Featuring Ilya Shapiro, Senior Fellow, Constitutional Studies, Cato Institute; Tim Lynch, Director, Project on Criminal Justice, Cato Institute; Alex Nowrasteh, Immigration Policy Analyst, Cato Institute; and Dan Mitchell, Senior Fellow, Cato Institute; moderated by Peter Russo, Director of Congressional Affairs, Cato Institute.
Of all the rights the U.S. Constitution protects, courts are probably most vigilant about protecting free speech. Freedom of expression is not only a cornerstone of democratic government, but also central to the more ordinary choices citizens make in their daily lives. Yet one class of speech has been almost entirely ignored by the courts: speech by professionals engaged in their business. In the new issue of Regulation, Cato scholar Timothy Sandefur argues that the Supreme Court should make it clear that censoring professionals is intolerable.
The precautionary principle always rigs the outcome in favor of immigration restriction because it’s impossible to prove that all refugees will be harmless just like it is impossible to prove than any of us will be harmless. If the precautionary principle is a starting point for debate then those favoring refugees will always fail. No debate should be stacked this way.
American leaders have cooperated with regimes around the world that are, to varying degrees, repressive or corrupt. Such cooperation is said to serve the national interest. But these partnerships also contravene the nation’s commitments to democratic governance, civil liberties, and free markets. In Perilous Partners, authors Ted Galen Carpenter and Malou Innocent provide a strategy for resolving the ethical dilemmas between interests and values faced by Washington.
The Cato Institute has released its 2014 Annual Report, which documents a dynamic year of growth and productivity. “Libertarianism is the philosophy of freedom,” Cato’s David Boaz writes in his book, The Libertarian Mind. “It is the indispensable framework for the future.” And as the new report demonstrates, the Cato Institute, thanks largely to the generosity of our Sponsors, is leading the charge to apply this framework across the policy spectrum.
Speakers include Hon. Kathleen Abernathy, Commissioner, Federal Communications Commission; Howard Waltzman, Counsel, House Energy and Commerce Committee; James K. Glassman, Resident Fellow, American Enterprise Institute; and Robert W. Crandall, Senior Fellow, Economic Studies, Brookings Institution.
The American telecommunications sector went into a
freefall in 2002. Telecom stocks tanked as once
proud industry giants and smaller carriers alike were
financially decimated. Numerous providers were forced to
declare bankruptcy. And the reverberations were felt well
beyond the boundaries of the telecom sector as upstream
and downstream industries took a hit as well.
What were the causes of this market meltdown? Was it driven purely by misguided
corporate decisionmaking and bad business models, or is public policy more to
blame? The Telecommunications Act of 1996 was supposed to rejuvenate this sector
by encouraging increased competition, innovation and investment, but most industry
watchers have been dissatisfied with the sluggish pace of change.
This conference will explore recent developments in the
telecommunications sector and feature a set of balanced
debates over the future of both wireline and wireless public
Registration–F.A. Hayek Auditorium Foyer
Welcoming Remarks Adam D. Thierer
Director of Telecommunications Studies, Cato Institute
Clyde Wayne Crews Jr.
Director of Technology Policy, Cato Institute
Morning Keynote Address
Howard Waltzman Counsel, House Energy and Commerce Committee
Introduction: Adam D. Thierer, Cato Institute
Part One: Wireline
Panel 1 The Telecom Market Meltdown: Causes and Consequences
Moderator: Adam D. Thierer
Founder and President, Darby Associates
Vice President, Portfolio Manager and Investment Analyst, T. Rowe Price
Research Analyst in Broadband Access Technology, Needham & Co.
Senior Fellow for Technology & Society, Discovery Institute
10:45 a.m.–12:00 p.m.
Panel 2 What Vision Will Govern Broadband? Deregulation, Open Access, or Structural Separation?
Moderator: Clyde Wayne Crews Jr.
Vice President of Marketing, Optical Solutions
James K. Glassman
Host, Tech Central Station, and Resident Fellow, American Enterprise Institute
Principal, Chief Analyst, and Cofounder, RHK Telecommunications Industry Analysis
Robert W. Crandall
Senior Fellow, Economic Studies, Brookings Institution
Fred L. Smith Jr.
Founder and President, Competitive Enterprise Institute
Part Two: Wireless
Luncheon Keynote Address
Hon. Kathleen Abernathy
Commissioner, Federal Communications Commission
Introduction: Clyde Wayne Crews Jr., Cato Institute
Panel 3 The Future of Spectrum Governance:
Property Rights or a Spectrum Commons?
Moderator: Adam D. Thierer
Professor of Law, New York University School of Law
Systems Designer and Researcher
Thomas W. Hazlett
Senior Fellow, Manhattan Institute
Professor of Public Policy and Management, University of Pennsylvania
Vice President and Global Strategist, Precursor Group