F2C: Freedom-to-Connect to Promote Internet Freedom

pulvermedia and isen.com Unite to Bring Internet Leadership Together With

Policy Makers in Washington DC

Feb 08, 2006, 00:00 ET from pulvermedia from ,Isen.com, LLC

    WASHINGTON and MELVILLE, N.Y., Feb. 8 /PRNewswire/ -- pulvermedia and
 isen.com will jointly produce F2C: Freedom-to-Connect from April 3-4 in
 Washington, DC.  This two-day summit will bring business, policy and
 technology thought leaders to the nation's capital to share their
 perspectives, insights and wisdom, thus helping to build a better, more
 complete understanding of how policy and technology might evolve together to
 create and advance the future of communications and the Internet.
     "Our attitude is that there's no time for small meetings and isolated
 pockets of concern," noted David Isenberg, founder of isen.com, author of the
 "Rise of the Stupid Network" and co-host of Freedom-to-Connect.  "Freedom-to-
 Connect is intended to provide an opportunity for all those that care about
 the future of the Internet to join the discussion, to shape the debate, to
 assert your freedom to connect.  For this reason, pulver.com and isen.com, in
 association with many Internet entrepreneurs, innovators, and advocates, are
 joining together for Freedom-to-Connect."
     "The openness of the Internet is the main reason for its success, yet the
 Internet's openness is not assured," stated Jonathan Askin, long-time
 communications policy veteran and General Counsel for pulver.com.
 "Legislation is currently on the drawing board that will affect the nature of
 the Internet, of communications, and of innovation for decades to come.
 Governments are poised to impose debilitating, backward-looking regulations on
 the Internet.  Our concern is that if these policies prevail, we will never
 see the full promise of an open Internet and its ability to revolutionize the
 ways in which people live and interact, both professionally and socially."
     Askin continues, "The policies shaping the future of the Internet will be
 written over the next year or two.  The rules will certainly grow out of the
 policy debate currently underway in DC and in seats of government around the
 world.  Unless we -- those enamored by the possibility of the Internet and
 pushing its technological and operational limits -- engage policy makers and
 participate in the dialogue, the rules will be written by those who do not
 necessarily have the best interest of the Internet, its innovators and its
 enthusiasts in mind.  The debate is just now getting more sophisticated and
 now recognizes the pivotal role of the Internet and IP-based communications to
 transform the communications experience.  It is clear that those that want to
 evolve the Internet and transform the communications experience must now
 engage in the battle for net freedom and user empowerment."
     The evolving speaker list for F2C: Freedom-To-Connect includes:
      Rep. Rick Boucher, US House of Representatives, (D. VA)
      Reed Hundt -- Mckinsey & Co., former Chair of FCC
      Gigi Sohn -- President & Co-Founder, Public Knowledge
      David Weinberger -- Co-Author Cluetrain Manifesto, Fellow, Berkman Center
          for Internet & Society
      Doc Searls -- Co-Author Cluetrain Manifesto, editor Linux Journal
      Cynthia de Lorenzi -- CEO, Patriot.net, Organizer, Gigabyte March on
      Dave Hughes, CEO, OldColo.com, Distinguished West Point Graduate
      Jim Kohlenberger, Executive Director, VON Coalition
      Jim Baller, founder, Baller Herbst Law Group
      Jeff Jarvis, Creative Director, Advance.net
      Tim Wu, Professor, Columbia University Law School
      Bruce Kushnick, Chairman and Founder, Teletruth
      Mark Cooper, Research Director, Consumer Federation of America
      Om Malik, senior writer, Business 2.0
      Ron Sege, CEO Tropos Networks
      Rick Ringel, Distinguished Engineer, Inter-Tel
      Esme Vos, founder and CEO, MuniWireless.com
      Drew Clark, Senior Writer, National Journal
      Frannie Wellings, Program Manager, FreePress
      Clay Shirky, Professor, Interactive Telecommunications Program
     About pulvermedia
     pulvermedia is the leading integrated media company, building communities
 and providing ready marketplace access through its unparalleled blend of trade
 shows, publications, web channels, and progressive cutting-edge media.  And as
 the foremost integrated media services company, pulvermedia is ideally poised
 to deliver a vast range of messages to a wide variety of audiences, including
 technology buyers and sellers, government regulators, industry analysts,
 luminaries, pundits and bloggers.
     About isen.com
     Isen.com, LLC is a decidedly independent telecom analysis firm based in
 Cos Cob, CT.  David S. Isenberg, the founder, was recognized as Distinguished
 Member of Technical Staff at AT&T Bell Labs, where he spent 12 years.  Towards
 the end of his tenure, he wrote the internationally renowned essay, "The Rise
 of the Stupid Network."  Today, Isenberg is a Fellow at the Berkman Center for
 Internet and Society at Harvard Law School. Visit http://www.isen.com/blog for
 more information.
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      Diana Caporale
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