RIETI Policy Symposium

System Design in the Age of Broadband II


We had a successful symposium on "System Design in the Broadband Age" in October 2001. Since then, wired communications have changed greatly. The ITU lauded Japan as the most advanced country in terms of broadband technology, while the U.S. is lagging behind. On the other hand, few things have changed in the wireless policy. Many debates still continue as to whether the spectrum should be traded as a private property or opened as "commons." We are going to follow up on our 2001 symposium and discuss how to implement new policy for the next-generation Internet.


  • Date and Time: December 4, 2003, 13:00-18:00
  • Venue: ARK Academy Hills (Akasaka,) 1-12-32 Ark Mori building west wing 36F, Akasaka, Minato-ku, Tokyo
    Map (Only in Japanese)
  • Language: Japanese / English (with simultaneous interpretation)
  • Charge: ¥3,000 (an official receipt will be issued)
  • Host: Research Institute of Economy, Trade and Industry (RIETI)
  • Sponsors: MPHPT, Keizai Doyukai (Japan Association of Corporate Executives), GLOCOM (Center for Global Communications International University of Japan)
  • Contact: RIETI, KATO Yuki
    Tel: 03-3501-8398  Fax: 03-3501-8416

* The symposium will be videotaped and broadcast via the Internet in the near future. Associated documents will also be available on the RIETI website.


13:00-13:30 Opening Session:
13:30-15:00 First Session: Regulatory Reform of Telecommunications
Lawrence LESSIG (Professor, Stanford Law School)
Robert PEPPER (Chief of Policy Development, Federal Communications Commission (FCC))
SUZUKI Shigeki (Director of International Economic Affairs Division, Telecommunications Bureau, MPHPT)
Reference: "Current Status of Japanese IT services (Data and statistics)" [PDF:299KB]
HAYASHI Koichiro (Professor, Institute for Media and Communications Research, Keio University)
NAKAMURA Ichiya (RIETI Consulting Fellow / Executive Director, Stanford Japan Center Research)
15:00-15:30 Coffee Break
15:30-18:00 Second Session: Open Spectrum
TAKEDA Yoshiyuki (Director of Radio Department, Telecommunications Bureau, MPHPT)
Handout: "Radio Policy Vision & Strategy for Frequency Liberalization" [PDF:801KB]
Robert PEPPER (Chief of Policy Development, Federal Communications Commission (FCC))
Lawrence LESSIG (Professor, Stanford Law School)
Peter PITSCH (Director of Communications Policy, Intel Corporation)
TANAKA Yoshihiro (Founder and President, FuuUn & Rivals, Ltd.)


"Next-Generation Wireless Technologies: Wi-Fi, UWB, SDR, and Beyond"
Peter PITSCH (Director of Communications Policy, Intel Corporation)
Handout: "Intel's Call for Worldwide Spectrum Reform" [PDF:44KB]
Handout: "A Future Proof Spectrum Policy" [PDF:2.4MB]

* Please note that the above program and speakers are subject to change.