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Martin Cooper, Father of the Portable Cellular Phone, Addresses the Congressional Internet Caucus

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Cooper Discusses Opportunities Facing the Wireless Internet

Washington, D.C. May 7, 2002 - The Congressional Internet Caucus Advisory Committee featured Martin Cooper in the first event of the 2002 Speaker Series. Martin Cooper, creator of the first portable cellular phone while at Motorola is now Chairman, CEO and Founder of ArrayComm and introducing a new technology called i-BURST. i-BURST is a high-speed way to access the wireless Internet. Martin Cooper spoke to Members of Congress, Congressional staff and the press about the exciting opportunities facing the next generation wireless Internet. Cooper stated, "The Internet of the future is a host of applications that are delivered to people at prices they can afford. The Internet is thirsty young minds flipping through Web pages as fast as they can absorb, while sitting on the porch with the family, or in the park. The Internet is an elderly person, or a heart patient, or maybe just anyone, conducting a visit to the doctor electronically, not when they can get an appointment, but when they're sick by virtue of already existing devices that read all a person's vital signs and deliver them to the doctor instantly and allow her, or him, to prescribe to a patient that can see their face. That is a mobile Internet - a wireless Internet."

Senator Conrad Burns kicked off the series noting, " We would not see the Internet the way it is today if we did not have visionaries like Martin Cooper." Congressman Mike Honda, co-chair of the Congressional Internet Caucus Wireless Task Force remarked, "Marty Cooper teaches us it is not just how much spectrum you have, but how you use it."

The Speaker Series has previously featured other "founding fathers" such as Vint Cerf, Father of the Internet, and Tim Berners-Lee, Father of the World Wide Web. Other luminaries in the Speakers Series have included Michael Eisner, Bill Gates, Meg Whitman, and Peter Chernin. The series is hosted by the Congressional Internet Caucus Advisory Committee in conjunction with the Internet Caucus and its Co-Chairs, Senators Leahy and Burns and Congressmen Goodlatte and Boucher. The Wireless Task Force of the Congressional Internet Caucus is co-chaired by Senator Ensign and Congressman Honda.

About the Internet Caucus Advisory Committee

The Advisory Committee to the Internet Caucus is a diverse group of public interest, non-profit and industry groups working to educate the Congress and the public about important Internet-related policy issues. With participation from Members of the Caucus and logistical support from the Internet Education Foundation, the Advisory Committee hosts regular forums to discuss important Internet-related policy issues. Since its founding, the Advisory Committee has built a membership of over 190 organizations from a broad cross-section of the public interest community and the Internet industry. Additional information, including an updated membership list, is available at