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Dr. Steve Unger – “Where the Policies Diverge: UK and U.S. Telecom Policy in a Precarious Era”

2017-09-22 @ 11:30 - 12:30

Speaking Event:

Dr Steve Unger is the Group Director of Strategy, International, Technology and Economics, at Ofcom, the communications regulator for the U.K. Ofcom plays a role in the U.K. similar to that of the Federal Communications Commission in the U.S., but there are significant differences between the two in scope and approach. Unger will discuss the range of responsibilities of Ofcom, their approach to competition policy in the telecommunications sector, how the U.K. is addressing current issues such as network neutrality, and some thoughts about the future of the industry.

This presentation will be structured as a discussion with David Clark, Senior Research Scientist at CSAIL. The event is open to the public – come and join! Questions from the audience will be encouraged.

Location: Building 36 (at MIT) Room #462, Allen Room (36-462)

Time: 11:30 – 12:30

Date: September 22, 2017

Senior Researcher David Clark

David Clark, Senior Researcher at MIT’s Internet Policy Research Initiative (IPRI) will speak with Dr. Unger in a fireside chat format.

David Clark is a Senior Research Scientist at the MIT Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory, where he has worked since receiving his Ph.D. there in 1973. Since the mid 70s, Dr. Clark has been leading the development of the Internet; from 1981-1989 he acted as Chief Protocol Architect in this development, and chaired the Internet Activities Board. His current research looks at re-definition of the architectural underpinnings of the Internet, and the relation of technology and architecture to economic, societal and policy considerations. He is helping the U.S. National Science foundation organize their Future Internet Design program. He is past chairman of the Computer Science and Telecommunications Board of the National Academies, and has contributed to a number of studies on the societal and policy impact of computer communications. He is co-director of the MIT Communications Futures Program, a project for industry collaboration and coordination along the communications value chain.

Dr. Steven Unger is the Group Director – Strategy, International, Technology, Economics at Ofcom Policy Fellow Alum, Centre for Science and Policy

Dr. Steven Unger

Steve is Chief Technology Officer for Ofcom (the independent organisation which regulates the UK’s broadcasting, telecommunications and wireless communications sectors and sets and enforces rules on fair competition between companies in these industries), and is also responsible for Ofcom’s strategic approach to regulation, including the work it does internationally. His group is responsible for critically evaluating external market and regulatory developments, and leading the process of setting Ofcom’s strategic priorities. He is also responsible for several specific policy areas, including Ofcom’s work on Communications Infrastructure. One of Ofcom’s responsibilities is management of radio spectrum, and Steve is particularly interested in the extent to which innovation in wireless technologies can drive growth, and the role of spectrum regulators and policy makers in enabling this.

Steve joined Ofcom’s predecessor Oftel in 2001 as Head of Network Analysis, subsequently becoming Ofcom’s Competition Policy Director (in 2003), CTO (in 2009) and Group Director for Strategy, Chief Economist and Technology (in 2010), adding his international responsibilities in 2012.

Prior to this he worked in industry – for two technology start-ups, both of whom designed and operated their own communications networks, and as a consultant advising a variety of other companies on the commercial application of new wireless technologies. Steve has a PhD in Radio Astrophysics from the University of Manchester (1984) and an MA in Physics from the University of Cambridge (1981).




11:30 - 12:30


Location: Building 36 (at MIT) Room #462, Allen Room (36-462)
32 Vassar St
Cambridge, MA
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