Digital Policy Institute

2011 DPI Policy Forum




September 15, 2011

Alumni Center

Ball State University

 Digital Policy Institute



Stuart Brotman, J.D.
Panel Moderator
President, Stuart N. Brotman Communications
Harvard Law School 

47 Baskin Road
Lexington, MA 02421-6928
Phone: 781- 862-8257



Stuart N. Brotman is President of Stuart N. Brotman Communications, a global consulting firm based in Lexington, Massachusetts.  He served as President of its predecessor firm, Communication Strategies Inc. As a senior management adviser for domestic and international telecommunications, Internet, media, entertainment and sports industry clients, he provides strategic business, financial, regulatory policy and operations counseling; due diligence evaluations; litigation support and expert testimony; and management recruitment, education and executive coaching for corporate CEOs, presidents and boards of directors.  He has worked on merger and acquisition projects totaling over $150 billion and on litigation matters with over $2 billion in damage claims.

He also is a faculty member at Harvard Law School and the Harvard Business School Executive Education Program, and was the first concurrent digital media fellow at Harvard and MIT. Brotman has served in three Presidential administrations on a bipartisan basis, including roles as a founder of the National Telecommunications and Information Administration, as an inaugural appointee of the Library of Congress Copyright Arbitration Royalty Panel and as a current member of the U.S. Department of State Advisory Committee on International Communications and Information Policy.




Kelley Dunne
Chief Executive Officer
One Economy

1220 19th Street NW
Suite 610
Washington, DC 20036
Phone: 202 393-0051



Kelley Dunne, Chief Executive Officer of One Economy has more than 20 years of experience in the telecommunications industry and is recognized as an industry pioneer in deploying some of the first 4G broadband wireless capacities across the country. Kelley’s career journey has always been grounded in his deep sense of purpose. His unique combination of telecommunications expertise, business acumen and commitment to service will allow One Economy to expand its impact in underserved communities around the world.

Prior to joining One Economy as CEO, Kelley was the founder and CEO of Digital Bridge Communications Corporation, a provider of broadband wireless to small and medium-sized communities. He has also held leadership positions with One Point Communications, AT&T Bell Labs and Verizon, where he launched Verizon’s Rural Broadband Initiative, leading some of the most innovative broadband wireless deployments in rural markets, Native American reservations, low-income housing areas and U.S. military bases. Kelley who grew up in a military family also served in the U.S. Army Signal Corps as both an enlisted service member and an officer.




Bruce Mehlman. J.D.
Chairman, Internet Innovation Alliance
Former Asst. Secretary of Commerce

Mehlman Vogel Castagnetti Inc.
1341 G Street, NW
Suite 1100
Washington, DC 20005
Phone: 202-585-0258



Recognized as one of the city's "top lobbyists" by Washingtonian Magazine, Bruce Mehlman has been a leader in our nation's capital for nearly two decades, helping Fortune 500 companies and innovative start-ups understand, anticipate and navigate the public policy environment and trends likely to impact the global marketplace.

A founder partner of his bipartisan lobbying firm, Mehlman is widely regarded as an expert in running issue campaigns, managing C-suite associations and developing advanced lobbying strategies that achieve impactful policy outcomes.  He concurrently serves as Executive Director of the Technology CEO Council and Co-Chairman of the Internet Innovation Alliance.

Mehlman previously held the post Assistant Secretary of Commerce for Technology Policy, having been nominated by President George W. Bush and confirmed to the office by the United States Senate in 2001.  At Commerce he worked closely with leaders from industry, federal labs, universities and governments on issues including innovation policy, trade, infrastructure, tech-led economic growth and workforce policy.

Before Commerce Mehlman worked as the lead Republican lobbyist for high tech heavyweight Cisco Systems, representing the Silicon Valley company before Congressional committees, federal agencies and the executive branch.  At Cisco Mehlman helped manage the company's outside consultants, seeing first-hand the contribution that strategic, pro-active, hands-on lobbyists can make.

Mehlman held the position of policy director and general counsel to the House Republican Conference under Representative J.C. Watts (R-OK) and before that served as General Counsel to the National Republican Congressional Committee (NRCC), where he advised Republican Members and their staffs on matters of election law, ethics and political broadcast regulations.

Mehlman serves on the Boards of non-profits One Economy Corporation and the State Science & Technology Institute (SSTI).  A graduate of Princeton University and the University of Virginia Law School, he lives with his family in Bethesda, Maryland.




Michael Hicks, Ph.D.
Economist, Ball State University
Digital Policy Institute 

Center for Business and Economic Research
Whitinger Business Building, room 149
2000 W. University Ave.
Muncie, IN 47306

Phone: 765-285-5926  



Michael J. Hicks, PhD is a senior research fellow in the Digital Policy Institute, the director of the Center for Business and Economic Research and an associate professor of economics in the Miller College of Business at Ball State University.  He came to Ball State following stints at the Air Force Institute of Technology’s Graduate School of Engineering and Management and research centers at Marshall University and the University of Tennessee. 

Hicks' research has focused on telecommunication issues affecting local and state economics. In addition, his work on the effects of federal regulation of energy and mining industries has resulted in testimony in state and federal courts and the U.S. Senate.  His work in modeling flood and hurricane damages has received a number of awards and been heavily reported.  While he studies such diverse issues as local telecommunication de-regulation, state tax incentives and local government consolidation, he is best known for his research on Wal-Mart’s effect on local economies.  He has authored one book on Wal-Mart and papers on the subject in the Eastern Economics Journal, Atlantic Economics Journal, Economic Development Journal, Regional Economic Development, Journal of Private Enterprise and Review of Regional Studies.  

Hicks received research and teaching awards from Tennessee, Marshall, AFIT and Ball State, and his research has been highlighted in such outlets as the Wall Street Journal, New York Times and Washington Post.  He has appeared nationally on CSPAN, MSNBC, NPR’s “All Things Considered” and Fox Business News.  His weekly column on economics and current events is distributed through newspapers including the Indianapolis Business Journal, the South Bend Tribune and The Star Press.

Hicks earned doctoral and master’s degrees in economics from the University of Tennessee and a bachelor’s degree in economics from Virginia Military Institute. He is an infantry lieutenant colonel in the U.S. Army Reserves, having served in combat and peacekeeping operations in North Africa, Southwest Asia, Korea and Japan.




Larry Landis
Indiana Utility Regulatory Commission

101 West Washington Street
Suite 1500 E
Indianapolis, Indiana 46204

Phone:  317.232.2706 



After 30 years in the private sector, Larry Landis, a Republican, was appointed to the IURC 8-1/2 years ago by the late Governor Frank O’Bannon (D), and to subsequent full terms by former Governor Joe Kernan (D) and by Governor Mitch Daniels (R).

At the national level, he has advocated for Indiana’s light regulatory touch, for even-handed regulation, for technological neutrality, and for pro-competitive policies in communications.  He has been a member of both the Federal-State Joint Board on Universal Service and the Federal-State Joint Conference on Advanced Telecommunications Services since 2005, and is State Chair of the 706 Joint Conference.  He was recently re-elected to a second term as an at-large member of the NARUC Board of Directors.

Landis is also involved in financial issues.  He co-chairs the IURC’s Financial Taskforce, created in the wake of the market collapse in 2008-09 to improve the quality of oversight of financial and financing issues; and is currently Chair of the Advisory Board of the Financial Research Institute at the University of Missouri’s Treslake School of Business.  He is also a member of SURFA, the Society of Utility and Regulatory Financial Analysts.

He and his wife Carol have been married for 37 years.  Their daughter-in-law Heather is a critical care nurse and their son Chris manages internet-based enrollment and instructional services for ITT Educational Services.  Chris and Heather are the parents of three daughters, Lauren, Anna and Emily.