ISOC-NY in conjunction with the Open Infrastructure Alliance (OIA) is presenting
Has Divestiture Worked? A 25th Anniversary Assessment of the Breakup of AT&T
- a symposium that marks the quarter-centennial of the sundering of Ma Bell.
DATE: FRIDAY, MARCH 6th, 2009 TIME: 6PM-9PM
LOCATION: New York University, Warren Weaver Hall (251 Mercer), Room 109
PRICE: ADMISSION IS FREE.
In 1984, AT&T, then the largest company in the U.S., was
broken up because of the monopoly controls “Ma Bell” had
over telecommunications. Known as “Divestiture”, we have
reached the 25th anniversary of the AT&T breakup and it
is time to look carefully and critically at the
deregulation of telecommunications to evaluate the
effectiveness of this important economic policy.
Open Infrastructure Alliance, (OIA) together with the
Internet Society, (ISOC) New York chapter, is convening a
series of panels to dialog on the deregulation of the
telecommunications industry. Among the key issues to be
* Has divestiture worked? A careful examination of the
consequences of divestiture and deregulation over the
last 25 years.
* America is ranked 15th in the world in broadband. What
role does America’s closed broadband networks (e.g.,
Verizon’s FiOS and AT&T’s U-Verse) play in such a
ranking? Do closed networks fulfill last mile
requirements of the Telecom Act of 1996?
* The Obama administration and Congress have put together
a massive economic stimulus package, including broadband
infrastructure projects. Does this new legislation
address the major issues or are other steps necessary?
* The dialogue will assess whether deregulation has
helped or harmed America’s digital future. What role
should a new, reconstituted FCC play? What policies and
programs are needed to make America #1 again in
technology, broadband and the internet?
Confirmed Speakers: (More to come)
• Tom Allibone, LTC Consulting
• Jonathan Askin, Esq, Brooklyn Law School
• Dave Burstein, DSL Prime
• Frank A. Coluccio, Cirrant Partners Inc
• Mark Cooper, Consumer Federation of America
• Alex Goldman, ISP Planet
• Fred Goldstein, Ionary Consulting
• Bruce Kushnick, New Networks
• Dean Landsman, Landsman Communications Group
• Scott McCollough, Esq.
• Joe Plotkin, Bway.net
• David Rosen, consultant
• Dana Spiegel, NYCwireless
Some of the Issues:
• A 25 year analysis of the Age of the Bell companies.
• How did America become 15th in the world in broadband?
• What is the role of the cable and phone companies?
• What happened to the price of phone service?
• Is wireless overtaking wireline services?
• Has deregulation helped or harmed the America’s digital future?
• How do we deal with corporate controls over the FCC, or should we scrap the FCC?
• How do we fund and create open, ubiquitous, high-speed networks?
• What should happen next with wireless services?
• What is the status of competition today, and what needs to be changed for the future?
• What applications are going to drive the next generation?
• Is it time for another divestiture or other regulatory changes?
For More Information: http://25thanniversaryofthebreakupofatt.blogspot.com/
• Joe Plotkin