Faculty member co-chairs telecommunications conference

A faculty member in the College of Communications served as co-chair of one of the world’s largest conferences for telecommunications companies, consultants and scholars this week.

Richard Taylor, a professor who holds the prestigious Palmer Chair and serves as co-director of the Penn State Institute for Information Policy and as a Fellow of the E-Business Research Center, co-chaired the annual conference of the Pacific Telecommunications Council (PTC) in Hawaii.

A six-day event, the PTC conference draws more than 1,000 registered attendees — a mix of company officials, consultants, lawyers and scholars. Workshops, speakers, panels and lectures during the conference touched on a wide variety of topics from an overall theme of “Collaborating for Change.”

Taylor has directed major research projects and published widely on the implications of investment in information technology on economic development in the Asia-Pacific region. He has some 35 years of experience in the telecommunications field, and his scholarly work has primarily been in understanding the impact of investment in information technologies.

Taylor is active nationally and internationally in research, publishing and consulting. He has been a speaker at academic, governmental, legal and corporate meetings in the telecommunications, cable television, broadcasting and publishing industries, as well as a consultant to nonprofit groups including regulators, educators and librarians. He has organized and chaired a number of major conferences on topics relating to information technology and development and electronic commerce.

Taylor is a member of the American Bar Association, the New York State Bar Association, and the Federal Communications Bar Association. He is a past member of the boards of the PTC and the Telecommunications Policy Research Conference. Before joining the faculty at Penn State in 1989, he was vice president and corporate counsel for Warner Cable Communications, and from 1993 to 1998 was an outside member of the board of PrimeStar Partners, Ltd., a satellite television broadcasting company.
 

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Last Updated November 18, 2010