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Federal Communications Commission
445 12th St., SW
Washington, D.C. 20554
News media information 202 / 418-0500
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TTY: 202/418-2555

June 9, 1999


Academic and organizational experts will participate in a public forum to discuss the future of the Federal Communications Commission in the 21st Century on Friday, June 11, 1999, from 10:00 am to 1:00 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 third in a series of three public forums.

The forum will be held in the Commission Meeting Room at 445 12th Street, S.W., Washington, D.C. It will be open to the public, and seating will be available on a first come, first serve basis. Robert Pepper, Chief of the FCC's Office of Plans and Policy, will moderate the discussion.

The following academic and organizational experts will participate in the June 11 public forum:

Rob Atkinson - Progressive Policy Institute

Patricia Aufderheide - American University

Nolan Bowie - Harvard JFK School

Barbara Cherry - Northwestern University

Peter Cramton - University of Maryland

Jannette Dates - Black College Communication Association

Jeff Eisenach - Progress and Freedom Foundation

Al Hammond - University of Santa Clara School of Law

Judy Harkins - School of Communication, Gallaudet University

Thomas Hazlett - University of California at Davis and Resident Scholar, AEI

Robert Litan - Brookings Institute

Paul J. McGeady - National Obscenity Law Center, Division of Morality in Media

Phil Napoli - Department of Communications, Rutgers University

W. Russell Neuman - Annenberg School for Communication

Eli Noam - Columbia University

Peter Pitsch - Intel

Steve Pociask - Joel Popkin & Company Economic Consulting

Michael Riordan - Boston University

Gregg Rosston - Stanford University

Jorge Schement - Penn State University

Marvin Sirbu - Carnegie Mellon

Larry Spiwak - Phoenix Center for Advanced Legal and Economic Public Policy Studies

Jonathon Weinberg - Wayne State University

Patricia Worthy - Howard Law School

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 Should the FCC Be Structured in the Communications Marketplace of the Future?

Session III: How Can the FCC Work More Efficiently and Effectively to Deliver Services to the Public?

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 forum via this e-mail site will be addressed at the public forum along with the views of the attendees.

The forum 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 the forum will be available 10 business days on the FCC's Internet site at: http://www.fcc.gov/21st_century/. 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 forum 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.

News media contacts: David Fiske or Maureen Peratino at (202) 418-0500, TTY (202) 418-2555.

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