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CONTACT: Amy Smorodin
September 24, 2009
(202) 289-8928
Panelists Announced for October 19th Wireless Event
Speakers to Include Analysts, Industry Reps, Policy Experts

WASHINGTON D.C. - Fostering increased investment and innovation in the wireless market has been identified as a cornerstone in efforts to craft a National Broadband Plan. However, the wireless sector has come under increased scrutiny from Congress and regulatory officials.  The Federal Communications Commission has launched inquiries into the status of competition in the mobile wireless market, including networks, infrastructure and devices, and related consumer protection issues.  Earlier this week, the FCC Chairman announced plans to initiate a rulemaking notice to codify the agency's Internet policy statement and nondiscrimination requirements and extend them to wireless broadband networks for the first time.  How will these events influence investment and innovation in the wireless industry?  Would increased regulation of wireless markets be necessary or counter-productive? These and other policy issues will be discussed at "Wireless Investment, Innovation and Competition: Advance or Retreat?" a congressional seminar hosted by The Progress & Freedom Foundation.  Today, PFF is announcing panelists who will participate in the event.

A diverse group of experts will explore these issues involving the wireless sector in the panel discussion, moderated by Barbara Esbin, Senior Fellow and Director of PFF's Center for Communications and Competition Policy.  Confirmed panelists include:

  • Brett Glass, Owner and Founder, Lariat Networks
  • Kathleen Ham, VP Regulatory Affairs, T-Mobile USA
  • Thomas Hazlett, Professor of Law and Economics, George Mason University
  • Ruth Milkman, Chief, Wireless Telecommunications Bureau, FCC
  • Craig Moffett, Senior Analyst, Bernstein Research
  • Gregory Rosston, Deputy Director, Stanford Institute for Economic Policy Research, Stanford University

"Wireless Investment, Innovation and Competition: Advance or Retreat?" will be held Monday, October 19th from 12:00 noon to 2:00pm in Room SH-902 of the Hart Senate Office Building.  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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