I haven't had time to research all of these players, but it basically boils down to 1:05- the Phoenix Center (a pro-free market group); 1:35- cable companies (pro-status quo); 2:05- phone companies (pro-state franchising); 2:35- towns and cities (they want to keep their franchise fees and should want to protect their franchising authority; rural towns especially should demand buildout schedules); and, at 3:05- AARP (a pro-buildout and net neutrality group).
Here's the draft agenda, with comments and links added:
HOUSE REPUBLICAN POLICY COMMITTEE HEARING
Representative Mario J Civera, Chairman
Tuesday, April 18, 2006
Mario J. Civera, Jr., Chairman
Chairmain Civera refused to fill out the National Political Awareness Test, but here is a summary of his stance on various issues. The only thing that stands out for this Republican from Delaware County (just outside of Philadelphia) is his support of labor issues. If you review the Mario Civera fundraising summary, you see that the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers is his top donor.
The front page of the Phoenix Center's website quotes Adam Smith, Friedrich August von Hayek, and Representative James Sensenbrenner. They employ a rhetoric of detached reason to argue in favor of complete deregulation: the immediate introduction of state or federal franchising with no buildout requirements or PEG provisions. (For an example of this argument, see "23 March 2006 Testimony of Phoenix Center Resident Scholar Thomas Koutsky before the Florida House Committee on Utilities and Telecommunications" [pdf])
1:35 p.m. Comcast and the Cable Companies
David Dreidinger, Division V.P. Governmental & Regulatory Affairs, Comcast
Daniel Tunnell, Broadband Cable Association
Bill Domurad, CEO, Clearview Partners
Robert Miller, Director of Government Affairs and Community Relations, Blue Ridge Communications
2:05 p.m. Verizon
Frank Buzydlowski, Verizon Communications
Jane K. Fortin, Director, Verizon PA Regulatory
2:35 p.m. Townships and Boroughs
Elam M. Herr, Assistant Executive Director, Pennsylvania State Association of Township Supervisors
Edward Troxell, Director of Government Affairs, Pennsylvania State Association of Boroughs
Frederick Polner, Esquire, Polner Law Office
Frederick Polner is a telecommunications lawyer and adviser to municipalities. He is a former staff attorney for the FCC. As indicated by his authorship of "Who's in Control? FCC, Congress Tinker with Townships' Authority to Manage Rights of Way, Collect Franchise Fees," he is a strong advocate for local authority.
Thomas Scarborough, Doylestown Township Supervisor, President of Bucks County Association of Township Officials
3:05 p.m. The lone consumer voice.
Raymond Landis, AARP
The AARP recently came out in favor of the open internet, also known as "net neutrality."
Written testimony submitted by: (tentative list of providers)
George Strimel, Chairman, Alliance for Community Media
Irene McNeil, President & CEO, Lower Merion & Narberth Public Access Television