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CONTACT: Patrick Ross
July 7, 2005
(202) 289-8928
Brand X Decision to be Debated on Hill
PFF Congressional Seminar Eyes What's Next

WASHINGTON D.C. - The U.S. Supreme Court's 6-3 decision in Brand X v. FCC affirming the Federal Communications Commission's classification of cable broadband service as an "information service" is a key on the road towards communications policy reform. But what comes next? That question and others will be addressed by a panel of experts at a Progress & Freedom Foundation Congressional Seminar July 15 titled "Brand X v. FCC: What's Next?" The panel will be moderated by PFF Senior Fellow Randolph May. EarthLink Vice President for Law and Public Policy Dave Baker and Kyle McSlarrow, President and CEO of the National Cable & Telecommunications, will be two of the panelists.

Among the questions to be addressed -- Does the decision really mean the prompt adoption of a regime of minimal regulation for broadband services, including those of other providers such as the telephone companies? What does the decision portend for the regulation of VoIP services? What about the FCC's exercise of its ancillary jurisdiction to regulate Internet access, VoIP, and other IP services? And what about the likely impact of the decision on broader efforts on the Hill to revise the Communications Act?

The July 15 event is free and open to the public, and runs from noon to 2 p.m. in Room 1537 of the Longworth House Office Building in Washington, D.C. Lunch will be served. This is a distinct event from a July 8 PFF Congressional Seminar on the Grokster decision.

Those interested in attending the PFF Congressional Seminar "Brand X v. FCC: What's Next?" on July 15 should register online. Media questions should be directed to Patrick Ross at 202-289-8928 or Other questions should be directed to Andrea Knutsen at 202-289-8928 or

The Congressional Seminar comes as PFF is moving forward with its Digital Age Communications Act (DACA) project, which involves PFF fellows, other think tank fellows and university academics, and former policymakers from the last five presidential administrations working on model legislation to reform communications regulation. Last month the DACA Regulatory Framework Working Group released a draft report calling for the FCC to be remade in a model similar to that of the Federal Trade Commission. In two weeks the DACA Federal-State Framework Working Group hopes to release its own draft report.

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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