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On Tuesday — the same day as the scheduled US Senate confirmation hearings for Tom Wheeler, President Obama’s nominee for chairman of the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) — AEI hosted two experts to discuss telecommunication policy issues. Jonathan Nuechterlein, who was announced on Monday as the incoming general counsel for the Federal Trade Commission, and Philip J. Weiser of the University of Colorado Law School joined AEI’s Jeffrey Eisenach to preview the new edition of Nuechterlein and Weiser’s book “Digital Crossroads: Telecommunications Law and Policy in the Internet Age” (MIT Press, June 2013).

Nuechterlein and Weiser described the updates of the new edition, which include a greater focus on spectrum reform and on the emerging world of interconnection issues. They also discussed the planned incentive auctions, which they felt have significant potential yet must be properly executed.

The subject of the FCC’s structure and role was brought up multiple times, with Nuechterlein questioning the extent to which certain types of disputes should be addressed by an industry-specific agency such as the FCC, rather than by a generalist antitrust authority. Weiser concluded by pointing out the challenges facing the FCC,  underscoring the need for a new FCC culture and expanded toolkit with greater enforcement, data gathering, and independent investigations.
–Veronika Polakova

Event Description

Please join us for a preview of the revised and updated edition of Jonathan Nuechterlein and Philip Weiser’s influential 2005 book “Digital Crossroads: Telecommunications Law and Policy in the Internet Age” (MIT Press). The new edition  addresses current topics such as net neutrality, mobile wireless market structure, and the Internet protocol transition. Nuechterlein and Weiser will share their views on the Internet policy issues making headlines today with AEI’s Jeffrey Eisenach.

At the event, you will have a chance to buy a copy of the book before its official release later this summer.

If you are unable to attend, we welcome you to watch the event live on this page. Full video will be posted within 24 hours.


8:45 AM
Registration and Breakfast

9:00 AM
Jonathan Nuechterlein, WilmerHale
Philip J. Weiser, University of Colorado Law School

Jeffrey Eisenach, AEI

10:15 AM

Event Contact Information

For more information, please contact Veronika Polakova at [email protected], 202.862.4880.

Media Contact Information

For media inquiries, please contact [email protected], 202.862.5829.

Speaker Biographies

Jeffrey Eisenach has served in senior positions at the Federal Trade Commission and the US Office of Management and Budget. As a visiting scholar at AEI, he focuses on policies affecting the information technology sector, innovation, and entrepreneurship. Eisenach is also a managing director and a principal at Navigant Economics and an adjunct professor at the George Mason University School of Law, where he teaches a course on regulated industries. He writes about a wide range of issues, including industrial organization, communications policy and the Internet, government regulations, labor economics, and public finance. He has also taught at Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government and at the Virginia Polytechnic Institute.

Jonathan E. Nuechterlein is the chair of WilmerHale’s Communications, Privacy and Internet Law Practice Group. Nuechterlein’s practice focuses on appellate litigation and competition issues, particularly those arising under federal telecommunications law. From January 2000 to early 2001, Nuechterlein served as deputy general counsel of the Federal Communications Commission, and from 1996 to 2000, he was an assistant to the solicitor general in the US Department of Justice.

Philip J. Weiser is dean of the law school; Thomson Professor of Law and Telecommunications; and founder and executive director of the Silicon Flatirons Center for Law, Technology, and Entrepreneurship at the University of Colorado Boulder. From 2009 to 2010, he was deputy assistant attorney general at the US Department of Justice, and from 2010 to 2011, he was a senior adviser on technology and innovation at the National Economic Council.

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