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The Digital Age Communications Act:
Towards a New Market-Oriented Communications Policy in 2006

March 9, 2006
9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Reception to follow
Capitol Hilton
1001 16th Street, NW
Washington, DC


8:30 am Sign in
9:00 am Welcome
Ray Gifford, The Progress & Freedom Foundation Randolph May, The Progress & Freedom Foundation
9:10 am Opening Keynote Address
The Honorable Dick Armey, Co-Chairman, Freedom Works and former Majority Leader of the U.S. House of Representatives
10:00 am A Regulatory Framework Discussion Panel: Focusing on DACA and Net Neutrality
Moderator, Randolph May, The Progress & Freedom Foundation
James Speta, Northwestern University School of Law
Jeff Eisenach, The CapAnalysis Group, LLC
James Gattuso, The Heritage Foundation
Kyle McSlarrow, National Cable and Telecommunications Association
Gigi Sohn, Public Knowledge
11:15 am Universal Service Discussion Panel
Moderator, Jonathan Nuechterlein, Wilmer Hale
Presenter, Jerry Ellig, Mercatus Center, George Mason University
Presenter, Raymond Gifford, The Progress & Freedom Foundation
Presenter, Rob Atkinson, Progressive Policy Institute
Gary Lytle, Qwest Communications
Mark Rubin, Alltel
Glenn Brown, McLean & Brown
12:15 pm Lunch and Keynote Address: “A New Competitive Vision for the Digital Age”
The Honorable Jim DeMint, U.S. Senate
2:00 p.m. Spectrum Reform Discussion Panel  
Moderator, Jim Miller, Center for Study of Public Choice
Thomas Lenard, The Progress & Freedom Foundation
Lawrence White, New York University
Tom Hazlett, George Mason University
Peter Pitsch, Intel
3:15 p.m. Reforming Federal-State Relations in the Digital Age: Focusing on DACA and the Video Franchise Process
Moderator, Kyle Dixon, The Progress & Freedom Foundation
Bruce Byrd, AT&T
Dan Brenner, National Cable and Telecommunications Association
Brian Adkins, Legislative Director National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners
Libby Beaty, National Association of Telecommunications Officers and Advisors
4:30 p.m. Closing Address  
The Honorable Marsha Blackburn, House Subcommittee on Telecommunications and the Internet
5:00 p.m. Adjourn

Please join us on March 9th at the Capitol Hilton in Washington, DC for a full-day conference concerning the proposals put forth by PFF's Digital Age Communications Act (DACA) Project. There will be major addresses from leading communications policymakers, along with individual panel discussions addressing the reports and recommendations from the DACA Working Groups.

PFF launched the Digital Age Communications Act project in February, 2005 with the intent of producing a new paradigm for communications law and policy appropriate for the ear of marketplace competition and technological convergence that characterizes the digital age. DACA consists of dozens of individuals, including PFF fellows, scholars at other think tanks and universities, and public policy officials from the last five presidential administrations. There are five working groups -- Regulatory Framework, Federal/State Framework, Universal Service, Spectrum Policy, and Institutional Reform.

Media should direct queries to Amy Smorodin at 202-289-8928 or asmorodin@pff.org. Others should contact Eileen Goulding at 202-289-8928.



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