The Progress & Freedom Foundation Special Event - Qwest Chairman and CEO, Richard C. Notebaert speaks. Analysts Anna-Marie Kovacs, Frank Governali, and Blake Bath ask questions, April 28, 2004

Richard C. Notebaert, the chairman and chief executive officer of Qwest Communications International Inc., will speak this Wednesday, April 28, at a lunch sponsored by The Progress & Freedom Foundation.  Joining him in Washington to discuss the current state and future of the telecommunications sector will be noted industry analysts Anna-Marie Kovacs of Regulatory Source Associates, Frank Governali of Goldman Sachs and Blake Bath of Lehman Brothers.  Qwest is a leading provider of voice, video and data services to more than 25 million customers. 

Notebaert, who led the industry with his announcement last year that Qwest would become the first major regional phone company to offer Internet-based phone service, was elected chairman and CEO of the company in June 2002.   Prior to joining Qwest, he led Tellabs for nearly two years, following his 30-year career with Ameritech Corporation.   He retired from his position as chairman of Ameritech in 1999.

The Notebaert event, part of The Progress & Freedom Foundation's ongoing program of CEO Lunches, begins at noon in the Rotunda Room of the Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center at 1300 Pennsylvania Ave., NW .  Lunch is served at noon, and the program begins at 12:30 pm.  Previous series speakers have included Charles Ergen of Echostar, Jeffrey Citron of Vonage and Ivan Seidenberg of Verizon.

Speaker Bios
Richard C. Notebaert CEO of Qwest Communications International, Inc.
Hon. Raymond L. Gifford President of The Progress & Freedom Foundation
Blake Bath Managing Director and Senior Equity Research Analyst for Lehman Brothers
Frank Governali Co-Head of global telecom research for Goldman Sachs' Equity Research Telecom Services
Anna-Maria Kovacs Founder and President of Regulatory Source Associates LLC
Randolph J. May Senior Fellow & director of Communications Policy Studies for The Progress & Freedom Foundation

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About The Progress & Freedom Foundation
The Progress & Freedom Foundation is a market-oriented think tank that studies the impact of the digital revolution and its implications for public policy.  The Foundation is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization founded in 1993.

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