The Opportunities and Challenges of Artificial Intelligence for Communications Networks and Consumers

9:00 am - 1:00 pm EDT
FCC Headquarters, 45 L Street NE, Washington, DC 20554

The Federal Communications Commission and the National Science Foundation co-hosted this half-day workshop that convened stakeholders to discuss the opportunities that artificial intelligence (AI) presents for spectrum management and network resiliency, and the challenges AI brings to vital consumer issues like robocalls/robotexts and digital discrimination.

The workshop brought together a diverse array of stakeholders—network operators and vendors; leading academics; federal agencies; and public-interest representatives—to discuss the promise and challenge of artificial intelligence in the telecommunications and technology sectors. The workshop covered a wide range of issues, including AI’s transformative potential to optimize network traffic; improve spectrum policy and facilitate sharing; and enhance resiliency through self-healing networks. The workshop also explored how AI will affect the fight against illegal robocalls and robotexts; efforts to foster digital equity and combat discrimination; and initiatives to bring greater transparency and affordability to broadband access.

The workshop began with opening remarks by Chairwoman Jessica Rosenworcel, NSF Director Dr. Sethuraman Panchanathan, and Commissioner Nathan Simington. Dr. Margaret Martonosi, Assistant Director for Computer and Information Science and Engineering (CISE) at NSF, provided the keynote speech, followed by two panels: (1) “AI’s Dramatic Impact on Communications Networks and Technologies”; and (2) “AI as a Tool and Challenge for Consumer Empowerment”. See the Media Advisory for the full agenda.

Attendance. The workshop was open to the public at FCC headquarters and on the Internet via live feed from the FCC’s web page at www.fcc.gov/live.

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