ASPEN, Colo. — Four years? Has it really been FOUR YEARS since we’ve been here in Aspen to talk telecom?
Apparently so, since our last communique from this posh mountain resort town, when we tracked down then-Google CEO Eric Schmidt, has a date of 2007. How time flies. But thanks to our good friends at Light Reading, Sidecut Reports is back in Aspen to cover the traditional summertime telecom policy event, now run by the Technology Policy Institute since the Progress and Freedom Foundation is no more. But it’s a heavyweight lineup this year — two FCC commissioners, one former FCC chairman, policy uber-guy Blair Levin, Verizon’s Tom Tauke, our old pal Joe Waz (ex-Comcast), PayPal founder Peter Theil — the list goes on and on. And Harold Feld is in the house to start fires and raise ruckus! We can’t wait.
While you will have to tune in to Light Reading for what we hope will be exhaustive old-school event coverage (yes that means we are ready to throw down on anyone else here with a media badge), you can always come back here to Sidecut Reports for the TPI Aspen after-party, where we’ll toss in some rumors, innuendos and people-watching, like seeing ace C/Net tech/policy writer Declan McCullagh on our flight out of SFO today.
I’ll bet Declan flew into Aspen. Sidecut went the land route, renting a car and going overland through Vail and Glenwood Springs to this haven of skiing and music and just wonderful folks. There are lots of nice restaurants here too but our late-night meal tonight is peanut butter sandwiches and Mama’s Little Yella Pils in a can. Peanut butter because I can’t eat it at home due to a nut allergy in the house; and cold beer in a can because that is how I roll.
Check back tomorrow night for another Aspen update.