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TPR-NE recently hosted a forum on federal telecommunications
legislation.  This was a very lively, accessible, and (believe-
it-or-not) entertaining forum on what is often a dry and
technical subject.  Happily, the event was recorded and is now
available on videotape.  If you want a good and very watchable
intro to telecomm regulation, this is the tape to see.
 
The tape is titled "National Telecommunications Legislation:
Local issues and the Public Interest" and costs $27.  Special
prices may be available to access TV stations.  A description of
this tape and others, together with some ordering information,
can be found below.
 
 
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Telecommunications Policy Roundtable -- Northeast (TPR-NE)
 
VIDEOTAPES
 
  (1) Universal Access and Teledemocracy  (30 min)
  (2) What Journalists Know about the Internet  (60 min)
  (3) How Communities Can Make the Information Highway Come to
Town (60 min)
  (4) National Telecommunications Legislation: Local issues and
the Public Interest
The Telecommunications Policy Roundtable-Northeast (TPR-NE) is a
coalition of New England groups working to protect the public
interest in telecommunications policy and to promote enlightened
policy at the regional and local level.  These cable-release videos
of TPR-NE policy forums were produced by Emerson College and
TPR-NE.
 
     (1) Universal Access and Teledemocracy ($22)  Speakers from
the industry and non-profit sectors debate the meaning of universal
service and its impact on American democracy.  Panelists were:
Stan Kugell, Vice President, Pilgrim Telephone Inc.; Miles
Fidelman, Center For Civic Networking; Eric Loeb, MIT Artificial
Intelligence Lab; Kate Snow, Somerville Community Computing Center;
Allen Shaw, MIT Media Lab; Howard Frederick, Emerson College.
Moderator: Paul Johnson, Citizens for Political Participation and
Actions (CPPAX).
     (2) What Journalists Know about the Internet ($27)
Journalists, educators  and policy makers discuss Internet policies
and practice affecting  journalists and the news business.
Presenters include:  David  Armstrong, Boston Globe; Simson L.
Garfinkel, contributing writer,  Wired; Coralee Whitcomb, Computer
Professionals for Social Responsibility.  Moderator: Phyllis
Haynes, Emerson College.
     (3) How Communities Can Make the Information Highway Come to
Town ($27)   Municipal and community computer pioneers ask how
cities and civil  society in general can assure that they are not
bypassed by the  information superhighway.  Presentations included:
Miles Fidelman, The  Center for Civic Networking; Robert C. Maier,
Massachusetts Board of  Library Commissioners; Geoffrey Beckwith,
Massachusetts Municipal  Association; Curtiss Priest, Center for
Information, Technology &  Society; Ken Komoski, Learning and
Information Network for Community  Telecomputing; Harry Stevens,
computer teleconferencing pioneer; Gordon  Cook, former analyst,
U.S. Office of Technology Assessment; Jennifer  Lawton, Net Daemons
Associations.  Moderator: Hans Klein, Computer Professionals for
Social Responsibility (CPSR).
     (4) National Telecommunications Legislation: Local issues and
the Public Interest ($27)  A panel discussion of pending
telecommunications legislation.  Panelists:  Ted Hill, Office of
Senator Kennedy;  Peter Epstein, National Association of
Telecommunications;  John Waring, NYNEX; Hubert Jessup, Boston
Neighborhood Network TV;  Tom Steele, New England Cable Television
Association.  Moderator - Hans Klein, Computer Professionals for
Social Responsibility (CPSR).
 
All tapes are provided on high-quality VHS, NTSC standard (3/4" or
PAL by special order).  There is a charge of $4.00 for shipping.
Overseas orders, $7 shipping for each tape for airmail delivery.
All tapes are edited and titled for cable release.  Please send
checks or money orders made payable to "Emerson College Bookstore"
to 143 Beacon Street, Boston, MA 02116.  Credit card payments are
accepted (please include number and expiration date).  For more
information, contact Prof. Phyllis Haynes, Emerson College, phone:
617-421-0111 email:  [log in to unmask]