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CommLaw Conspectus: Journal of
Communications Law and Technology Policy
and the Institute for Communications Law
Studies, in association with
the FCBA present:

2015 CommLaw Symposium The Internet of Things: Device Innovation
& Network Implications

Tuesday, March 31, 2015
8:30 a.m. to 12 p.m
(See below for event details)

To register for this event,

Wiley Rein Conference Center
1776 K Street, NW, Washington, DC, 20006


The CommLaw Conspectus: Journal of Communications Law and Technology Policy’s annual spring symposium will examine how both society and communications networks are handling the proliferation of connected devices, the data they generate, their impact on both telecommunications networks and consumers and their diverse legal and regulatory implications.

Two panels of leading communications professionals will represent the FTC, Capitol Hill, the FCC, device manufacturers, carriers, and other points of view. The keynote address will be given by FTC Commissioner Maureen K. Ohlhausen.


8:30 – 8:50                 
Breakfast and Registration

8:50 – 9:00                 
Opening Remarks

Andrew Yingling, Editor-in-Chief, CommLaw Conspectus
Daniel Attridge, Dean and Knights of Columbus Professor of Law

9:00 – 9:30                 
Commissioner Maureen K. Ohlhausen,
Federal Trade Commission

9:30 – 9:40                 

9:40 – 10:40               
Devices, Data, and Regulatory Diversity
Description: Our lives are being digitized and analyzed in ways that challenge existing law. Consumers are rapidly adopting electronic devices with sensors—things—that monitor their external environment while providing detailed statistics about them. Billions of networked devices, the Internet of Things (IoT), have incredible potential, ranging from setting personal health goals to decreasing energy consumption. At the same time, IoT challenges existing regulatory paradigms that are based on industry segments, not information flows. Is our regulatory system equipped to handle this?

Adam Thierer, Senior Research Fellow, Mercatus Center at George Mason University

Alex Reynolds, Senior Manager and Regulatory Counsel, Consumer Electronics Association
Ruth Yodaiken, Senior Attorney, Division of Privacy and Identity Protection, Federal Trade Commission
Chris Helzer, Chief Engineer, Federal Communications Commission

10:40 – 10:50             

10:50 – 11:50             
The Billion Device Question: How Networks Will Support IoE
Description: The expansion of the IoT - from wearables to industrial M2M and real-time video applications - means millions more connected devices leverage existing communications networks to transmit exabytes of data.  When combined with existing traffic-generators like smartphones and other bandwidth-intensive applications, IoT could have major implications for network operators, end-users and regulators alike. So how are companies and policymakers planning ahead?

Robert McDowell, Partner, Wiley Rein, and Former Commissioner and senior member of the Federal Communications Commission

Brian Regan, Chief of Staff/Senior Legal and Policy Advisor, Office of the Bureau Chief, Wireless Telecommunications Bureau, Federal Communications Commission
Chris Wieczorek, Principal Corporate Counsel, T-Mobile USA Inc.
Rosemary Harold, Partner, Wilkinson Barker Knauer, LLP

11:50 – 12:00             
Closing Remarks

Professor Donna Coleman Gregg, Director, Institute for Communications Law Studies

The annual symposium is sponsored by CommLaw Conspectus: Journal of Communications Law & Technology Policy and the Institute for Communications Law Studies at The Catholic University of America, Columbus School of Law, in association with the Federal Communications Bar Association. 

CLE Credit is available

To register for this event,

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The Catholic University of America Columbus School of Law • 3600 John McCormack Road, N.E. • Washington, DC 20064