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DA 00-515

Federal-State Joint Conference on Advanced Services
Initial Field Hearing in
Washington, D.C.

Release Date: March 6, 2000

The Federal-State Joint Conference on Advanced Telecommunications Services (Joint Conference) will hold its initial meeting and field hearing on March 8, 2000, from 10:30 am to 1:00 pm at the Renaissance Hotel, 999 9th Street, NW, Washington, D.C.

The meeting will be hosted by FCC Chairman William Kennard and the Chair of the Regulatory Commission of Alaska, G. Nanette Thompson. Participants will include FCC Commissioners Susan Ness, Harold Furchtgott-Roth, Michael K. Powell, and Gloria Tristani; State Commissioners Jo Anne Sanford, Chair of the North Carolina Utilities Commission; Irma Muse Dixon, Chair of the Louisiana Public Service Commission; Steve Furtney, Deputy Chair of the Wyoming Public Service Commission; Brett Perlman, Commissioner at the Public Utility Commission of Texas; and Bob Rowe, NARUC President and Montana Public Service Commissioner.

Part of the Joint Conference's mission is to gather information on the deployment of advanced telecommunications services. At this initial meeting, the Joint Conference will focus on deployment of broadband in inner cities, including examining successful and creative means to bring high speed services to previously underserved communities. For example, a community may facilitate broadband deployment by bringing many potential users of advanced services together, thereby aggregating demand to increase buying power. The information gathered at this meeting will be included in a compilation of best practices, which will provide guidance to communities across the nation to accelerate deployment of advanced services.

The agenda is as follows:

10:30 am Opening Remarks

FCC Chairman William E. Kennard

Chair of the Regulatory Commission of Alaska, G. Nanette Thompson

Remarks by other Joint Conference Commissioners

Background on the Joint Conference by Montana Public Service Commissioner Bob Rowe

11:00 am Overview of Broadband Deployment

Moderator: JoAnne Sanford, Chair of the North Carolina Utilities Commission

Greg Rohde, Assistant Secretary of Commerce for Communications and Information, NTIA Administrator

Chris McLean, Acting Administrator, US Department of Agriculture, Rural Utility Service

Dr. Anthony Wilhelm, Project Director, Benton Foundation, Communications Policy

Marie Guillory, Vice-President of Legal and Industry, National Telephone Cooperative Association

Leslie Harris, Leslie Harris & Associates

Jon Garcia, Senior Engagement Manager, McKinsey & Co., Inc.

12:00 noon Inner City Broadband Deployment

Moderator: JoAnne Sanford, Chair of the North Carolina Utilities Commission

Curtis White, President, Allied Telecommunications

Lisa Zifcak, Research Analyst, Consumer Energy Council of America

Donald Vial, Board of Directors, Alliance for Public Technology

Transcripts of this meeting, as well as updates on future field hearings, will be posted on the Joint Conference's web site: www.fcc.gov/jointconference.

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