[Air-l] great conference - TPRC

Eszter Hargittai eszter at myway.com
Mon Jul 28 09:39:29 PDT 2003

This is a GREAT conference, I hope some of you 
can attend! Let me know if you have any questions 
about it, this will be my fifth time there and I was 
on the Program Committee this year so I have a pretty 
good idea of what to expect. -- Eszter

Shaping Debate, Informing Decision Makers: 31st Annual
Telecommunications Policy Research Conference on
Communications, Information and Internet Policy

Benjamin Compaine, Chair of TPRC Board of Directors 
Email: compaine at itc.mit.edu 

Robert Cannon, Chair of Program Committee 
Email: cannon at cybertelecom.org 

(Arlington, Virginia) - The 31st annual Telecommunications Policy Research Conference 
(TPRC) on Communications, Information and Internet Policy will be held September 19 through 21, 2003 in Arlington, Virginia.

Hosted by the Center for Technology and Law at George Mason 
University Law School, TPRC is the premier senior-level academic
forum that addresses the economic, social, and technical dimensions
of communications policy in the Information Age.

“There are few, if any policy conferences where government decision
makers go out of their way to be in the audience as opposed to being
on the podium,” observes Robert Cannon, Chair of the Program
Committee. “TPRC is the annual showcase where decision makers go to
be exposed to original thinking and hard data.”

This year’s conference features over twenty sessions during which
economists, social scientists, technologists and lawyers present
original research about a range of timely topics to include broadband
deployment, Wi-Fi networks, consolidation and mergers, and digital

Keynote speakers will be Michael K. Powell (invited), Federal
Communications Commission (FCC) Chairman, Randolph May of the
Progress & Freedom Foundation, and Andrew Schwartzman (invited) of
the Media Access Project. 

Program highlights include panels discussing the FCC’s relaxed media
ownership rules, the Congressional challenge to that ruling, and an
exploration into the consolidation of and competition in
telecommunications industries by senior economists from the
Department of Justice, the FCC and the Federal Trade Commission.

Devoid of sound bites, pundits and rhetoric, TPRC moves into the
oasis of original research and solid data. “Where else can you find
the FCC’s Chief for Policy Development, Commissioners and staff, some
of the leading thinkers from the academic community, and former FCC
economists and technologists?” reflects Ben Compaine, Chair of the
Board of Directors, about the upcoming conference. 

Complete details about the conference and registration materials are
available online at www.tprc.org. Attendees save $100 if registration
is received by August 22, 2003.  

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