Freedom to Connect in Washington, D.C. March 5-6

by Bruce Stewart

David Isenberg is again putting on his eclectic Freedom to Connect conference in Washington, D.C. next month, and if you're interested or involved in the regulatory and political issues surrounding communications policy in this country, this is a "must attend" show. Some of my favorite bloggers have already written eloquent posts about the importance of this event, and I know I can't say it better than Martin Geddes or Cynthia Brumfield.

Freedom to Connect is unique in that it’s not beholden to anyone’s commercial interest, and comes nearest to being the forum for discussing the public interest.

Telecom’s changing. Danish, Irish, French and Dutch regulators over here are getting out the sharp electric carving knife from on top of the cupboard to hack up more of their infrastructure. The developing world is abuzz with wireless connectivity. Spectrum restrictions that impose a small number of gatekeepers to the form of online speech are being loosened. New “Capitalism 2.0” means of network production are being created.

--Martin Geddes, Telepocalypse

Unlike most DC-based events, F2C aims not to lobby or position or spin or score political brownie points. It aims to illuminate and educate. This year’s line-up of speakers includes some big names who have fundamentally changed the way people think about communications, including the incomparable Bruce Sterling, among whose many achievements is the spawning of cyberpunk science fiction, and Yochai Benkler, whose “Wealth of Networks” is must-reading for anybody serious about understanding the communications industries.
I just think that if folks really want to know where broadband policy is headed, they should start with F2C.

--Cynthia Brumfield, IP Democracy


Dean Hedges
2007-02-02 14:02:58
we all know taditional landline telcos are dead ... the question is what to do with them ... do we allow then to whither up & dry like the telegraphs of a former age ... do we nationalize them like venezula ... or is their some sort of business model that can incorporate all of them ... personally i am leaning towards a business model that i first heard of through nttl.ob {and yes i am a stock holder} ... nttl.ob through her subsidary came up with a business model where all telcos can met, swap minutes, and get paid on the same day as delivery ... i have no idea if the business model/technology that avop has will succeed, but i certainly do like the concept ..... in addition i follow telco news quite closely ... sort of my blog here ...