Internet Caucus
State of the Net Conference
Hyatt Regency, Washington, DC
February 9, 2005, 7:30 AM - 4:30 PM

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Track C: Media Convergence and the Telecom Act Rewrite

Breakout Session 1

Congressional Staff / Govt. Panel on Convergence and the Telecom Act Download MP3 Audio

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> > Christopher Libertelli, Senior Legal Advisor to Chairman Powell, FCC [bio]
> > James Assey, Senate Commerce Committee, Minority
> > Mike O'Rielly, Senior Legislative Assistant, Senator John Sununu (R-NH)
> > Moderator: Jonathan Askin, General Counsel, Enterprises

Breakout Session 2

Did the Internet Kill the Telecom Act? Download MP3 Audio

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While the original rewrite of the Communications Act of 1934 was 62 years in the making, the Internet is forcing policymakers to consider another rewrite fewer than eight years after the Telecom Act's enactment. The Internet has begun to subsume traditional communications technologies. VoIP is the tip of the iceberg. Regulatory uncertainty and litigation resulting from definitional issues continue to stall investment and innovation. While the Supreme Court may provide some guidance in its Brand X case due out in July, a question remains in policy circles: Do we need to start looking at the Internet and Telecom in a whole new paradigm?

> > Dan Brenner, National Cable & Telecommunications Association [bio]
> > Lincoln Hoewing, Verizon Communications [bio]
> > Peter Pitsch, Intel [bio]
> > Richard Whitt, MCI [bio]
> > Moderator: Gerry Waldron, Covington & Burling [bio]

Breakout Session 3

100 mb by 2010: A Broadband Forecast or Fantasy?

Aspiration is the forerunner of achievement. In that spirit, some trade groups have boldly set a broadband goal of 100-megabit connectivity to every American household by 2010. Is this goal achievable? Are there policy approaches that make it a reality? Could some new technology hasten its arrival? Do Americans even need 100-megabit connectivity?

> > Michael D. Gallagher, Assistant Secretary of Commerce, National Telecommunications and Information Administration [bio]

> > Tom Galvin, 463 Communications [bio]
> > C. Lincoln Hoewing, Verizon Communications [bio]
> > Gary Bachula, Internet2 [bio]
> > Michael Calabrese, New America Foundation [bio]

Danielle Yates at or 202-638-4370 for more information.

This event is hosted in conjunction with the Internet Caucus and its co-chairs--Senators Conrad Burns (R-MT) and Patrick Leahy (D-VT), and Congressmen Bob Goodlatte (R-VA) and Rick Boucher (D-VA).