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CONTACT: Amy Smorodin
June 4, 2009
(202) 289-8928
Broadband: Is the Glass Half Empty or Half Full?
Two More Speakers Added to Broadband Competition Event Panel

WASHINGTON D.C. - A national broadband policy has been the focus of recent communications issue discussions.  How should this policy be crafted?  How has the current framework of regulation affected the broadband marketplace?  Is platform competition in the U.S. adequate to deliver benefits to consumers, or should alternatives be considered?  Panelists will discuss and debate these and related topics at "Broadband Competition:  Is the Glass Half Empty or Half Full?" a congressional seminar hosted by The Progress & Freedom Foundation.  The luncheon event is scheduled for June 12th at the Capitol Visitor Center.

Panelists will discuss their recent and ongoing research on such topics as current U.S. policy of encouraging investment in facilities-based competition, U.S. broadband adoption and deployment rates, and the role of wireless broadband in platform competition.  Panelists will also discuss recent calls for a return to a common carrier model of regulation for broadband.

Two more speakers have also been added to the discussion panel.  Robert D. Atkinson, President of the Information Technology and Innovation Foundation, is the author of numerous reports on communications policy.  Thomas Hazlett, Professor of Law and Economics and Director of the Information Economy Project at George Mason University, is a recognized expert on telecommunications policy.

"Broadband Competition:  Is the Glass Half Empty or Half Full?," will be held Friday, June 12th from 12:00 noon to 2:00pm in Congressional Meeting Room North (CVC-268) at the Capitol Visitor Center.  Lunch will be served.  Those interested in attending can register here. Questions should be directed to Allison Bringardner at or 202-289-8928. Media queries should be directed to Amy Smorodin

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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