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CONTACT: Amy Smorodin
February 11, 2008
(202) 289-8928
DTV Transition Event This Friday
Speakers to Assess State of Digital Television Conversion at Luncheon Event

WASHINGTON D.C. - With the digital television transition deadline fast approaching, some have voiced concern over implementation of the switch. What can industry and government agencies do to ensure consumers and broadcasters are prepared? This Friday, panelists will evaluate the state of the transition at "Countdown to DTV: Making the 2009 Deadline Work," a congressional seminar hosted by The Progress & Freedom Foundation.

The event will feature opening remarks from Meredith Attwell Baker, Acting Assistant Secretary for Communications and Information at the National Telecommunications and Information Administration. Just added to the discussion panel is Anthony G. Wilhelm, Consumer Education and Public Information Director, TV Converter Box Coupon Program at NTIA. Wilhelm has over a decade of experience in communications and Internet policy, including serving as Senior Director of the Schools and Libraries Division at the Universal Service Administrative Company and Director of the Technology Opportunities Program (TOP) at the U.S. Department of Commerce.

Other panelists confirmed for the event are: Rick Chessen, Senior Legal Advisor and Media Advisor, Office of Commissioner Copps and former chair of the FCC's Digital Television Task Force; David Donovan, President, Association for Maximum Service Television; and Debra Berlyn, President of Consumer Policy Solutions and consultant to AARP. The seminar will be moderated by Ken Ferree, President of The Progress & Freedom Foundation and former Chief of the FCC's Media Bureau.

"Countdown to DTV: Making the 2009 Deadline Work," will be held this Friday, February 15th from 12:00 noon to 2:00pm in Room B-369 of the Rayburn House Office Building. Those interested in attending can register here. Members of the media can contact Amy Smorodin at 202-289-8928 or Others should contact Brooke Manno 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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