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The Telecom Act at 20

With the Telecommunications Act of 1996 marking its 20th Anniversary today -- Feb. 8 -- the Georgetown Center for Business and Public Policy will hold a media breakfast tomorrow (Feb. 9) to commemorate that anniversary.

The Act was the first major overhaul of communications regulations since the 1934 Act.

The breakfast will host a panel featuring some voices of experience--officials who were involved in drafting the legislation.

They will also posit what a Telecom Act of 2017 might look like. House Republicans collected string, and comment, on a revamp, but in an election year that is unlikely to get much traction.

Weighing in at the event: Ralph Everett, Georgetown Center for Business and Public Policy; Rick Boucher, honorary co-chair, Internet Innovation Alliance, and former chair of the House Communications Subcommittee; Harold Furchtgott-Roth former FCC commissioner and current director of the Center for Economics of the Internet, Hudson Institute; Larry Irving, co-chair of the Internet Innovation Alliance and former head of the National Telecommunications and Information Administration; and John Mayo, economics professor, Georgetown’s McDonough School of Business, and executive director, Georgetown Center for Business and Public Policy.