The 11th Annual Gilder/Forbes Telecosm Conference
TELECOSM 2007: LAN's End
October 17 - October 18, 2007
The Sagamore | Lake George, New York

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Tina Chase
Director of Sales,
Telecosm Conference


Mary Collins
Conference Chair,
Gilder Publishing



Please Note: Telecosm 2004 agenda is subject to change

George Gilder

Laurence Kotlikoff
8:15 am -
9:00 am
The Broadband Battlezone: federal regulation of
the information and communications industries

George Gilder, Chairman, Gilder Publishing, LLC;
Editor in Chief, Gilder Technology Report

Lawrence Kotlikoff, Chairman and Professor, Department of Economics, Boston University

Rich Karlgaard, Publisher, Forbes magazine

Gilder's March 4 Wall Street Journal commentary, "Stop the Broadbandits," called upon the Bush Administration to release U.S. technology companies and communications markets from the regulatory stronghold of the Telecosm Act of 1996 (TA96). Gilder praised the U.S. Court of Appeals reversal of the catastrophic FCC, last-century, rules and urged the Bush FCC to make its pro-broadband, anti-price control position loud and clear by deregulating the local loop and gearing up for a new era of optical and wireless networks. Kotlikoff's response to Gilder's WSJ commentary, "A Telecom Tutorial for George Gilder," eulogized the TA96 as a landmark, monopoly-blocking decision that spurned "a huge expansion of investment." Kotlikoff argues that the lack of ubiquity of broadband to the home in the U.S. is due to high pricing, not the regulatory stronghold Gilder imagines.

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