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CONTACT: Patrick Ross
July 12, 2005
(202) 289-8928
Additions to Brand X Congressional Seminar
Carey, Rogovin, Davidson Complete PFF's "What's Next?" Panel

WASHINGTON D.C. - The addition of three additional panelists has completed the lineup for Friday's Congressional Seminar titled "Brand X: What's Next?" by The Progress & Freedom Foundation. Michelle Carey is FCC Chairman Kevin Martin's Legal Advisor for wireline matters. John Rogovin was the General Counsel during the time Brand X v. Federal Communications Commission was being litigated. Verizon's Peter Davidson represents a company that hopes the U.S. Supreme Court's 6-3 decision last month will pave the way for the FCC also to classify DSL as an information service.

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 Association, will be the other 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?

Before becoming Chairman Martin's Legal Advisor, Carey served as Deputy Chief of the Wireline Competition Bureau and Chief of the Competition Policy Division. Rogovin is a partner in the Communications and E-Commerce and the Litigation Departments at Wilmer Cutler Pickering Hale and Dorr. From February 2003 to January 2005 he was general counsel of the FCC, having served as deputy general counsel beginning in May 2001. Davidson is Verizon's Senior Vice President for Federal Government Relations. Before joining Verizon in 2003, Davidson was general counsel to the U.S. Trade Representative in negotiating and implementing trade agreements and supervising litigation at the World Trade Organization.

McSlarrow joined NCTA in March. Prior to that he was Deputy Secretary of the U.S. Department of Energy, and served on the President's Management Council. Baker leads EarthLink's public policy initiatives on matters such as broadband access, spam, copyrights, taxation, VOIP, and universal service, and supported Brand X's position in the case. He served as a Commissioner and Chairman of the Georgia Public Service Commission from 1994 to 1998.

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. Those interested in attending the PFF Congressional Seminar "Brand X v. FCC: What's Next?" 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 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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