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Federal Communications Commission
445 12th St., SW
Washington, D.C. 20554
News media information 202 / 418-0500
Fax-On-Demand 202 / 418-2830
Internet: http://www.fcc.gov
TTY: 202/418-2555

May 19, 1999


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: newfcc@fcc.gov. 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 mcontee@fcc.gov.

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.

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