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CONTACT: David Fish
August 20, 2004
(202) 289-8928
CEOs, Top Officials to Assess Internet's Future
Tenth Annual Aspen Summit is Aug. 22-24 in Aspen, Colorado

WASHINGTON D.C. - Senior executives of Warner Bros., Hewlett-Packard, VeriSign, Time Warner Cable, Level 3, Symantec, Microsoft, Verizon, BellSouth and other major companies plan to join top government officials and experts, including FCC Chairman Michael K. Powell and U.S. Department of Justice Antitrust Division chief R. Hewitt Pate, to assess the future of the Internet and the communications sector. They are among the featured participants in The Progress and Freedom Foundation's 10th annual Aspen Summit taking place August 22-24, at the St. Regis hotel in Aspen, Colorado.  The following is an agenda of the main speeches and panels:

Sunday, August 22

6:30 p.m. (Grand Ballroom) -- all times MDT.
Opening Keynotes & Dialogue: The Future of Content & the Internet
Darcy Antonellis, EVP for Distribution and Technical Operations at Warner Bros. Technical Operations Inc. and SVP for worldwide anti-piracy operations at Warner Bros. Entertainment, Inc. 
Shane Robison, EVP and Chief Strategy and Technology Officer, HP

Monday, August 23

8:00 a.m. (Grand Ballroom) 
Keynote Address: The Transformation of Communications, Commerce and Society
Stratton Sclavos, Chairman & CEO, VeriSign Inc.

9:00 a.m. (Grand Ballroom) 
Communications Roundtable: 
The Future of the Physical Layer: Access and Property in the Physical Layer

Hon. Kathleen Q. Abernathy, Commissioner, FCC 
Glenn A. Britt, Chairman & CEO, Time Warner Cable 
James Q. Crowe, CEO, Level 3 Communications
Hon. Raymond L. Gifford, President, The Progress & Freedom Foundation (moderator)

10:15 a.m.  (Grand Ballroom)
Plenary Address: Competition & the End of Geography
Hon. R. Hewitt Pate, Assistant Attorney General for Antitrust, U.S. Department of Justice

11:00 a.m.  (Grand Ballroom)
Discussion: Governing the Internet: Mandates, Markets & Consumer Protection
Ambassador David Gross, U.S. Coordinator for International Communications & Information Policy, U.S. Department of State 
Hon. Orson Swindle, Commissioner, Federal Trade Commission 
Robert E. Kahn, Chairman, CEO & President, Corporation for National Research Initiatives 
John Thompson, Chairman & CEO, Symantec Corporation
Zoë Baird, President, Markle Foundation

12:45 p.m.  (Fountain Courtyard) 
Luncheon Discussion: The FCC and the Future of the Internet
Hon. Michael K. Powell, Chairman, FCC
Hon. Raymond L. Gifford, President, The Progress & Freedom Foundation (moderator)

Tuesday, August 24

8:30 a.m.  (Grand Ballroom)
Plenary Address: IT & the World Economy
Dale Jorgenson, Samuel W. Morris University Prof. of Economics at Harvard University and Director of Kennedy School of Government's Program on Technology and Economic Policy

9:15 a.m.  (Grand Ballroom)
Discussion: Regulating and Deregulating the Physical Layer
Hon. Michael D. Gallagher, Assistant Secretary of Commerce for Communications and Information & Administrator, National Telecommunications & Information Administration 
Hon. Steve Largent, President & CEO, Cellular Telecommunications Industry Association 
Walter B. McCormick, Jr., President & CEO, United States Telecom Association 
Robert Sachs, President & CEO, National Cable & Telecommunications Association 
John D. Windhausen Jr., President, Association for Local Telecommunications Services
Randolph J. May, Senior Fellow & Director of Communications Policy Studies, The Progress & Freedom Foundation (moderator)

10:45 a.m.  (Grand Ballroom)
Presentation & Discussion: 
The Future of the Applications Layer: Software, Open Standards & Open Source
Craig Mundie, Senior Vice President & Chief Technology Officer, Microsoft Corporation 
Emery Simon, Counselor, Business Software Alliance 
Mark Stahlman, Managing Director, Caris & Company
James V. DeLong, Director, Center for the Study of Digital Property, The Progress & Freedom Foundation (moderator)

12:30 p.m. (Grand Ballroom)
Luncheon Speech
Lawrence T. Babbio, Jr., Vice Chairman & President, Verizon Communications  

2:00 p.m.  (Grand Ballroom)
Roundtable Discussion: Future of the Internet: Pipes, Devices, Services & Applications
Lawrence T. Babbio, Jr., Vice Chairman & President, Verizon Communications
Halsey Minor, CEO, Chairman & Founder, Grand Central Communications 
C raig Mundie, Senior Vice President & Chief Technology Officer, Microsoft Corporation
Kyle Dixon, Senior Fellow, Director of the Federal Institute for Regulatory Law and Economics, The Progress & Freedom Foundation (moderator)

3:00 p.m. (Grand Ballroom)
A Conversation: The Past, What the Founders Would Think About Cyberspace
Walter Isaacson, President, The Aspen Institute and author of Benjamin Franklin: An American Life 
David G. Post, Professor of Law, Temple University and author of the forthcoming, Mr. Jefferson's Cyberspace

4:00 p.m.  (Grand Ballroom)
The Future: How Politicians, Policy Wonks, and Ordinary People Use the Web
James Taranto, Editor, OpinionJournal, Wall Street Journal 
Dan Gillmor, Columnist, San Jose Mercury News

7:00 p.m.  (Grand Ballroom)
Chairman's Dinner & Address
Duane Ackerman, Chairman & CEO, BellSouth Corporation

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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