you to those who attended the 2017 INCOMPAS Policy Summit!
appreciate your participation in the Summit and hope you enjoyed your time at
the Newseum. Below, we have included a "round up" of the 2017 Summit
for those who were unable to attend. We hope you can participate next year!
The INCOMPAS POLICY SUMMIT ROUND UP
An all-star line up of Members
of Congress and policy leaders from the nation’s most innovative internet and
tech companies took the stage at the Newseum in Washington, D.C. last week for
the 2017 INCOMPAS Policy Summit.
INCOMPAS CEO Chip Pickering
sat down with Senator Cory Gardner (R-CO) to highlight the overlooked impact
rural and farming technology has had on the industry. Meanwhile, Senator Brian
Schatz (D-HI) weighed the prospects of key legislation during the upcoming
congressional session – from open internet to broadband infrastructure.
INCOMPAS also welcomed two
new members of the Energy and Commerce Committee, Congressman Brett Guthrie
(R-KY) and Congressman Adam Kinzinger (R-IL), who noted small businesses with
better broadband end up doing more business. They also discussed the critical
impact broadband has on local schools.
The audience also heard from
senior executives from T-Mobile, Sprint, Twitter, Vimeo, Verizon, DISH, BT
Americas and others on the importance of competition policy and need for
bigger, more robust networks. Verizon highlighted the impact of 5G, while
Microsoft said new networks were critical for coming virtual reality
The broadband deployment
panel, with competitive innovators like Google Fiber, Rocket Fiber, Lumus and
Firstlight Fiber set out a policy agenda for the FCC’s new Broadband Deployment
effort that included addressing local regulatory barriers for poles and
infrastructure. They also called for freeing customers in multi-unit apartment
buildings and condos from monopoly control.
In addition, over a dozen
tech and business journalists joined the event, with reporters from the Wall
Street Journal, Bloomberg and Communications Daily moderating panels.
“The annual INCOMPAS Policy
Summit has quickly become the place for innovative ideas that help shape the
future of competition policy in Washington and at the local level,” said Chip
Pickering. “We want to thank all our sponsors, and the Newseum, and are already
looking forward to making next year’s event bigger and better.”