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Comparative Perspectives on Broadband Regulation and Access

Oct 18, 2023 • 12:00 pm - 5:30 pm

Ivey Donald K. Johnson Centre, 130 King St W, Toronto

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This workshop will address broadband policy in Canada and around the world. International experts will pursue the design of a successful broadband policy:

  • What are the workable alternatives for government?
  • How should everybody be included?
  • How should companies invest and innovate?
  • How should a competitive marketplace be built?
  • How should the increased government funding for broadband be used?
  • What will AI and metaverse mean for broadband policy?

These are just examples of questions that will be discussed in this workshop. International experts will provide research and perspectives on from other countries and regions, together with on-going developments in Canada by government officials.

The immediate background to this workshop is that Canadian broadband policy is currently being revised. The Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC) has opened a Notice of Hearing on the Wholesale High-speed Access Service Framework, including a significant reconsideration of regulatory tools for wholesale broadband. Furthermore, the CRTC has started a Broadband Fund Policy Review that will address the future objectives of broadband funding, moving beyond access toward affordability. These initiatives are expected to have long-term impacts on the functioning of the Canadian broadband markets, access and the state of competition.

Join us in Toronto as we share research and global perspectives on broadband wholesale regulation and access at a half-day workshop held at Ivey's Donald K. Johnson Centre in downtown Toronto on Wednesday, October 18, 2023.

Your registration includes lunch, all sessions, and a cocktail reception to conclude the day.

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Confirmed speakers:

Andre Arbour Andre Arbour, Director General, Telecommunications and Internet Policy, ISED
Erik Bohlin Erik Bohlin, Professor, Ivey Business School, and Ivey Chair in Telecommunication Economics, Policy and Regulation
Carlo Cambini Carlo Cambini, Professor, Politecnico di Torino
Annegret Groebel Annegret Groebel, Director International Relations, BNetzA
Heather Hudson Heather Hudson, Professor Emerita, University of San Francisco
Sarah Oh Lam Sarah Oh Lam, Senior Fellow, Technology Policy Institute
Romel Mostafa Romel Mostafa, Director, Lawrence National Centre for Policy and Management, Ivey Business School
Eli Noam Eli Noam, Professor, Columbia University
Gérard Pogorel Gérard Pogorel, Professor Emeritus, Télécom Paris
Adam Scott Adam Scott, Vice Chair, CRTC
Ian Scott Ian Scott, Former Chair, CRTC
Georg Serentsch Georg Serentschy, Serentschy Advisory Services
Glenn Woroch Glenn Woroch, Adjunct Professor, University of California at Berkeley

This event is funded in part by the Ivey Chair in Telecommunication Economics, Policy and Regulation, as well as the Lawrence National Centre for Policy and Management at the Ivey Business School.