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CONTACT: David Fish
August 6, 2004
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FCC Chair to Speak at Internet Summit
Powell Will Join Gov’t and Corporate Leaders in Aspen

WASHINGTON D.C. - Federal Communications Commission Chairman Michael K. Powell will deliver a major policy address at the upcoming Aspen Summit, whose theme this year is the future of the Internet. Powell will join government officials, corporate leaders and digital policy experts at the August 22-24 conference sponsored by The Progress & Freedom Foundation. He is the luncheon speaker on Monday, August 23, at 12:45 p.m. The Summit takes place at the St. Regis in Aspen, Colorado.

FCC Commissioner Kathleen Q. Abernathy will also attend the 10 th annual Summit. She speaks on a Tuesday, August 24 panel that will assess regulation of the Internet's so-called physical layer - the wireless, cable, phone and other delivery 'pipes'.

"No current federal official has been at the center of more important developments in Internet and communications policy than FCC Chairman Michael Powell, and few people understand it as well," said Raymond L. Gifford, president of The Progress & Freedom Foundation. "His thoughts can move minds and markets, so we are very eager to hear them."

Other announced speakers include 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 Verizon, 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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