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The Role of Public Utility Commissions - Event Audio

May 3, 2006

Kathleen Q. Abernathy, Larry S. Landis, Connie Murray, Gregory E. Sopkin, Randolph J. May

2006 Telecommunications Federalism Conference

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 The Role of Public Utility Commissions - MP3

The convergence of voice, video, and data on internet protocol-based platforms undermines the traditional regulatory role of the states. Public utility statutes that gave states authority over in-state, voice communications are now quaint - not to mention near-meaningless - in an era of voice over internet protocol communications that refuse to respect state boundaries, much less state regulatory edicts. Should state regulation of communications thus whither in the face of the dynamic, converged broadband platforms? Or do states still have a regulatory role going-forward, albeit a quite different one than when they regulated incumbent telephone monopolies? A panel of state regulators will discuss the role of federalism in communications regulation, attempting to define where state authority should yield, where it should remain, and what states should do in this digital broadband age.

Panelists:

  • The Honorable Kathleen Q. Abernathy, Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP, and former Commissioner, Federal Communications Commission
  • The Honorable Larry S. Landis, Indiana Utility Regulatory Commission
  • The Honorable Connie Murray, Missouri Public Service Commission
  • The Honorable Gregory E. Sopkin, Chairman, Colorado Public Utilities Commission
  • Mr. Randolph J. May, Senior Fellow and Director of Communications Policy Studies, The Progress & Freedom Foundation, Moderator

Date: Wednesday, May 3, 2006
Location: Capitol Hill Club


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