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How to Modernize Communications Law for American Consumers

Please don’t miss my new white paper that I will present Friday at a NetCompetition Capitol Hill event with the following well-known experts responding: Gene Kimmelman of Public Knowledge; Jeff Eisenach of the American Enterprise Institute; Mark Cooper of the Consumer Federation of America; and Hal Singer of the Progressive Policy Institute. (Event details are below for anyone who wishes to attend.)

The white paper -- “Thinking and Starting Anew: Modernizing Communications Law for American Consumers” -- has a simple but critically important premise: that consumers and not technology should be the organizing principle of any update of the Communications Act  

I believe you will find the two contrasting graphics particularly helpful:

  • First, is a visual representation of the problem of technology-based communications law as an unstable foundation of temporary, shifting and obsolete layers based on static tech/market assumptions.
  • Second, is a visual representation of the solution of consumer-centric communications law as a lasting foundation of enduring American consumer values that fosters the dynamism of innovation, competition and growth.

It also presents the main consumer harms of technology-based communications law; and concludes with a high-level summary of why the law needs modernizing.


Event Details for those interested in attending.


“Thinking and Starting Anew: Modernizing Communications Law for American Consumers”

Join NetCompetition and an esteemed panel to discuss how Congress can best make consumers, not technology, the organizing principle of a 21st century Communications Act framework that serves and protects consumers while fostering dynamic innovation, competition, and growth in an evolving marketplace:

Where: 121 Cannon House Office Building, Washington DC 20515

When: Friday, April 4, 2014

Time: 12:00 PM – 1:30 PM

Presenter and Moderator: Scott Cleland, NetCompetition


  • Gene Kimmelman, Public Knowledge
  • Jeff Eisenach, American Enterprise Institute
  • Mark Cooper, Consumer Federation of America
  • Hal Singer, Progressive Policy Institute


Link to white paper is here

Complimentary Lunch Provided

Please RSVP by clicking here.