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Internet caucus advisory holds open access panel

Thu, 07/12/2001 - 8:00pm
Anne Kerven

The Congressional Internet Caucus' Advisory Committee held the third of its three-part Broadband panels yesterday, covering open access and and broadband tax incentives.

The panel was moderated by CityNet Telecommunications CEO Robert Berger, partly because CityNet has taken a neutral stance on the issues.

"We're neutral, like the Switzerland of this (issue)," says a CityNet spokeswoman.

The first speakers were "think-tanky types" who discussed tax incentives for rural areas, she says. The second group covered open access via representatives from several companies, including EarthLink, Juno and AT&T.

The advisory committee has hosted two other panels for the caucus, one on May 24 that covered technology and its applications, and another on June 7 that covered regulatory approaches to broadband.

The advisory committee is a group of companies and supporters set up to discuss the issues with the caucus.

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