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Editor: Christine A. Corcos
Louisiana State Univ.

Thursday, July 8, 2010

FCC Media Bureau Holds Public Forum at Northwestern Law School July 13th

From the FCC:


The Media Bureau today announced the agenda for its July 13, 2010, public forum being held from 1:00 to 8:00 p.m. at Northwestern University Law School, Thorne Auditorium, 375 East Chicago Avenue, Chicago, IL 60611.  The two-panel forum will discuss the Comcast/NBCU/GE joint venture proposal, followed by a public comment period on the proposed transaction.


    The event is open to the public.  The audience will be given an opportunity to participate via “open microphone” during a special segment from 6:00 - 8:00 p.m.  Individuals wishing to comment must sign up at the registration desk beginning at 5:00 p.m.  Slots for this two hour segment will be assigned on a first-come, first-served basis.  The forum also will be carried live over the Internet on the FCC Live web page at  Questions from the Internet audience can be submitted throughout the event via e-mail to and via Twitter using the hash tag, #fccNBC.


Agenda and Panelists

(Central Standard Time)


1:00 p.m.     Introduction and Opening Remarks

    Commissioner Michael Copps, Federal Communications Commission


1:15 p.m.     Panel 1:  Online Video Distribution Considerations

    John Flynn, Senior Counsel to the Chairman for Transactions, FCC (Moderator)

    Jeffrey Blum, Deputy General Counsel, DISH Network

    Susan Crawford, Professor, Cardozo Law School, and Visiting Research     Collaborator, Princeton University

Markham C. Erickson, Partner, Holch & Erickson LLP, and Executive Director, NetCoalition

Travis Parsons, Senior Director, Business Development, Sezmi

Josh Silver, President and CEO, Free Press

    Scott Wallsten, Vice President for Research and Senior Fellow, Technology

      Policy Institute

    Susan Whiting, Vice Chair, The Nielsen Company


3:00 p.m.     Break


3:15 p.m.     Panel 2:  Multichannel Video Programming Distributor Considerations

    William Lake, Chief, Media Bureau, FCC (Moderator)

    Colleen Abdoulah, President and CEO, WOW! Internet, Cable and Phone

    Tyrone Brown, President, Media Access Project

Brian Lawlor, President-Chairman, NBC Television Affiliates and Senior Vice  

  President of Television, The E.W. Scripps Company

William Rogerson, Professor of Economics, Northwestern University

Ken Solomon, Chairman & CEO, The Tennis Channel

James Speta, Professor, Northwestern University School of Law   


5:00 p.m.     Break


6:00 p.m.     Public Comments


8:00 p.m.     Adjournment


    Open captioning will be provided.  Other reasonable accommodations for people with disabilities are available upon request.  Include a description of the accommodation you will need.  Also include a way we can contact you if we need more information.  Last-minute

requests will be accepted, but may not be possible to fill.  Send an e-mail to or call the Consumer & Governmental Affairs Bureau at 202-418-0530 (voice), 202-418-0432 (tty).


    For further information, contact Jessica Almond, Media Bureau, 202-418-2721.

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