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Phoenix Center's 2001 Annual U.S. Telecoms Symposium


Congressman Chris Cannon

Congressman Chris Cannon

Congressman Chris Cannon (R-3rd UT) Addresses Phoenix Center 2001 U.S. Telecoms Symposium

Congressman Jerrold Nadler

Congressman Jerrold Nadler

Congressman Jerrold Nadler (D-8th NY) Addresses Phoenix Center 2001 U.S. Telecoms Symposium


On July 11, 2001, the Phoenix Center held its inaugural U.S. Telecoms Symposium in Washington, D.C. Over 60 senior telecommunications industry executives and policymakers attended this year’s Symposium in order to hear not only from two Members of the United States House of Representatives, but also from such leading telecoms players such as: Dr. George Ford PhD (Adjunct Fellow Phoenix Center and Chief Economist, Z-Tel), Robert G. Berger (Phoenix Center Adjunct Fellow and Chairman & CEO, CityNet Telecommunications), Dr. Jerry Duvall PhD (Chief Economist Emeritus, Phoenix Center and Chief Economist, FCC Mass Media Bureau), Dr. Marius Schwartz, PhD (Georgetown University and former Economics Director of Enforcement at the Antitrust Division of the U.S. Department of Justice), Dan Gonzalez (Vice President, XO Communications), Tom Koutsky (Adjunct Fellow, Phoenix Center, and former Associate General Counsel, Covad), John Thorne (Deputy General Counsel, Verizon), Larry Clinton (USTA), Dr. Tom Hazlett PhD (AEI), Dr. Robert Crandall PhD (Brookings Institution), Phil Verveer (Partner, Willke Farr & Gallagher), Brian O’Connor (Phoenix Center Editorial Advisory Board Member and Vice President, VoiceStream), Dr. Doron Fertig PhD (Senior Economist, McKinsey & Co.) and Bob Atkinson (Executive Director, Columbia Institute of Tele-Information and Deputy Chief, FCC Common Carrier Bureau).

As noted above, one of the Phoenix Center’s primary missions is to increase the analytical rigor of public-policy decision-making. To this end, in addition to this excellent program, the Phoenix Center took the opportunity at this year’s Symposium to recognize those public officials who contributed to this process.

The first way the Phoenix Center recognized policy-makers who seek to maximize consumer welfare at this year’s Symposium was by citing a select bi-partisan group of legislators as “Friends of Telecoms Competition” in recognition of their legislative actions that contributed to the maximization of U.S. consumer welfare. The Phoenix Center selected each year’s class of “Friends of Telecoms Competition” based upon a confidential survey of foremost players in the U.S. telecommunications industry, including leading people from academia, government and the private sector.



The Phoenix Center’s Class of “Friends of Telecoms Competition” for 2001 are:


  • Republicans
  • Chairman James F. Sensenbrenner,(R-9th WI)
  • Hon. Steve Chabot (R-1st)
  • Hon. Howard Coble (R-6th NC)
  • Hon. Darrell Issa (R-48th CA)
  • Hon. Ric Keller (R-8th FL)
  • Hon. Steve Largent (R-1st OK)
  • Hon. Chip Pickering (R-3rd MS)
  • Hon. Heather Wilson (R-1st NM)
  • Democrats
  • Hon. John Conyers (D-14th MI)
  • Hon. Bill Delahunt (D-10th MA)
  • Hon. Anna Eshoo (D-14th CA)
  • Hon. Zoe Lofgren (D-16th CA)
  • Hon. Bill Luther (D-6th MN)
  • Hon. Ed Markey (D-7th MA)
  • Hon. Jerrold Nadler (D-8th NY)
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Symposium Photo 1

(From Right to Left) Phoenix Center Chief Economist Emeritus Jerry B. Duvall, Representative Chris Cannon and Representative Jerrold Nadler

2001 Award

Symposium Photo 2

Phoenix Center Chief Economist Emeritus Jerry Duvall listens to keynote speech by Representative Chris Cannon



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