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MEDIA ADVISORY

 CONTACT: Steven Chlapecka
                                      D: 202.525.3931
                                    C: 202.556.1752
                             Email: schlapecka@ppionline.org

Rep. DelBene, Policy Experts and Economists to Discuss Need for Progressive-Focused Broadband Policy Agenda 

Panel will examine PPI’s new report by Ev Ehrlich, “Shaping the Digital Age: A Progressive Broadband Agenda”

WASHINGTON—A panel of leading policy experts and economists will meet on Thursday, July 18 to discuss a new PPI report by Everett Ehrlich, which explains why the administration and Congress need to adopt a progressive broadband policy agenda that balances respect for the private investment that has built the nation’s broadband infrastructure with the need to realize the Internet’s full promise as a form of social infrastructure. This public forum will outline five key economic and consumer-focused objectives for a more appropriate policy agenda for progressives.

The event will feature Rep. Suzan DelBene (D-Wash.); Everett Ehrlich, president of ESC Company, former Undersecretary of Commerce for economic affairs in the Clinton Administration, and current PPI fellow; Elliot Maxwell, former Special Advisor for the Digital Economy to U.S. Secretary of Commerce William Daley and U. S. Secretary of Commerce Norm Mineta; and Dr. Nicol Turner-Lee, President and CEO of the National Association for Multi-ethnicity in Communications (NAMIC). Will Marshall, President of the Progressive Policy Institute (PPI) will moderate.

WHO

Rep. Suzan DelBene (D-Wash.) Member of the House Judiciary Subcommittee on Courts, Intellectual Property and the Internet and Subcommittee on Regulatory Reform, Commercial and Antitrust Law
Everett Ehrlich, PPI Fellow; President, ESC Company; and former Undersecretary of Commerce for economic affairs in the Clinton Administration
Elliot Maxwell, former Special Advisor for the Digital Economy to U.S. Secretary of Commerce William Daley and U. S. Secretary of Commerce Norm Mineta
Nicol Turner-Lee, President and CEO, National Association for Multi-ethnicity in Communications
Moderator: Will Marshall, President and Founder, Progressive Policy Institute (PPI)

WHEN

Thursday, July 18, 2013, 8:30 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.
8:00 a.m.: Camera pre-set
8:30 a.m.: Guest check-in and breakfast
9:00 a.m.: Opening Remarks
9:30 a.m. Moderated Discussion

WHERE

B-340 Rayburn House Office Building, U.S. Capitol, Washington, DC

Watch the live webcast: www.progressivepolicy.org.

MEDIA COVERAGE

The event is open to the press. All participants will be available to answer questions from the media. Media in attendance are required to register in advance of the event to Steven Chlapecka at 202.525.3931 or schlapecka@ppionline.org.

The Progressive Policy Institute is an independent research institution founded in 1989 that seeks to define and promote a new progressive politics in the 21st century. Through research and policy analysis, PPI challenges the status quo and advocates for radical policy solutions.

For further questions, please contact Steven Chlapecka at schlapecka@ppionline.org, 202.525.3931 (office), 202.556.1752 (cell).

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