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CONTACT: David Fish
August 5, 2004
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Verizon Executive at Aspen Summit
Babbio to Discuss Telecommunications and the Internet

WASHINGTON D.C. - One of the telecommunications sector's top corporate leaders, Verizon Communications Vice Chairman and President Lawrence T. Babbio, Jr., will discuss the future of telecommunications and the Internet on Tuesday, August 24. Joining other technology and digital policy experts at The Progress & Freedom Foundation's 10th annual Aspen Summit, Babbio will deliver the luncheon address at 12:30 pm and highlight a panel discussion at 2 pm. The Summit takes place August 22-24 at the St. Regis hotel in Aspen, Colorado. This year's theme is the future of the Internet.

The Verizon executive is responsible for the company's domestic wireline business, as well as long distance, information technology, procurement services and technology research. He is also a member of the Board of Directors of Verizon Wireless. A Dow 30 company, Verizon Communications (NYSE:VZ) is one of the world's leading providers of communications services. Verizon companies are the largest providers of wireline and wireless communications in the United States.

Other announced speakers include FCC Chairman Michael Powell and Commissioner Kathleen Abernathy, FTC Commissioner Orson Swindle, Hon. David Gross, Coordinator for International Communications & Information Policy at the U.S. Dept. of State, Assistant Attorney General R. Hewitt Pate and Assistant Secretary of Commerce for Communications and Information Michael Gallagher, as well as senior executives from Hewlett-Packard, Warner Bros., VeriSign, Symantec and major industry trade associations.

Past Aspen Summit speakers include industry leaders Jeff Bezos, Carly Fiorina, Peter Chernin and Ivan Seidenberg; authors Lawrence Lessig, George Gilder and Esther Dyson; as well as leading policymakers and academics. Wired News has compared the Summit to the annual Davos event in Switzerland and the Renaissance Weekend at Hilton Head.

Additional 2004 Aspen Summit participants will be announced soon. Registration can be accomplished here.

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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