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May 30, 2002
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Aspen Summit Attracts Key Policymakers
FCC, FTC, State and Commerce Officials to Speak

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Key federal officials are adding their names to the growing list of participants in the 2002 Aspen Summit sponsored by The Progress & Freedom Foundation. An annual gathering of some of the digital world’s most prominent business leaders, probing thinkers and influential policymakers, the Summit is scheduled for August 18-20 at the St. Regis Hotel in Aspen, Colorado.

Joining Jeff Bezos, founder and CEO of (announced earlier), are FCC Commissioners Kathleen Q. Abernathy and Kevin J. Martin, Federal Trade Commissioner Orson Swindle, Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for International Communications and Information David A. Gross, Assistant Secretary of Commerce for Technology Policy Bruce P. Mehlman and Assistant Secretary of Commerce for Communications and Information Nancy J. Victory.

Following its 1995 debut, the annual Aspen Summit quickly became one of the most prominent events of its kind. Speakers have included industry leaders Carly Fiorina, Jerry Levin, Scott McNealy and Ivan Seidenberg; authors Esther Dyson and George Gilder; members of Congress; and senior executive branch officials. Wired News has compared the Aspen Summit to the annual Davos summit in Switzerland and to Renaissance Weekend in South Carolina.

This year’s Summit will focus on the drivers behind the next generation of Internet-driven innovation and growth, including broadband communications, new wireless technologies, rich digital content, and innovative new digital devices. “There’s a second digital revolution coming,” says PFF President Jeff Eisenach. “This year’s Aspen Summit will explore what it will mean, and when we can expect it to arrive.”

Registration information for the 2002 Aspen Summit, as well as periodic updates on the program and participants, can be found at

The Progress & Freedom Foundation is a market-oriented think tank that studies the digital revolution and its implications for public policy. It is a 501(c)(3) research & educational organization.



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