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March 17, 2011

Fidelity Investments "Leadership in Technology" Series Presents Jim Goodmon

Please join us on April 12th at 6 pm in Lecture Hall 1231 EBII for our 3rd and final spring 2011 talk in the Fidelity Investments “Leadership in Technology” Executive Speakers Series.

Our special guest speaker will be Jim Goodmon, President & CEO of Capitol Broadcasting Company. His talk topic will be “The FCC and Wireless Broadband Proposal - The Destruction of Broadcasting.

James Fletcher 'Jim' Goodmon grew up experiencing the world of broadcasting at his grandfather's knee. He was only a child when WRAL-TV won its license from the FCC, but he watched carefully as A.J.Fletcher tackled each new endeavor. Goodmon attended Duke University, but left for the Navy before obtaining a degree. Upon his return, Goodmon became Operations Manager at CBC. In 1979 he was named President & CEO, the position he still holds today.  During his leadership tenure, he has guided the growth of CBC's radio and television holdings, along with such innovative businesses as satellite communications, the Internet, high definition television (HDTV) and high definition radio.  Known as a trailblazer and a pioneer, Goodmon led CBC and its station into the digital age, beginning in the late 1990's when the FCC granted the first experimental HDTV license to WRAL-TV.  He worked hard to set industry standards and to explore every possible use of the digital spectrum, launching a division to datacast over the air and many others.  When the FCC made a ruling to loosen media ownership regulations in June of 2003, Goodmon led the charge nationwide to fight against what he declared would be the death of localism. Once again, Capitol Broadcasting Company came on strong in Washington, DC.  Called a rabble rouser in the press, Goodmon is nonetheless heralded as a champion for the small business owner and local ownership.

For his complete bio, click here.

Abstract: The FCC wireless broadband proposal is anti-consumer and anti-intellectual. Goodmon will discuss the FCC wireless spectrum proposal and offer a new plan for the future of digital broadcasting.

The event is free and open to the public.  Ample free parking is also available.

For directions and more information, visit the series page or contact Ken Tate.

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