Are you a tech policy geek? Do you have a strange infatuation with nerdy communications, media, and Internet policy matters? Then you probably need to get out more and get a life. Then you should be watching C-Span’s outstanding program “The Communicators“! It’s a half-hour weekly program featuring a different guest expert (or 2) discussing hot topics and developments in the fields of telecom regulation, media policy, and cyberlaw.
This week’s show featured Kyle McSlarrow, President & CEO National Cable & Telecommunications Association (NCTA), as well as one of the nation’s finest beat reporters in this arena, Kim Hart, who writes for The Hill and the excellent Hillicon Valley blog. Their “Communicators” discussion an interesting conversation about the FCC, the agency’s national broadband plan, Net neutrality, universal service subsidies, Google’s rising influence in Beltway debates, and more. Other recent “Communicator” guests, among many others, have included:
- FCC Commissioner Meredith Attwell Baker
- Brad Smith, Microsoft Corporation, Senior VP & General Counsel
- Stuart Benjamin, Federal Communications Commission, Distinguished Scholar in Residence
- FCC Broadband Initiative Exec. Dir. Blair Levin
- Joelle Tessler, AP, Technology Writer & Amy Schatz, WSJ, Reporter
- Nat’l Assoc. of Broadcasters President Gordon Smith
Heck, they even let me appear on the show once! (Must have been a slow week for them.) My only plea to my friends at C-Span… make these videos embeddable! I would write about them almost every week here if I could also embed the video here at the same time.