Setting the Telecommunications Policy Agenda Conference

November 3, 2000, New York City.
Sponsored by the Columbia Institute for Tele-Information

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About the Conference

A top priority for the incoming President should be setting a policy agenda for the United States' information and telecommunications infrastructure. This agenda will be framed by a few critical issues, such as:

Is the Telecommunications Act of 1996 working? Do parts or even entire sections of the current Communications Act need to be amended? Or repealed?

Should the FCC regulate any aspect of the Internet? Internet Telephony?

Does "convergence" require cable TV, wireline telecommunications and wireless telecommunications to be all regulated (or not regulated) in the same manner, including "open access" for ISPs?

Should further consolidation of U.S. telecommunications and mass media companies be halted? Or encouraged?

Do consumers still need regulatory protection? Or is competition enough?


Speaker: Hon. William E. Kennard, Chairman, FCC


Panel 1: Industry Panel

Panel 2: Stakeholders Panel


Panel 1: Industry Panel

Moderator: Larry Strickling, Executive Vice President and General Counsel, CoreExpress, Inc., Former Chief of the FCC's Common Carrier Bureau

Panelist: James Cicconi, Executive Vice President and General Counsel, AT&T

Panelist: Russell Frisby, President, Competitive Telecommunications Association (CompTel)

Panelist: Joe Waz, Vice President of External Affairs and Public Policy Counsel, Comcast Corporation

Panelist: Edward D. Young III, Senior Vice President, Feredal Government Relations, Verizon


Panel 2: Stakeholders Panel

Moderator: Eli Noam, Professor and Director, CITI

Panelist: Scott Cleland, CEO, The Precursor Group

Panelist: Henry Levine, Partner, Levine, Blaszak, Block & Boothby, LLP

Panelist: Hon. Bob Rowe, President, National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners