Copps to Helm FCC's Comcast-NBCU Field Forum


Washington -- Commissioner Michael Copps, senior counsel to
the chairman for transactions John Flynn, and Media Bureau chief Bill Lake are
scheduled to headline the Federal Communications Commission's contingent at the
July 13 forum in Chicago on the Comcast-NBC Universal deal.

Copps has long had concerns about the impact of media

Chairman Julius Genachowski will make remarks in a
prerecorded video, according to a spokesperson.

The forum will be divided into two panels, the first dealing
with online video distribution, the second multichannel video distribution.

That is according to a just-released agenda for the event,
which is not an official hearing that all of the commissioners would be
expected to attend. Slated for the first panel, moderated by Flynn, are Jeffrey
Blum, deputy general counsel, Dish Network; Susan Crawford, professor, Cardozo
Law School, and visiting research collaborator, Princeton University; Markham
C. Erickson, partner, Holch & Erickson LLP, and executive director,
NetCoalition; Travis Parsons, senior director, business development, Sezmi;
Josh Silver, President and CEO, Free Press; Scott Wallsten, vice president for research
and senior fellow, Technology Policy Institute; and Susan Whiting, vice chair,
Nielsen Co.

The second panel, moderated by Lake, will feature
Colleen Abdoulah, CEO, WideOpenWest; Tyrone Brown, president of Media Access
Project and a former FCC commissioner; Brian Lawlor, president-chairman, NBC
Television Affiliates and senior vice president of television, The E.W. Scripps
Co.; William Rogerson, professor of economics, Northwestern University; Ken
Solomon, CEO, The Tennis Channel; and James Speta, professor, Northwestern
University School of Law.