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Free Press: Open Internet Week 2008: Schedule of Events

February 11, 2008
1:43 PM

CONTACT: Free Press
Jen Howard, Free Press, (202) 265-1490, x22

Open Internet Week 2008: Schedule of Events
Groups highlight Internet policy priorities with series of briefings and press conferences

WASHINGTON, DC - February 11 - This week, public interest organizations, tech companies, analysts and academics will participate in a series of events to introduce a policy agenda for the open Internet. "Open Internet Week" focuses on the key upcoming policy decisions that will shape the future of the Internet.

Wednesday, Feb. 13
"700 MHz Auction: Has the FCC Fulfilled its Congressional Mandate?"
Senate Briefing: 12 p.m. -- 1:30 p.m.
SD-G11 Dirksen Senate Office Building
The FCC is in the process of auctioning off a slice of highly valuable television spectrum (the "700 MHz band") as required by Congress. How could the spectrum auction fundamentally change the way Americans use the Internet? Did the FCC succeed or fail to achieve congressional goals?
Michael Calabrese, New America Foundation; Blair Levin, Stifel Nicholaus; Chris Libertelli, Skype; Ben Scott, Free Press (moderator); Gigi Sohn, Public Knowledge

"Net Neutrality in Congress and at the FCC"
Press Teleconference: 2 p.m. -- 2:45 p.m. ET
Call-in Number: 888-872-6750, Conference ID: 34933004
In 2006, Congress fought Net Neutrality legislation to a standstill. The Federal Communications Commission is investigating Net Neutrality violations. What are the prospects for pro-open Internet policies in the run-up to the 2008 presidential election?
Markham Erickson, Open Internet Coalition (moderator); Mark Luker, EDUCAUSE; Paul Misener,; Ben Scott, Free Press; Gigi Sohn, Public Knowledge; Rick Whitt, Google

Thursday, Feb. 14
"Opening the Internet to Future Innovation"
Press Teleconference: 12 p.m. -- 12:45 p.m. ET
Call-in Number: (888) 792-8352, Conference ID: 34831414
Next generation Internet services like BitTorrent, Vuze and Miro hold revolutionary potential for the future of online innovation. How have recent blocking efforts by Internet service providers like Comcast put the open Internet in jeopardy?
Marvin Ammori, Free Press; Timothy Karr, Free Press (moderator); Eric Klinker, BitTorrent; Jay Monahan, Vuze; Nicholas Reville, Miro

Friday, Feb. 15
"2008 Open Internet Agenda for Congress"
House Briefing: 12 p.m. -- 1:30 p.m.
2322 Rayburn House Office Building
How can Congress make universal, affordable Internet access a reality? How can we protect the free flow of information and spark economic innovation online?
Marvin Ammori, Free Press; Markham Erickson, Open Internet Coalition; Jef Pearlman, Public Knowledge; Ben Scott, Free Press (moderator); Tim Wu, Columbia University School of Law

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