Date & time: Wednesday, 7 October 2015, 18:30 – 20:00
Venue: LSE’s Hong Kong Theatre, Clement House, 99 Aldwych, WC2B 4JF
Sharon White, Chief Executive of Ofcom, will deliver a speech discussing the impact of consolidation on consumers in the communications markets, and the regulation of oligopolies.
Services like broadband and mobile are now essential to the functioning of the economy, to the way people work and live their lives. At a time of enormous change in the telecoms sector, Ms White will explore whether regulators have the right tools to ensure that market structures continue to deliver the best results for consumers.
After the speech, Ms White will take part in a Q&A with Damian Tambini, director of the LSE Media Policy Project. A drinks reception will follow the event.
Having joined Ofcom in March, Sharon White is leading the widest strategic review of telecommunications in the UK since 2006. Ofcom is inviting feedback by October 8 on its review, which encompasses a wide range of issues such as coverage, accessibility, cost, choice, switching, competition and quality of service in both the broadband and mobile sectors.
Before Ofcom, Sharon had a long career in the civil service. She was Second Permanent Secretary at the Treasury, responsible for overseeing the public finances. Before that she held Board-level positions at the Ministry of Justice and the Department for International Development.
Sharon has worked as a civil service adviser at the Prime Minister’s Policy Unit and in Washington DC as a senior economist at the World Bank. She is a trained economist and studied at Cambridge University and University College London.
This event is public and free to attend.