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Friday, June 10, 2005

Anchorage, Alaska Will Host National Policy Meeting on Technology

Make your voice heard, see some awesome sights, and maybe catch a 20, 30, or 50 pound King Salmon within walking distance of your hotel!

Washington, DC ---- Municipal officials will discuss recent proposals by Alaska Senator Ted Stevens for a national video franchise agreement, the importance of protecting public rights of way, the ability of cities to provide broadband connections for their residents and businesses, and the upcoming rewrite of the Telecommunications Act at a meeting of the National League of Cities (NLC), June 16-18, in Anchorage at the Millennium Alaskan Hotel.

NLC’s Information Technology and Communications Steering Committee will examine and develop recommendations for national policy on a variety of telecommunications issues. The committee, chaired by Arvada, Colo., Mayor Ken Fellman, will also observe technology used in telemedicine procedures.

“The federal government should use a deliberative process in reviewing communications law,” said Mayor Fellman. “Local franchise authority, local police powers, and public interest obligations deserve protection. The federal government should facilitate local efforts to promote competition, public safety, and appropriate management of public property.”

In addition, NLC’s Energy, Environment and Natural Resources (EENR) Steering Committee will also meet in Anchorage from June 16-18. The EENR Committee is expected to discuss issues related to alternative fuels and ways to improve water quality.

For more information on the agendas for these meetings, contact Sherry Conway Appel, 202-626-3003.

The policy recommendations developed at these meetings will be refined in the fall and presented to the full NLC membership for consideration and adoption in December 2005. These policies form the basis for lobbying and advocacy in Congress and the Administration.

The National League of Cities is the oldest and largest national organization representing municipal governments throughout the United States. With a membership of more than 1,600 cities and towns, as well as 49 state associations, NLC serves as a resource and advocate for 18,000 U.S. cities that serve 225 million people across the United States.

And now for the fish: "Craig Harrison put a slam in the Slam'n Salm'n Derby at Ship Creek early Friday morning after catching a pro-class leading lunker.

Harrison, who's been stationed at Elmendorf Air Force Base since 1999, snagged a 50.20-pounder at 8:15 a.m., blowing away the previous pro class leader, James Jones, who caught a 38.35-pound fish. Overall, the second heaviest fish is Davis Nashalook's 42-pounder in the senior division."

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