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CONTACT: Amy Smorodin
July 10 , 2006
(202) 289-8928
FCC Commissioner to Speak at PFF Aspen Summit
Jonathan S. Adelstein to Open 12th Annual Policy Summit

WASHINGTON D.C. - Federal Communications Commissioner Jonathan S. Adelstein will give the opening keynote speech Sunday night, August 20th, at the 2006 Aspen Summit hosted by The Progress & Freedom Foundation. Adelstein’s address comes at a time when the FCC has a number of pressing issues before it, from regulatory obligations of Voice over Internet Protocol providers to possible revisions to media ownership rules.

"The Aspen Summit has a long tradition of hosting FCC leaders, and we’re pleased to continue that tradition in 2006 with Commissioner Jonathan Adelstein," said PFF President Ray Gifford. "The Commissioner will bring his background in regulatory and legislative policy, as well as academia, to our 12th Annual Summit, and we’re sure his remarks and participation will launch a healthy and spirited discussion of key digital economy issues throughout the Summit.”

"I look forward to the opportunity to address the mix of policymakers, industry leaders and academics PFF’s Aspen Summit is known for," said Adelstein. "The Summit agenda heavily reflects issues that we at the FCC are wrestling with on a daily basis, and I anticipate an opportunity for thoughtful discussion of these issues."

Adelstein was sworn in as a member of the Federal Communications Commission on December 3, 2002, and sworn in for a new five-year term on December 6, 2004. Before joining the FCC, Adelstein served for fifteen years as a staff member in the United States Senate. For the last seven years, he was a senior legislative aide to United States Senate Majority Leader Tom Daschle (D-SD), where he advised Senator Daschle on telecommunications, financial services, transportation and other key issues. Previously, he served as Professional Staff Member to Senate Special Committee on Aging Chairman David Pryor (D-AR), including an assignment as a special liaison to Senator Harry Reid (D-NV), and as a Legislative Assistant to Senator Donald W. Riegle, Jr. (D-MI).

Prior to his service in the Senate, Adelstein held a number of academic positions, including: Teaching Fellow in the Department of History, Harvard University; Teaching Assistant in the Department of History, Stanford University; and Communications Consultant to the Stanford University Graduate School of Business. He received a B.A. with Distinction in Political Science from Stanford University, an M.A. in History from Stanford University, and studied at the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University.

Other keynote speakers at the 2006 PFF Aspen Summit include FTC Chairman Deborah Majoras, University of Chicago Law School Professor Richard Epstein, Qwest Chairman and CEO Richard Notebaert and Viacom and CBS Corp. Chairman Sumner Redstone. An agenda can be found on the PFF web site. Daily Variety noted: “Since 1995, the Aspen Summit has fostered a tradition of attracting notable speakers and attendees concerned with all aspects of technology.”

The 2006 PFF Aspen Summit will be held at the St. Regis Hotel in Aspen, Colorado. Registration can be performed online, and a discounted rate is available through Friday, July 7th. Members of the media have their registration waived and should contact Amy Smorodin at or (202)289-8928.

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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