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Event: A 25th Anniversary Assessment of the Break Up of AT&T, March 6th, 2009

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    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: February 24th, 2009 (contact info below) Has Divestiture Worked? A 25th Anniversary Assessment of the Break Up of AT&T. DATE: FRIDAY,
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      FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: February 24th, 2009
      (contact info below)

      Has Divestiture Worked?
      A 25th Anniversary Assessment of the Break Up of AT&T.

      DATE: FRIDAY, MARCH 6th, 2009 TIME: 6PM-9PM
      LOCATION: New York University, Warren Weaver Hall (251 Mercer), Room
      109
      PRICE: ADMISSION IS FREE. (RSVP requested, rsvp@...)

      In 1984, AT&T, then the largest company in the U.S., was broken up
      because of the monopoly controls "Ma Bell" had over
      telecommunications. Known as "Divestiture", we have reached the 25th
      anniversary of the AT&T breakup and it is time to look carefully and
      critically at the deregulation of telecommunications to evaluate the
      effectiveness of this important
      economic policy.

      Open Infrastructure Alliance, (OIA) together with the Internet
      Society, (ISOC) New York chapter, is convening a series of panels to
      dialog on the deregulation of the telecommunications industry. Among
      the key issues to be considered are:

      . Has divestiture worked? A careful examination of the consequences
      of divestiture and deregulation over the last 25 years.

      . America is ranked 15th in the world in broadband. What role does
      America's closed broadband networks (e.g., Verizon's FiOS and AT&T's
      U-Verse) play in such a ranking? Do closed networks fulfill last mile
      requirements of the Telecom Act of 1996?

      . The Obama administration and Congress have put together a massive
      economic stimulus package, including broadband infrastructure
      projects. Does this new legislation address the major issues or are
      other steps necessary?

      The dialogue will assess whether deregulation has helped or harmed
      America's digital future. What role should a new, reconstituted FCC
      play? What policies and programs are needed to make America #1 again
      in technology, broadband and the Internet?

      Confirmed Speakers:(More to Come)

      . Tom Allibone, LTC Consulting
      . Jonathan Askin, Esq, Brooklyn Law School
      . Dave Burstein, DSL Prime
      . Frank A. Coluccio, Cirrant Partners Inc
      . Mark Cooper, Consumer Federation of America
      . Alex Goldman, ISP Planet
      . Fred Goldstein, Ionary Consulting
      . Bruce Kushnick, New Networks Institute
      . Dean Landsman, Landsman Communications Group
      . Scott McCollough, Esq.
      . Joe Plotkin, Bway.net
      . David Rosen, Consultant
      . Dana Spiegel, NYCwireless

      Market:
      . A 25 year analysis of the Age of the Bell companies.
      . How did America become 15th in the world in broadband?
      . What is the role of the cable and phone companies?
      . What happened to the price of phone service?
      . Is wireless overtaking wireline services?

      Regulation:

      . Has deregulation helped or harmed the America's digital future?
      . How do we deal with corporate controls over the FCC, or should we
      scrap the FCC?
      . How do we fund and create open, ubiquitous, high-speed networks?
      . What should happen next with wireless services?
      . What is the status of competition today, and what needs to be
      changed for the future?
      . What applications are going to drive the next generation?
      . Is it time for another divestiture or other regulatory changes?

      For More Information:
      Joe Plotkin
      T: 646-502-9796
      E: bwayjoe@...
      Internet Society, NY Chapter
      E: president@...
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