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August 16, 2002
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Time for a New Look at Old Regulations?
Top Experts to Debate Communications Policy Monday

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Has technology so changed the telecommunications marketplace that regulations cannot keep up? Does convergence require a new look at old regulations? A top Bush Administration technology official, two FCC commissioners and the heads of three major industry organizations will tackle those questions and others during a panel discussion – “Stove Pipes and Double Standards: Can Communications Policy Ever Catch Up to the Marketplace” – on Monday, August 19 at the Aspen Summit.

The panel, which is scheduled for 11:00 a.m. (MST), will feature FCC Commissioners Kathleen Abernathy and Kevin Martin, Assistant Secretary of Commerce and NTIA Administrator Nancy Victory, Walter McCormick of the U.S. Telecom Association, Robert Sachs of National Cable and Telecommunications Association and Steven Berry of the Cellular Telecommunications and Internet Association. Randolph J. May, who is senior fellow and director of communications policy studies at The Progress & Freedom Foundation, will moderate.

An annual gathering of the digital world’s most prominent business leaders, probing thinkers, and influential policymakers, the Aspen Summit takes place at the St. Regis Hotel in Aspen, Colorado, August 18-20.

This year’s Summit focuses on the drivers behind the next generation of Internet-driven innovation and growth. Topics include: the next digital revolution, e-commerce, broadband content, technology’s role in the homeland security agenda, network security, digital copyright, telecommunications policy and the future of wireless.

Other technology leaders who will speak include Jeff Bezos, founder and CEO of and Peter Chernin, president and COO of the News Corporation, and Michael Capellas, president of Hewlett-Packard. Also featured will be key policymakers, including U.S. Reps. Tom Davis (R-VA) and Jane Harman (D-CA), Bush administration officials and other digital leaders. Registration information, as well as periodic updates on 2002 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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