Gary Arlen, Editor/Commentator, Arlen Communications Inc.
Gary Arlen is President of Arlen Communications. Inc., a Bethesda, Maryland, research and consulting firm known for its insights into the converging and sometimes conflicting worlds of media, telecommunications and interactive program content. For nearly 20 years, Gary has accurately analyzed the emergence of new media, forecasting the evolution of customer-controlled video and data services. Gary has published future-looking periodicals and consults for clients seeking strategic and business guidance to enter these new His clients include media, financial, entertainment, telecommunications and marketing firms - plus several interesting technology start-ups. In particular, Gary is known for his insights into the development of applications, especially interactive content for Internet, two-way TV and other emerging systems. Among his specialties is what he calls "inter-species" breeding to integrate different types of services on new hybrid platforms.
Jonathan Askin, General Counsel, pulver.com
Jonathan Askin is General Counsel/Wartime Consiglieri to pulver.com, which controls approximately 20 operating companies touching various aspects of IP-based communications. Before joining pulver.com, Jonathan was President and General Counsel to ALTS, the leading national trade association representing facilities-based CLECs. Jonathan was a senior attorney in the FCCs Common Carrier Bureau before joining ALTS. Prior to the FCC, he was a New Jersey Deputy Public Advocate, where he represented the public on telecommunications and cable issues. Jonathan also practiced law with the New York offices of Davis, Polk. Jonathan is an honors graduate of both Harvard College and Rutgers Law School, and clerked for the late Chief Justice Robert Wilentz of the New Jersey Supreme Court.
Jim Baller, Senior Principal, Baller Herbst Law Group
Jim Baller, an attorney based in Washington, DC, represents public and private entities in a wide range of communications matters in more than 35 states. Since 1992, he has been involved in most of the leading public communications projects America and in nearly all of the major battles against barriers to public communications initiatives. He was NATOA’s Member of the Year for 2001. The FTTH Council calls him "the nation's most experienced and knowledgeable attorney on public broadband matters," and MuniWireless has recently observed that he is "the foremost legal expert on U.S. public broadband matters." He is a graduate of Dartmouth College and Cornell Law School.
Rick Boucher, Congressman, Democrat, Virginia
U.S. Representative Rick Boucher, serving his twelfth term representing Virginia’s Ninth Congressional District, is at the forefront of federal information technology policy making. He has a long history of involvement in and a deep knowledge of advanced telecommunications and information technology matters. He also extensively examines the intersection of technologies and copyright law, authoring legislative measures to promote technological innovation and the rights of consumers while ensuring that creators of intellectual property are fairly compensated. Congressman Boucher originated the Congressional Internet Caucus in 1996. This bipartisan caucus has grown to more than 170 members of the U.S. House and Senate.
Michael Calabrese, Vice President, New America Foundation
As Vice President of the New America Foundation, Michael Calabrese directs the Spectrum Policy Program, co-directs the Retirement Security Program, and helps guide the Foundation’s work to reform and expand our nation’s health care coverage. Previously, Mr. Calabrese served as Director of Domestic Policy Programs at the Center for National Policy, as General Counsel of the Congressional Joint Economic Committee, and as pension and employee benefits counsel at the national AFL-CIO. An attorney and graduate of both Stanford Business and Law Schools, Mr. Calabrese speaks and writes frequently on issues related to fiscal policy, retirement security, health coverage, and labor markets. He has co-authored three books and published opinion articles in The New York Times, The Washington Post,, and The Atlantic Monthly. Mr. Calabrese is currently completing a book that advocates universal asset-building accounts to expand pension coverage and human capital investment among lower-income workers.
Jeff Chester, Center for Digital Democracy
Jeffrey Chester, CDD founder and executive director, has been an important force in public-interest media issues for more than twenty years. In 1992, he co-founded the nonprofit Washington, D.C.-based Center for Media Education (CME), along with Kathryn Montgomery, Ph.D. Jeff was a co-founder of the Telecommunications Policy Roundtable, and helped write its groundbreaking set of principles for the digital age in 1993. In 1995-1996, during the debate on the Telecommunications Act, he played a key role in fighting proposed deregulatory ownership measures for the broadcasting, newspaper, and cable industries. In 1996, Newsweek magazine named him one of the Internet's fifty most influential people. In 2000, Jeff created CME's project on open access and the future of the Internet, which he transferred to the Center for Digital Democracy upon the establishment of that organization in 2001. He is credited with helping to frame the debate and for uncovering key industry documents that helped expose the cable industry's plans for the Internet. During 2000 he co-led the effort, to impose conditions on the merger of AOL and Time Warner. In 2001, he was awarded a prestigious Public Interest Pioneer Grant from the Stern Family Fund. His book on US media politics, Digital Destiny, will be published in the fall by The New Press.
Prior to his media policy career, Jeff was a psychiatric social worker, investigative journalist, and a documentary filmmaker. His work has appeared on PBS, NPR and in many print publications. He also co-led the successful effort that resulted in the Congressional creation of the Independent Television Service. Jeff was also a co-founder of the National Campaign for Freedom of Expression, an artists rights advocacy group. He received his MSW in Community Mental Health from UC Berkeley in 1978 and his BA in psychology from California State University, San Francisco in 1975.
Mark Cooper, Research Director, Consumer Federation of America
Dr. Cooper holds a Ph.D. from Yale University and is a former Yale University and Fulbright Fellow. He is Director of Research at the Consumer Federation of America, a Fellow at the Stanford Law School Center for Internet and Society, a Fellow at the Columbia Institution on Tele-Information and a Fellow at The Donald McGannon Communications Center of Fordham University.
Michael J. Copps, Commissioner, FCC
Nominated for a second term November 9, 2005; confirmed December 21, 2005; sworn in January 3, 2006. Sworn in for his first term on May 31, 2001.
Copps served until January 2001 as Assistant Secretary of Commerce for Trade Development at the U.S. Department of Commerce, where he was previously Deputy Assistant Secretary of Commerce for Basic Industries. Copps came to Washington in 1970, joining the staff of Senator Ernest Hollings (D-SC) and serving for over a dozen years as Chief of Staff. He has also held positions at a Fortune 500 company and at a major trade association. Before coming to Washington, Copps was a professor of U.S. History at Loyola University of the South. Copps received a B.A. from Wofford College and earned a Ph.D. from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
James Q. Crowe, President & CEO, Level 3 Communications
Tom Evslin, President, Evslin Consulting
Tom Evslin was co-founder (with wife Mary), Chairman, and CEO of ITXC Corporation, the world's leading provider of wholesale VoIP. The company grew from startup in 1997 to one of the world's largest carriers of any kind by 2004 when it was acquired. Previously, Tom was responsible for the conception, launch, and operation of AT&T's first ISP, AT&T WorldNet. And while at Microsoft, he was responsible for the server products now in Microsoft BackOffice including Microsoft Exchange. Key assets of the Evslins' software company, Solution, Inc., were sold to Microsoft. Tom's first novel, an historic murder mystery set in the Internet bubble, will begin online serialization soon. His blog is at blog.tomevslin.com
Martin Geddes, Director, Telepocalypse
Martin Geddes writes the popular telecom strategy weblog Telepocalypse, cited by Business Week and Forbes among others. Before becoming an independent consultant he was a technology specialist and product strategy manager at Sprint in Overland Park, KS. He is named on 17 patents filed by Sprint. Martin also has extensive hands-on experience in the IT industry building large transactional systems at Oracle Corporation. He holds a bachelor's degree in Mathematics and Computation from Oxford University. He now does strategic consulting work for major industry players on how separation of connectivity from service creates both problems and opportunities. His most recent work is on analyzing Skypes technology and business model for handset makers. Visit http://www.telepocalypse.net/
Dewayne Hendricks, CEO, Dandin Group
Dewayne Hendricks is currently CEO, of the Dandin Group, Inc., based
in Fremont, California, USA. Dandin Group offers a comprehensive
range of products and services, including research and product
development, for wireless communications via the Internet. He also
has been an active member of the Federal Communications Commission
Technological Advisory Council (FCC/TAC) for the past eight years.
Reed Hundt, Principal, Charles Ross Partners
Reed Hundt has been a director of Intel since 2001 and is Chairman of the Compensation Committee of the Board. Mr. Hundt is a principal of Charles Ross Partners, a private investor and business advisory service. He serves as an independent adviser on information industries to McKinsey & Company, Inc., a management consulting firm, and to The Blackstone Group, a private equity firm. He serves as a member of the Management Advisory Board at the Yale School of Management. Mr. Hundt served four years as Chairman of the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), from 1993 to 1997. He is the author of "You Say You Want A Revolution: A Story of Information Age Politics" (Yale University Press, 2000).
David Isenberg, Principal, Isen.com
David S. Isenberg spent 12 years at AT&T Bell Labs until his 1997 essay,"The Rise of the Stupid Network," was received with acclaim everywhere in the global telecommunications community with one exception -- at AT&T itself! So Isenberg left AT&T in 1998 to found isen.com, LLC (an independent telecom analysis firm based in Cos Cob, Connecticut) and to publish The SMART Letter, an open-minded commentary on the communications revolution and its enemies.
Clegg Ivey, Vice President: Business Operations & Strategy, Voxeo Corporation
Clegg manages Voxeo's business operations and strategy, including product management, vendor relationships, and product direction. Clegg is a founder of Voxeo and was previously CEO of Vogistix, where he led the development of applications that combine Voice over IP and Web technologies to solve vertical industry problems. Prior to founding Voxeo, Clegg was an associate at Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati, the nation's leading technology law firm. While at Wilson, Mr. Ivey specialized in technology law and served as technology lead on several groundbreaking cases, including the Microsoft antitrust case and the first MP3 case. In addition, Clegg has over 10 years experience with software design and development. Clegg attended Tulane University where he graduated magna cum laude with a quadruple major. He also holds a law degree from the University of Chicago.
Jim Kohlenberger, Executive Director, The VON Coalition
Jim Kohlenberger is the Executive Director of the VON Coalition and a former White House technology policy advisor. At the White House he helped formulate U.S. policy on technology, telecommunications, and the Internet. Specifically, he worked to help pass the Telecommunications Act of 1996, help shape the administration's hands-off approach to the Internet and e-commerce, and help spearhead administration efforts to bridge the digital divide and connect every classroom to the Internet. He now runs his own consulting practice.
Josh Lamel, Legislative Counsel, Office of Senator Ron Wyden
Joshua S. Lamel is Legislative Counsel to U.S. Senator Ron Wyden from Oregon. His duties include advising the Senator on technology, telecommunications and intellectual property issues. This includes working on legislation the Senator has authored on fighting spyware, preserving network neutrality and giving parents options for cable programming free of indecent material. Prior to joining the Senator’s office, he practiced telecommunications and antitrust law in Washington, DC and New York, NY and worked as an aide to a senior Democratic member of the U.S. House of Representatives. He received his B.A. from Colgate University and his J.D. from the University of Michigan School of Law.
Dana Lichtenberg, Legislative Asst., Office of Congressman Bart Gordon, U.S. House of Representatives
As a Legislative Assistant for Rep. Bart Gordon (D-TN), Dana Lichtenberg is responsible for staffing the Congressman on the House Energy and Commerce Committee. Her responsibilities include the Subcommittee on Telecommunications and the Internet and the Subcommittee on Health. She also is responsible covering consumer protection, government reform, welfare, small business, and music and copyright issues for the Congressman. Ms. Lichtenberg is the lead staffer in developing H.R. 2418, IP-Enabled Voice Communications and Public Safety Act of 2005 and taking it through the legislative process. Ms. Lichtenberg graduated from Revelle College at the University of California San Diego with a B.A. in Communications and Social Forces.
Om Malik, Senior Writer, Business 2.0.
In addition to maintaining a personal weblog of ruminations on broadband and its impact on our lives, Om Malik is a senior writer for Business 2.0 magazine in San Francisco. He has been writing telecom and broadband related stories since joining Business 2.0 in April 2003. He also has two online columns, ConvergeSense and The Telecom Report, published twice a month on Business2.com. Previously, Malik was a senior writer for Red Herring, focusing on the telecommunications sector. He was also a senior editor on the founding team of Forbes.com. As a technology journalist and a brief tenure as a venture capitalist, Malik has witnessed and documented firsthand the rise and fall of the Internet and telecom industries. He graduated from St. Stephen's College in New Delhi with an honors degree in chemistry in 1986. http://www.gigaom.com/
Chairman Michael Powell, Fomer FCC Chairman
Michael K. Powell was the Chairman of the Federal Communications Commission. He was sworn in as a member of the Commission on November 3, 1997. He was designated Chairman by President Bush on January 22, 2001. Mr. Powell, a Republican, was nominated by President William J. Clinton on July 31, 1997, and confirmed by the United States Senate on October 28, 1997. In addition to his normal duties, Mr. Powell served as the FCC's Defense Chairman and is responsible for overseeing all National Security Emergency Preparedness functions for the Commission. He also served as the FCC representative to the President's Council on Year 2000 Conversion which was established by President Clinton on February 4, 1998, to address the Year 2000 computer problem. Mr. Powell previously served as the Chief of Staff of the Antitrust Division in the Department of Justice. In that capacity, he advised the Assistant Attorney General on substantive antitrust matters, including policy development, criminal and civil investigations and mergers. Prior to joining the Antitrust Division, Mr. Powell was an associate in the Washington, D.C. office of the law firm of O'Melveny & Myers LLP, where he focused on litigation and regulatory matters involving telecommunications, antitrust and employment law. Mr. Powell graduated from the Georgetown University Law Center following which he served as a judicial clerk to the Honorable Harry T. Edwards, Chief Judge of the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit. Before attending law school, Mr. Powell served as a policy advisor to the Secretary of Defense on matters involving the United States-Japan security relationship. Mr. Powell's experience also includes military service as an armor officer in the United States Army. He spent the majority of his active service with the 3/2 Armored Cavalry Regiment in Amberg, Germany, serving as a cavalry platoon leader and troop executive officer. While on duty, Mr. Powell was seriously injured in a training accident and, after spending a year in the hospital, was retired from service. Mr. Powell graduated in 1985 from the College of William and Mary with a degree in Government. Mr. Powell currently serves on the Georgetown University Law Center's Board of Visitors and the Board of Directors of the United States Telecommunications Training Institute. He is also a 1999 Henry Crown Fellow of The Aspen Institute.
James Salter, CEO, Atlantic Engineering Group
Mr. Salter founded Atlantic Engineering Group in December, 1995. Prior to that, he served as the General Manager of a municipal utility that owned and operated a broadband telecommunications system. In the field of telecommunications, Mr. Salter has served in the role of operator, designer, and contractor. He has served as a Board of Director and past President of the Fiber to the Home (FTTH) Council. Mr. Salter was a keynote speaker at the 2003 FTTH Conference in New Orleans. Prior to founding Atlantic Engineering Group, he held the positions of System Planning Engineer, Transmission/Generation Operations Engineer, and General Manager.
Ron Sege, CEO, Tropos
Ron Sege is President and Chief Executive Officer of Tropos Networks. He has over 20 years of experience managing high-growth businesses in the networking industry.
Prior to joining Tropos Networks, Mr. Sege was CEO of Ellacoya Networks, which develops intelligent bandwidth management products for broadband access providers. While at Ellacoya, Mr. Sege raised $14 million in venture funding during the toughest fund-raising environment in memory. Before Ellacoya, he served as President of U.S. Operations for Terra Lycos. At Lycos, Mr. Sege was responsible for generating significant traffic growth and consolidating a series of acquisitions into the "Lycos Network." Prior to joining Lycos, he spent 10 years at 3Com Corporation, most recently as Senior Vice President of one of three business units within the $6 billion revenue company.
Mr. Sege holds a bachelors degree from Pomona College and an MBA from Harvard Business School.
Brad Templeton, Chairman, Electronic Frontier Foundation
Brad Templeton founded ClariNet Communications Corp (the world's first "dot-com.") He also created and publishes rec.humor.funny, the most widely read USENET newsgroup and its web site, www.netfunny.com. He is currently chairman of the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF), the leading cyberspace civil rights foundation.
Esme Vos, Founder, Muniwireless.com
Esme de Guzman Vos is the founder of Muniwireless.com, the portal for news and information about municipal wireless broadband projects. Since its launch in June 2003, Muniwireless.com has become the primary resource for cities, counties, consultants, systems integrators, vendors, and service providers in this space. Muniwireless organizes conferences and roundtables, and publishes a quarterly magazine. Esme is an intellectual property lawyer and runs her own company, Lemon Cloud BV, based in Amsterdam. She has served as Chief Legal Officer of Spray Network, a pan-European portal and Director Legal Affairs for Baan Business Systems worldwide.
Tim Wu, Professor, Coumbia Law School
Office of Legal Counsel, United States Department of Justice, 1998. Law clerk for Judge Richard Posner, 7th Circuit Court of Appeals, 1998-99, and Justice Stephen Breyer, United States Supreme Court, 1999-2000. Director, Corporate Marketing Strategy, Riverstone Networks, Inc., 2000-02. Associate Professor of Law, University of Virginia, 2002-04. Visiting Professor, Columbia Law School, 2004
Brad Wurtz, President and CEO, Caspian Networks
Brad Wurtz joined Caspian in June, 2003 as senior vice president of sales and marketing. He was formerly vice president and general manager of Cisco's carrier packet voice business, where he oversaw the company's packet voice strategy and products. He previously served as vice president and general manager of Cisco's multiservice switching business (formerly Stratacom) and was also responsible for the development and launch of Cisco's GSR 12000 service provider router. He has a B.A. from University of California, Berkeley and an M.B.A. from Stanford University.