Commerce Secretary Gutierrez to deliver Cable Show ‘08 keynote

Fri, 05/02/2008 - 8:35am
Mike Robuck

The National Cable & Telecommunications Association (NCTA) announced that U.S. Secretary of Commerce Carlos Gutierrez will provide a keynote address on May 19 during a general session at The Cable Show ’08.

The NCTA also announced details for other panels and sessions focusing on important public policy issues during its 57th-annual Convention and International Exposition, to be held May 18-20 in New Orleans.

The Cable Show ’08 Public Policy program will kick-off May 18 with a luncheon, hosted by Arris, featuring former Federal Communications Commission (FCC) chairmen and commissioners commenting on the 2008 presidential election and the regulatory outlook for telecommunications under each of the three potential administrations. Each panelist will represent the views of one of the three major presidential candidates:

    * Bill Kennard, former FCC chairman (Barack Obama)

    * Susan Ness, former FCC commissioner (Hillary Clinton)

    * Michael Powell, former FCC chairman (John McCain)

    * Moderated by Kathleen Abernathy, former FCC commissioner

In addition to Secretary Gutierrez’s address, a Public Policy luncheon on May 19 will feature:

    * FCC Commissioner Jonathan Adelstein

    * FCC Commissioner Michael Copps

    * FCC Commissioner Robert McDowell

    * Federal Trade Commission (FTC) Commissioner Jon Leibowitz

    * National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) Acting Assistant Secretary Meredith Baker

    * Moderated by Dan Brenner, SVP of law and regulatory policy for the NCTA

On May 20, the Public Policy luncheon will feature a discussion between cable and broadcast chief executives regarding the digital transition:

    * David Rehr, president and CEO of the National Association of Broadcasters (NAB)

    * Paul McTear, president and CEO of Raycom Media

    * Jack Sander, senior advisor for Belo Corp. and chairman of the NAB Joint Board

    * Paul Karpowicz, president of Meredith Corp. Broadcasting Group

    * Glenn Britt, president and CEO of Time Warner Cable

    * Bob Miron, chairman and CEO of Advance/Newhouse Communications

    * Moderated by Deborah Lathen, former chief of the FCC Cable Services Bureau

All three Public Policy lunches are invitation only, but employees of NCTA member companies that wish to attend can contact the NCTA via e-mail about attending.

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