Ohio Telecom & Technology Forum February 17, 2009

Published February 10, 2009

Ohio lawmakers have an opportunity to open technological and job creation opportunities as they begin the task of rewriting the state’s telecommunications laws. The Discovery Institute estimates the economic impact of real telecommunications reform could total $5 billion over the next five years.

Please join us at a Telecom Reform Forum at the Hyatt on Capitol Square, Columbus, where we will hear from some of the nation’s leading free-market experts on telecom reform, who will answer your questions and encourage further consideration of these stimulating ideas. Our speakers will discuss tax fairness, the case for regulatory reform, and more.

The Heartland Institute Telecom Reform Forum will take place on Tuesday, February 17, 2009 from 9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.      


Hance Haney, J.D. is director and senior fellow of the Technology & Democracy Project at the Discovery Institute in Washington, DC. He is coauthor, with George Gilder, of “10 Principles of Telecom Reform,” published in February 2009 by The Heartland Institute.

James G. Lakely is a research fellow at The Heartland Institute and managing editor of Infotech & Telecom News. His writings on the Internet, technology, and telecom have appeared in the New York Post, San Francisco Chronicle, Chicago Sun-Times, and other newspapers

Jerry Ellig, Ph.D., a native Ohioan, has been a senior research fellow at the Mercatus Center at George Mason University since 1996. He has held positions with the Federal Trade Commission and Joint Economic Committee of Congress; and as an assistant professor of economics at George Mason University.

Brandt Hershman is currently the majority whip in the Indiana State Senate. In 2006, he introduced legislation that revamped the state’s regulatory framework for telecommunications. The bill received overwhelming bipartisan support and has been touted as the most progressive telecom reform legislation in the country.

There is no registration fee for this event, which includes a continental breakfast and box lunch.
Please RSVP to Zwahy’yah McElrath at 312/377-4000 or [email protected].