|Federal Communications Commission
445 12th St., SW
Washington, D.C. 20554
|News media information 202 / 418-0500
Fax-On-Demand 202 / 418-2830
|May 19, 1999|
GENERAL INDUSTRY PARTICIPANTS ANNOUNCED
A general industry public forum to discuss the future of the Federal Communications Commission in the 21st Century will be held on Thursday, May 20, 1999, from 2 pm - 5 pm. The purpose of the forum is to assist Chairman Kennard in preparing a five-year strategic plan that will outline a timetable for restructuring and streamlining FCC functions and management. This will be the first in a series of three public forums.
Each of the forums will be held in the Commission Meeting Room at 445 12th Street, S.W., Washington, D.C. All three forums will be open to the public, and seating will be available on a first come, first serve basis. Kathryn Brown, the FCC's Chief of Staff, will moderate the discussion at each forum.
The following general industry representatives will participate in the May 20 public forum:
American Mobile Telecommunications Association ("AMTA") - Alan R.Shark, President and CEO
Association for Local Telecommunications Services ("ALTS") - John D. Windhausen, Jr. President
Association of Local Television Stations ("ALTV") - David L. Donovan, Vice President, Legal & Legislative Affairs
AT&T Corporation - Leonard J. Cali, Vice President and Director, Federal Regulatory Affairs
Bell Atlantic Corporation - Thomas J. Tauke, Senior Vice President- Government Relations
Cellular Telecommunications Industry Association ("CTIA") - Brian F. Fontes, Senior Vice President for Policy and Administration
Competitive Telecommunications Association ("CompTel") - Robert M. McDowell, Vice President & Assistant General Counsel
Covad Communications Company - Thomas M. Koutsky, Assistant General Counsel
The Walt Disney Company ("Disney") - Preston Padden, Executive Vice President
GTE Service Corporation ("GTE")- Alan F. Ciamporcero, Vice President- Regulatory
Independent Telephone & Telecommunications Alliance ("ITTA") - David W. Zesiger, Executive Director
MCI-WorldCom, Inc. ("MCI WorldCom")- Jonathan B. Sallet, Chief Policy Counsel
National Association of Black-Owned Broadcasters ("NABOB") - James Winston, President
National Association of Broadcasters ("NAB") - Jerald N. Fritz, Corporate Vice President for Legal and Strategic Affairs, Albritton Communications Co. and Member, NAB TV Board of Directors
Organization for the Promotion and Advancement of Small Telecommunications Companies ("OPASTCO") - John N. Rose, President
Personal Communications Industry Association ("PCIA") - Brent Weingardt, Vice President, Government Relations
The Roberts Companies ("Roberts Co.") - Michael V. Roberts, Chairman & CEO
Satellite Industry Association ("SIA") - Patricia A. Mahoney, Chair
SBC Telecommunications, Inc. ("SBC") - Dale "Zeke" Robertson, Senior Vice President- FCC
Satellite Broadcasting and Communications Association ("SBCA") - Andrew R. Paul, Senior Vice President, Government and Regulatory Affairs
Telecommunications Industry Association ("TIA") - Grant E. Seiffert, Vice President of Government Relations
Teligent - David S. Turetsky, Vice President for Law and Regulatory Affairs
United States Telephone Association ("USTA") - Roy M. Neel, President & CEO
U.S. West, Inc. ("U.S. West") - Melissa Newman, Director, Federal Regulatory
Voice on the Net Coalition ("VON") - Bruce D. Jacobs, Fisher Wayland Cooper Leader & Zaragoza, Counsel to VON
Western Wireless Corporation ("WW") - Michele C. Farquhar, Hogan & Hartson, Counsel to WW.
The public forum will be divided into three sessions:
Session I: What Should the FCC's Role Be in the 21st Century?
Session II: How Can the FCC Work More Efficiently and Effectively to Deliver Services to the Public?
Session III: How Should the FCC Be Structured in the Communications Marketplace of the Future?
Additional Public Forums have been scheduled for the following days:
Wednesday, June 2, 10 - 1 p.m. Consumer, State & Local Government
Friday, June 11, 10 - 1 p.m. Academic and Organizational Experts
An e-mail site has been established to receive additional input from the public on the above questions. The e-mail address is: firstname.lastname@example.org. In addition, time permitting, views and/or questions received during the course of the public forums via this e-mail site will be addressed at the public forums along with the views of the attendees.
The forums will be closed captioned and will be carried live on the Internet through RealAudio from the FCC website at: http://www.fcc.gov/realaudio/.
A transcript of each of the forums will be available 10 business days after each event on the FCC's Internet site at: http://www.fcc.gov. Transcripts may also be obtained from the FCC's duplicating contractor, International Transcription Service, 1231 20th Street, N.W., Washington, DC 20036, by calling ITS at (202) 857-3800, TTY (202) 293-8810, or faxing ITS at (202) 857-3805. Audio and video tapes of the forums may be purchased from Infocus, 341 Victory Drive, Herndon, VA 20170, by calling Infocus at (703) 834-0100 or by faxing Infocus at (703) 834-0111. Copies of the transcripts in other alternative formats (computer diskette, large print, and Braille) are available to persons with disabilities by contacting Martha Contee at (202) 418-0260 voice, (202) 418-2555 TTY, or at email@example.com.
Persons or organizations interested in participating in the forums should contact the following persons: May 20th Industry Forum -- Stephen Klitzman, (202) 418-1913, TTY (202) 418-2555; June 2nd Consumer, State and Local Government Forum -- Ellen Blackler, (202) 418-0491, TTY (202) 418-0485; June 11th Academic and Organizational Experts Forum -- Lisa Sockett, (202) 418-2668, TTY (202) 418-1169. News media contacts: David Fiske or Maureen Peratino at (202) 418-0500, TTY (202) 418-2555.