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June 17, 2002
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Communications Sector CEOs Converge on Aspen
Program Features Donahue, Hartenstein, Vogel & Whitacre

WASHINGTON, D.C. - The leaders of some of the world’s largest wireless, satellite, cable and telephone corporations will appear at The Progress & Freedom Foundation’s 2002 Aspen Summit in August, speaking at a session titled “When Voice Meets Video: Perspectives on the Future of Convergence.” 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.

Timothy M. Donahue, chairman and CEO of Nextel Communications, Inc., Eddy W. Hartenstein, chairman and CEO of DIRECTV, Inc., Carl Vogel, president and CEO of Charter Communications and Edward E. Whitacre, chairman and CEO of SBC Communications Inc., will speak at session beginning at 9:30 a.m. (Mountain) on Monday, August 19. Confirmed participants in the Summit include Jeff Bezos, founder and CEO of, other corporate leaders and key federal policymakers, including FCC members Kathleen Abernathy and Kevin Martin. Additional announcements of high-level speakers are pending.

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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