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The Future of Internet Economics

The Future of Internet Economics

8:30 am – 11:30 am

June 15, 2012

7th Floor

Knight Conference Center


555 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW
Washington DC


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Internet data traffic growth shows no signs of slowing anytime soon and peak traffic is projected to grow even faster due to many factors, including growth in video and cloud-based services and richer content on major websites.  The changing nature of demand for bandwidth has potentially large implications for our communications landscape. For example, it may already be straining long-standing peering and transit agreements as traditional balances of traffic change and is increasingly testing the viability of the traditional “all-you-can-eat” broadband pricing models.


"The Future of Internet Economics" will highlight existing research on the economics of broadband and will address such topics as how changing bandwidth consumption patterns could impact future business models, how such changes could affect content creation, and what role, if any, the government should play as the industry grapples with these changes.


8:30am - 9:00am

Breakfast and Registration


9:00am - 10:15am

Panel: Changing Data Consumption Patterns - Effects on Consumers and Providers  


Bill Lehr, Research Associate, Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory (CSAIL), Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Paper: Measuring Internet Performance when Broadband is the New PSTN

(with Steve Bauer and David Clark)

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Peter Sevcik, President, NetForecast

Paper: Empowering Internet Users to Manage Consumption


Michael Weinberg, Staff Attorney, Public Knowledge

Paper: Know Your Limits: Considering the Role of Data Caps and Usage Based Billing in Internet Access Service (with Andrew Odlyzko, Bill St. Arnaud and Erik Stallman)


Shane Greenstein, Kellogg Chair in Information Technology, Kellogg School of Management, Northwestern University


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Scott Wallsten, Vice President for Research and Senior Fellow, Technology Policy Institute (moderator)


10:15am - 11:30am

Panel: Peering, Transit, and the Dynamic Internet


Stanley M. Besen, Senior Consultant, Charles River Associates

Paper: The Evolution of Internet Interconnection from Hierarchy to "Mesh": Implications for Government Regulation (with Mark A. Israel)

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Anna-Maria Kovacs, Visiting Senior Policy Scholar, Center for Business and Public Policy, McDonough School of Business at Georgetown University

Paper: Internet Peering & Transit

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Christopher Yoo, John H. Chestnut Professor of Law, Communication, and Computer & Information Science, University of Pennsylvania Law School

Book: The Dynamic Internet: How Technology, Users, and Business are Transforming the Network (forthcoming)


Howard Shelanski, Professor of Law, Georgetown University Law School



Thomas Lenard, President and Senior Fellow, Technology Policy Institute (moderator)


Questions should be directed to Ashley Creel at  Members of the press should contact Amy Smorodin at


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