypes for the Department of Defense. In 2000, he joined as IT Chief for the Bioterrorism Preparedness and Response Program at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, leading the program’s technology response to 9/11, anthrax in 2001, Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome, and other international emergencies. He later completed a PhD in Information Systems from Emory University and two post-doctoral associateships at MIT and Harvard. In 2009, Dr. Bray volunteered in 2009 to deploy to Afghanistan to help “think differently” on military and humanitarian issues and in 2010 became a Service Executive advocating for information interoperability, cybersecurity, and protection of civil liberties. In 2012, Dr. Bray became the Executive Director for the bipartisan National Commission for Review of Research and Development Programs of the United States Intelligence Community, later receiving the National Intelligence Exceptional Achievement Medal. He received both the Arthur S. Flemming Award and Roger W. Jones Award for Executive Leadership in 2013, and currently serves as term member of the Council on Foreign Relations and as an Oxford Martin Visiting Fellow.
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The Quello Center organised a DC Policy Forum about the future of the FCC and its role in the regulation of digital media. Moderated by Richard Wiley, the panel featured individuals with years of experience in the regulation of communication in a discussion that ranged across a wide array of issues.
Rachelle Chong – Commissioner Chong had the honor of serving with Jim Quello as a colleague from 1994-1997 on the Federal Communications Commission.
Michael J. Copps – Michael J. Copps served two terms as a Member of the Federal Communications Commission, from 2001 through 2011—the seventh longest-serving Commissioner in the history of the agency.
Susan Ness – Senior Fellow at Johns Hopkins University’s SAIS Center for Transatlantic Relations, Susan Ness is a former FCC commissioner (1994 – 2001) and founder of Susan Ness Strategies, a communications policy consulting firm.
Michael K. Powell – Michael K. Powell is the President and CEO of the National Cable & Telecommunications Association.
Henry M. Rivera – Henry M. Rivera, a partner with Wiley Rein, LLP, specializes in representing companies before the Federal Communications Commission, Congress, the Commerce Department and the White House.
Monday of this week would have been Jim Quello’s 100th birthday. For 23½ years as a Commissioner, including nearly a year as Acting Chairman, Jim helped the FCC and the United States chart a path through a period, when like today, rapid changes in the communications sector and its core technologies posed challenges to established regulatory paradigms. Jim’s 100th birthday is an opportune time to reflect again on the FCC’s role in communications policy and how the Commission might best help the U.S. reap the benefits from technological advances in the communications sector.
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Sponsor: MSU Intellectual Property, Information & Communications Law Program
FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski announced today the appointment of Steven Wildman to the position of FCC Chief Economist. Professor Wildman, an expert on communications and media issues, will commence his role in January 2013. Chairman Genachowski said, “I’m very pleased that Steve will be joining the Commission. He has a stellar record as an economist and has conducted important research on broadband adoption and spectrum management, among other topics. The Chief Economist’s role and office are critical to the agency’s work and its understanding of complex economic issues related to the communications sector. “I would also like to commend and thank our outgoing Chief Economist Marius Schwartz. Marius was an outstanding Chief Economist, who applied his deep economic expertise and problem solving abilities daily to our most challenging initiatives. The Commission has relied heavily on his input and analysis to make key decisions, and his work substantially bolstered the FCC’s economic capabilities.”
Wildman will take over as Chief Economist from Schwartz, who is returning to his prior role as a Professor of Economics at Georgetown University. Wildman’s teaching and research focus on economics, law and policy across the communications industry, and the impact of information technologies on the organization of economic activities. He has conducted detailed research on broadband adoption examining infrastructure cost structures and demand in rural and underserved areas. He has also studied the efficiency properties of alternative spectrum governance regimes and network interconnection policy.
He has held numerous fellowships and received prominent awards, including the Information and Telecommunications Education and Research Association Distinguished Research Award, the Journal of Media Economics Award of Honor for Scholarly Contributions, and the McGannon Award for Social and Ethical Relevance in Communications Policy Research.
Prior to joining Michigan State University, Wildman was an Associate Professor at Northwestern University’s Department of Communications Studies. He has also worked at the University of California’s Department of Economics. Wildman holds a Ph.D in Economics from Stanford University, as well as an M.A. and a B.A. degree in Economics from Stanford University and Wabash College respectively.
November 11 & 12, 2011, Georgetown University, Washington, DC
For a large and growing portion of the population, social media of various types have become an integral part of daily life, and businesses based on social media have become a major economic force. Given their pervasive influence on institutions and society, it is time to start developing a more comprehensive framework to guide policy responses to the challenges raised by social media, which to this point have been addressed piecemeal as they become salient.
This workshop is designed to stimulate thinking on what such a framework might look like, examining:
(1) Legal and policy issues raised by the new and unique attributes of social media, and
(2) The implications of social media for attainment of traditional communications policy goals
Panelists will address a variety of topics relating to policy for social media including (but not limited to):
Social media analytics and targeted advertising
Gaming and virtual worlds
First Amendment and free speech
The protection of children
Media content diversity
Panelists will include:
Michael Altschul – CTIA
Marvin Ammori – New America Foundation
Johannes Bauer – Michigan State University
Ryan Calo – Stanford University
Adam Candeub – MSU
Barbara Cherry – Indiana University
Lorrie Faith Cranor – Carnegie Mellon University
Laura DeNardis – American University
Nicolas Economides – NYU
Joshua Fairfield – Washington and Lee University
Edward Felton (Luncheon keynote address) – FTC
Rob Frieden – Penn State University
Jon Garon – Northern Kentucky University
James Grimmelmann – New York Law School
Matt Jackson – Penn State
Paul Jaeger – University of Maryland
Greg Lastowka – Rutgers University
Peder Magee – FTC
Kathryn Montgomery – American University
Phil Napoli – Fordham University
Arvind Narayanan – Stanford University
Christena Nippert-Eng – Illinois Institute of Technology
Frank Pasquale – Seton Hall University
Amit Schejter – Penn State University
Junichi Semitsu – University of San Diego
Robert Sprague – University of Wyoming
Peter Swire – Ohio State
Adam Thierer – George Mason University
Eugene Volokh – University of California, Los Angeles
Joshua Wright – George Mason University