“A Conversation with the Commissioners” at TPI Aspen Forum

“A Conversation with the Commissioners” at TPI Aspen Forum

Closing Luncheon to Feature FCC Commissioners Clyburn, McDowell

Contact: Amy Smorodin
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July 7, 2011 – The importance of the communications sector as a driver of innovation and the economic recovery has increasingly put the Federal Communications Commission at the center of critically important policy debates. Policies involving broadband penetration and adoption, spectrum allocation, and network neutrality will affect the evolution of the media and communications industries for years to come. FCC Commissioners Mignon Clyburn and Robert M. McDowell will share their views and recommendations on these and related issues during the closing luncheon panel, “A Conversation with the Commissioners” at the TPI Aspen Forum, scheduled for August 21 – 23 in Aspen, Colorado.

Commissioner Mignon Clyburn has a long history of public service and dedication to the public interest. Prior to her swearing in as FCC Commissioner, Clyburn served on the Public Service Commission of South Carolina, including as chair from July 2002 through June 2004. During her tenure at the PSC, Clyburn served as the chair of the National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners’ Washington Action Committee and as a member of both the association’s Audit Committee and Utilities Market Access Partnership Board. Commissioner Clyburn is also a former chair of the Southeastern Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners.

Commissioner Robert. M. McDowell has worked to help consumers in the communications marketplace enjoy the benefits of more choices, lower prices and useful innovations through increased competition. He was first appointed to a seat on the Federal Communications Commission by President George W. Bush and unanimously confirmed by the Senate in 2006. When he was reappointed to the Commission on June 2, 2009, Commissioner McDowell became the first Republican to be appointed to an independent agency by President Barack Obama. He was unanimously confirmed by the Senate on June 25, 2009.

The discussion will be moderated by Kim Hart, Senior Technology Reporter from Politico.

Additional keynote speakers at the 2011 Aspen Forum, scheduled for August 21 – 23, include tech entrepreneur Peter Thiel, Senator Mark Udall, Harvard University Professor Dale Jorgenson, and Mark McLaughlin, President and Chief Executive Officer of VeriSign. Panel discussions will cover such topics as, Information and Privacy: In Search of a Data-Driven Policy; The Internet in a Post-WikiLeaks, Post-Egypt World;Broadband and the Future of Video Delivery;Antitrust and Competition in High-Tech Industries; Cybersecurity: Public and Private Roles; and Copyright and Digital Innovation.

Registration for the Aspen Forum can be performed on the TPI website. For additional information, please contact Jane Creel at [email protected]. Members of the press can contact Amy Smorodin at [email protected].

The Technology Policy Institute

The Technology Policy Institute is a non-profit research and educational organization that focuses on the economics of innovation, technological change, and related regulation in the United States and around the world. More information is available at https://techpolicyinstitute.org/.

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