SAN FRANCISCO, May 7, 2013 - The Division of Ratepayer Advocates (DRA), the independent consumer advocate within the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC), will host a thought provoking presentation and dialogue with Roosevelt Institute Fellow Susan Crawford on: “Digital Communications in the United States: Should Broadband Communications be a Public Utility Service?”

WHEN: Tuesday, May 14, 2013, 2:00 p.m. - 3:30 p.m. PDT
WHERE: CPUC Auditorium, 505 Van Ness Ave., San Francisco, CA

The event will be both video webcast in real-time and archived.

Ms. Crawford, a Roosevelt Institute Fellow, Cardozo Law School Professor, and former Presidential Transition Team member, will present ideas from her recent book, Captive Audience -- The Telecom Industry and Monopoly Power in the New Gilded Age.

Professor Crawford will speak on the current status of broadband communications including the state of competition, affordability, availability of high speed internet, and whether cities should be allowed to build their own municipal fiber broadband networks. Attendees are encouraged to participate in the dialogue.

Questions for the Forum may be posted on Twitter using #DRAForum.
Please visit DRA’s Event webpage for more details.