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CONTACT: Amy Smorodin
November 8 , 2006
(202) 289-8928
Communications Experts Speak at Nov. 14 DACA Luncheon
Panelists Named for Regulatory Reform Discussion

WASHINGTON D.C. - Communications policy experts will speak at the upcoming event, "Regulatory Reform Options for Today's Digital Age," to be held this Tuesday, November 14th on Capitol Hill and hosted by The Progress & Freedom Foundation's Digital Age Communications Act (DACA) Project. The newly named panel, comprising regulatory experts and academia, will discuss communications regulatory reform in the lame-duck session of this Congress and prospects for reform in the next Congress. Panelists also will discuss the new draft report from the DACA Institutional Reform Working Group, which will be available at the event. The event will begin with a keynote address by Senator Jim DeMint (R-S.C.) and will be moderated by PFF Senior Fellow and Director for Communications Policy Studies Scott Wallsten. Panelists include:

  • Randolph May, President of The Free State Foundation and Co-Chair of the DACA Institutional Reform Working Group. The former PFF Senior Fellow and Director of Communications Policy Studies will outline institutional reform suggestions contained in the new working group draft report. May also served as Assistant General Counsel and Associate General Counsel at the Federal Communications Commission.
  • Roger Noll, Morris M. Doyle Professor of Public Policy in the Department of Economics, Director of the Public Policy Program, and Professor by courtesy in the Department of Political Science at the Graduate School of Business at Stanford University. Noll has authored hundreds of publications on telecommunications and networking industry issues.
  • Attorney Jonathan Nuechterlein, specialist in telecommunication and competition law. Nuechterlein formerly served as Deputy General Counsel at the Federal Communications Commission and Assistant Solicitor General at the U.S. Department of Justice. He is coauthor of Digital Crossroads: American Telecommunications Policy in the Internet Age.
  • Attorney Bryan Tramont, specialist in telecommunications law. He is the former Chief of Staff of the FCC under Chairman Michael Powell and has also served as Senior Legal Advisor to Chairman Powell, Commissioner Kathleen Abernathy and Commission Harold Furchtgott-Roth.

"Regulatory Reform Options for Today's Digital Age" will be held Tuesday, November 14th at the Russell Senate Office Building, Room 188, from 11:00am - 1:00pm. Lunch will be provided. Those wishing to attend should register online. Questions should be addressed to Eileen Goulding at 202-289-8928 or Members of the media should contact Amy Smorodin at 202-289-8928 or

The Digital Age Communication Act (DACA) Project was launched in early 2005 with the intent of providing guidance for regulators and legislators on how to address regulatory issues in an era of competing digital services and platforms. DACA consists of dozens of individuals, including PFF fellows, scholars at other think tanks and universities, and public policy officials from the last five presidential administrations. There are five working groups -- Regulatory Framework, Federal/State Framework, Universal Service, Spectrum Policy, and Institutional Reform.

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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