Research center, FCC collaborate for academic conference

WASHINGTON, D.C. -- A Penn State research center and the Federal Communications Commission are co-sponsoring a workshop about the future of broadband regulation that will be conducted May 29-30 at FCC headquarters in Washington, D.C.

The Institute for Information Policy (IIP), a research center in the College of Communications, organized the two-day workshop that will bring together about 40 academicians, policymakers and regulatory staff to present and discuss cutting-edge research on broadband regulation.

The U.S. National Broadband Plan envisions the transition of the U.S. telecommunications infrastructure to a ubiquitous IP-based broadband network. Researchers at the workshop will discuss the emerging broadband ecosystem and what its policy framework should look like after the transition is completed.

“To the best of our knowledge, this is the first time the FCC is hosting an academic workshop on FCC premises,” said Krishna Jayakar, an associate professor in the Department of Telecommunications and co-director of the IIP. “We’re excited about the opportunity, and about the potential discussions and related research.”

The workshop program and abstracts of the papers to be presented are available at online. After the workshop, presenters will be invited to submit their articles to the Journal of Information Policy -- an open access, peer-reviewed research journal published online by the IIP and dedicated to timely policy research that addresses contemporary challenges and connects researchers to policy makers.

The IIP workshop is the eighth in a series of bi-annual workshops made possible through a multi-year grant from the Ford Foundation. Previous workshops have been conducted with a number of partner institutions, including: the New America Foundation, Columbia University, Fordham University, and the University of Pennsylvania.

The IIP conducts sponsored research and self-funded programs on the social implications of information technology, with an emphasis on the potential of information technologies for improving democratic discourse, social responsibility and quality of life. Jayakar and Amit Schejter, an associate professor in the Department of Telecommunications, serve as co-directors. Richard Taylor, the Palmer Chair in Telecommunications Studies, is co-director emeritus.

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Last Updated May 29, 2014