May 2

Past Event

The Evolution of Video Streaming and Digital Content Delivery

Event Materials



  • Multiplatform Digital World Affords Many Opportunities

    Darrell West: New digital systems have expanded the multiplatform mix for communications, entertainment and commerce. Government officials need to promote innovation that maximizes the benefits of new developments.

    Darrell M. West

  • Networking and Technology Are Changing

    John Donovan, AT&T: A giant trend toward mobile; the exploding use of video; and the Internet of Things all force us to rethink technology, the business and consumers, and our people.

  • Demands on Technology Networks only Increasing Over Time

    Derek Aberle, Qualcomm: The explosion in data traffic and move to mobile are expanding into verticals like automotive, health care, and the Internet of Things. There's a lot of innovation ahead.

  • What Isn't Changing in Content Distribution?

    Jeremy Legg, Turner Broadcasting System: We were a content creation company that's migrating to becoming also a software and distribution company. The number of choices consumers have are simply expanding more and more.


How we consume and receive digital media – such as video streams, VOIP information, photos, live TV broadcasts – is the latest frontier in digital infrastructure innovation. Now that consumers can experience a variety of content at home and on mobile devices, which technology investments must be made to ensure quality and consistent delivery? What opportunities are created for consumers across sectors of the economy such as healthcare, education, and entertainment, and what might be the obstacles for the companies building the delivery systems and creating the content riding over them? How might the FCC best protect consumers in such complex content delivery systems? And how might content such as video streaming – that has higher data usage than other forms of Internet material – impact a national broadband system that already faces high and growing demand?

On May 2, the Center for Technology Innovation at Brookings hosted a panel of industry experts to address the future of digital content delivery in the United States, including discussion on how the explosion of video streaming is changing how we consume content. Panel discussants also focused on findings and data from the forthcoming paper “Video Streaming and Content Delivery,” authored by Governance Studies Vice President Darrell West.

Event Agenda


May 2, 2014

10:00 AM - 11:30 AM EDT

Brookings Institution

Falk Auditorium

1775 Massachusetts Avenue NW


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