On Thursday 6 November, the Phoenix Center again hosted its Annual U.S. Telecoms Symposium at the International Spy Museum here in Washington, D.C., where we once more brought together major policymakers, scholars and industry players to discuss current developments in an open and neutral forum.
To start the Symposium off, we were extremely honored that Congressman F. James Sensenbrenner, Jr. , Chairman of the House Judiciary Committee , made his first major speech on the Trinko case, as well as shared his views on the future application of the antitrust laws to the telecommunications industry generally.
Next, we again assembled a series of panels with some of the leading players in the business, including such luminaries as FCC Chief Economist Simon Wilkie, Dr. Robert Willig of Princeton University, Brad Ramsay - NARUC General Counsel; Dr. Tom Hazlett, Manhattan Institute; Dave Belanger, Chief Scientist - AT&T Labs; John Thorne, Deputy General Counsel - Verizon; David Cohen, Acting General Counsel - United States Telephone Association; Dr. Kent Nilsson, Special Counsel - FCC Office of Engineering and Technology; Daniel Brenner, Senior Vice President for Law and Policy - NCTA; J. Bruce McDonald, Deputy Assistant Attorney General for Regulated Industries - United States Department of Justice/Antitrust Division and the Hon. J. Joseph Curran, III, Commissioner - Maryland Public Service Commission.
Finally, the Symposium concluded by bestowing the Phoenix Center's annual Jerry B. Duvall Public Service Award to FCC Commissioner Kevin J. Martin, after which he discussed his views on various issues pending before the FCC with Phoenix Center President Lawrence J. Spiwak.