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Media Bureau MVPD symposium speakers to address legal, technical, economic issues

The FCC Media Bureau has announced its lineup of speakers for the July 29 symposium on a la carte programming services on cable television and DBS systems.

Speakers from the legal, technical and economic communities will discuss issues involved with programming on a per-channel basis. They will examine rates consumers will be charged for a la carte program offerings, program diversity, concerns of those in small markets and FCC regulations.

The speakers will include:

  • John Freulinghausen, vice president and partner, Booz Allen
  • Hamilton Bennett Hooks, CEO, Buford Media Group
  • Gene Kimmelman, senior director of public policy and advocacy, Consumers Union
  • Geraldine Laybourne, chairman and CEO, Oxygen Media
  • Philip Lind, vice chairman, Rogers Communications
  • Jon Mandel, co-CEO, MediaCom US and MediaCom Latino; chief global buying officer of MediaCom Worldwide
  • Michael Willner, president and CEO, Insight Communications
  • Erik Brynjolfsson, professor of management, MIT Sloan School of Management, and director of the Center for eBusiness at MIT, Cambridge, MA
  • Gregory Crawford, assistant professor, Department of Economics, Eller College of Business and Public Administration, University of Arizona, Tucson, AZ
  • David Waterman, professor, Department of Telecommunications, Indiana University, Bloomington, IN
  • Steven Wildman, professor of telecommunication studies, Michigan State University and director of The James H. and Mary B. Quello Center for Telecommunication Management & Law, Michigan State University in East Lansing, MI

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