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Thank you to those who attended the 2017 INCOMPAS Policy Summit! 

We 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 applications.

 

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.”

 

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