Larry Downes


The Future of Communications Regulation
23 minutes, 11mb, recorded 2011-06-28
Larry Downes

Moore's Law observes that technology power doubles every two years. The speedy changes often leave legal and regulatory agencies behind. Even now, communications is often tied to utility rules that don't properly deal with the differences from old forms.

In this talk from the 2011 Emerging Communications Conference in San Francisco, consultant Larry Downes discusses how the mobile communications market is artificially stifled by the regulatory system. He argues for the need to strip away the current utility model and replace it with a system that better works with the constantly increasing speeds, capacities, and power.

Larry Downes is a consultant and speaker on developing business strategies in an age of constant disruption caused by information technology. Downes is author of the Business Week and New York Times business bestseller, “Unleashing the Killer App: Digital Strategies for Market Dominance” (Harvard Business School Press, 1998), which has sold nearly 200,000 copies and was named by the Wall Street Journal as one of the five most important books ever published on business and technology.

His book, “The Laws of Disruption: Harnessing the New Forces that Govern Business and Life in the Digital Age” (Basic Books 2009) offers nine strategies for success in the emerging world of information law. It combines Downes’s unique perspective on economics, law, and innovation in the digital age.

Downes is also a Partner with the Bell-Mason Group, which works with Global 1000 corporations, providing corporate venturing methodologies, tools, techniques and support that accelerate corporate innovation and venturing programs.


This free podcast is from our Emerging Communications series.

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