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October 7, 2003

DTC hosts Senate Telecommunications Subcommittee meeting

ON OCTOBER 7, 2003 the Minnesota Senate's Telecommunication Subcommittee, chaired by Senator Steve Kelley, held an informational hearing on trends in telecommunications at the the University of Minnesota Digital Technology Center. In addition to Sen. Kelley, Sen. Ellen Anderson, Sen. David Gaither, Sen. Sheila Kiscaden, Sen. Julie Rosen, and Rep. Neva Walker attended the hearing. The meeting agenda is below.


with the Senate Committee on Commerce and Utilities
and the House Committee on Regulated Industries

October 7, 2003
1:00 p.m.–4:30 p.m.
University of Minnesota

Edward Garvey
“The Future of Minnesota Telecommunications Policy”

Edward Garvey was appointed Deputy Commissioner for the Energy and Telecommunications Divisions of the Minnesota Department of Commerce in January. Prior to this, he served on the Minnesota Public Utilities Commission, of which he was chair for three years. Garvey has also served on several national committees and boards, and for several years represented the National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners’ (NARUC) at the international climate change negotiation meetings.

Vint Cerf
“The Future of the Internet”

Vinton G. Cerf is Senior Vice President of Architecture and Technology for MCI. Cerf's team of architects and engineers design advanced networking frameworks including Internet-based solutions for delivering a combination of data, information, voice, and video services for business and consumer use. Widely known as one of the "Fathers of the Internet," Cerf is the co-designer of the TCP/IP protocols and the architecture of the Internet. In December 1997, President Clinton presented the U.S. National Medal of Technology to Cerf and his partner, Robert E. Kahn, for founding and developing the Internet.

Milda K. Hedblom
“Broadband to the Home & New Kids on the Block:
Do Users Care? Should Legislators Care?”

Milda K. Hedblom is Director of the Telecommunications and Information Society Policy Forum at the HHH Institute of Public Affairs, which conducts public programs on leading issues of concern to legislators, regulators, the communications and information industries, and the public. Most recently she served as Executive Coordinator of the World Summit on the Information Society project of the United Nations in Geneva Switzerland. She teaches at Augsburg College and at the Carlson School, University of Minnesota, is "Of Counsel" to the law firm Lockridge Grindal Nauen, and does private consulting work with Dain International Services.

Natalie Baker
“The Economics of Telecommunications”

Natalie Baker is a district manager of network engineering and operations for AT&T, where she deals with connectivity expense management. She has extensive experience in both the wireline and wireless industries. She holds two masters degrees, including one in public administration with an emphasis on trade and technology policy, as well as a Ph.D. in Public Affairs. Baker also is a faculty member at the University of Colorado Graduate School of Public Affairs.

Andrew Odlyzko “Broadband Capabilities”

Andrew Odlyzko is Director of the Digital Technology Center at the University of Minnesota, where he also holds an ADC Professorship and is Assistant Vice President for Research. Prior to this work, he devoted 26 years to research and research management at Bell Telephone Laboratories, AT&T Bell Labs, and AT&T Labs. He has written over 150 technical papers on topics such as computational complexity, cryptography, and number theory. Odlyzko is currently working on electronic publishing, electronic commerce, and economics of data networks. He may be known best for an early debunking of the myth that Internet traffic would double every three or four months.