FCC's Kevin Martin Keynotes Georgetown Telecom Forum

February 04, 2003

MEDIA ADVISORY

WHAT: Federal and state policymakers, business executives and economists discuss future of telecom industry and policy options at forum hosted by Center for Business and Public Policy at Georgetown University's McDonough School of Business.

The program, "Integration, Investment and Innovation: Future Directions for the Telecommunications Industry," is first in a series of policy forums to be sponsored by the Center this year.

WHO: Keynote speakers:

* Kevin J. Martin, Commissioner, Federal Communications Commission

* Rebecca Klein, Chair, Texas Public Utilities Commission

* David McCourt, CEO, RCN

Panelists:

* Bruce Mehlman, Asst Secretary of Commerce for Technology Policy

* Paul Vassington, Chair, Massachusetts Dept of Telecommunications and Energy

* Lara Warner, Credit Suisse First Boston

* David Belanger, Chief Scientist, AT&T Labs

* Laurence Kotlikoff, Chair, Boston University Economics Dept

* Bruce Phillips, Senior Fellow, National Federation of Independent Businesses

WHEN: Friday, February 21, 2003, 8:00 a.m. - 2:30 p.m.

Full agenda below

WHERE: Georgetown University Conference Center (Leavey Center) 3800 Reservoir Road, NW, Washington, DC 20057

MEDIA CONTACT: Jessica Botta (202) 687-4080 or jab92@georgetown.edu. Advance registration requested; lunch will be provided. Press must present valid photo identification on campus.

TELECOMMUNICATIONS ROUNDTABLE

INTEGRATION, INVESTMENT AND INNOVATION: FUTURE DIRECTIONS FOR THE TELECOMMUNICATIONS INDUSTRY

Georgetown University Center for Business and Public Policy McDonough School of Business

LOCATION: Leavey Conference Center Georgetown University

February 21, 2003

Since the landmark passage of the Telecommunications Act seven years ago the telecommunications industry has evolved dramatically in a number of respects. This roundtable discussion will explore three absolutely essential dimensions to that change: integration, investment and innovation, with an eye toward where the industry is headed. To facilitate this important dialog, Georgetown University's Center for Business and Public Policy in the McDonough School of Business will bring together leading academics, financial analysts, industry experts, consumers, state and federal policymakers for a unique free-wheeling discussion of these issues.

8:00 - 8:45 REGISTRATION & CONTINENTAL BREAKFAST

9:00 - WELCOME

9:05 - OVERVIEW: THE TELECOMMUNICATIONS INDUSTRY TODAY

John Mayo, Dean, McDonough School of Business

9:30 - 10:00 - BUSINESS KEYNOTE: DOING BUSINESS IN THE EVOLVING TELECOMMUNICATIONS INDUSTRY: OPPORTUNITY AND CHALLENGES

Speaker : David McCourt, CEO RCN

10:00 -10:15 COFFEE BREAK/MINGLE

10:15 -10:45 STATE POLICY KEYNOTE: THE EVOLUTION OF TELECOMMUNICATIONS POLICY

Speaker: Rebecca Klein, Chair Texas Public Utilities Commission

10:45- NOON - INTEGRATION: BUSINESS, CONSUMER AND STATE POLICY IMPLICATIONS

Overview: With the Federal Communications Commission's recent decisions to permit Bell South to re-integrate into the long distance markets in Florida and Tennessee, an important corner has been turned in the evolution of telecommunications policy. Bell South is now authorized to provide long-distance services to fully one hundred percent of its local service customers. Other RBOCs are similarly within sight of completing the re-integration process. This panel will examine the implications and challenges of this milestone in the telecommunications industry.Moderator: Marius Schwartz, Professor of Economics, Georgetown University

PANELISTS:

1. Kevin Crull, VP, AT&T Consumer Markets

2. Paul Vassington Chair, Massachusetts Department ofTelecommunications and Energy

3. Simon Wilkie, Chief Economist, FCC

4. Kathy Brown Verizon (invited)

5. Bruce Phillips Senior Fellow, NFIBDiscussants: James Bradford Ramsey, General Counsel NARUC Larry Spiwack, Invited

NOON - 1:15 LUNCH

FEDERAL POLICY KEYNOTE - Commissioner Kevin Martin

1:15 PM-2:30 PM - INNOVATION AND INVESTMENT: FEAST OR FAMINE?

Overview: After a frenzy of investment in the telecommunications sector in the late 1990s, the industry has languished in overcapacity, accompanied by bankruptcies and on-going consolidation. Consumers, while welcoming some technological advances, have been slow to adopt recent innovations, such as data transfer via cell phone. This session will explore trends and future prospects for innovation and investment in the U.S. telecom sector at the 7th anniversary of the Telecommunications Act of 1996.

MODERATOR Bennet Zelner, Assistant Professor of Strategy, Georgetown University

PANELISTS

Telecom Technology Expert

1. David Belanger, Chief Scientist, AT&T Labs

2. Harris Miller, President, International Technology Association of America

3. Bruce Mehlman, United States Technology Administration

4. Lara Warner, Credit Suisse First Boston

5. Lawrence Kotlikoff, Professor Boston University

Discussants: Nicholas Economides, Professor of Economics, Stern School, New York University Frank Spasaro, Consultant

2:30 PM - Conference adjourns