Telecom Prom Explained

Washington has way too many fundraising dinners. As a rule I’m pretty choosy about which ones I go to — there’s only so much hotel food and coat check confusion I care to put up with.  But this week’s annual Federal Communications Bar Association dinner with FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski was actually a lot of fun.

What makes this dinner fun is that the chairman of the FCC gives a speech which pokes fun of the companies the Commission regulates. It’s definitely filled with inside baseball jokes, but if you work in the telecom policy world like I do, you’re guaranteed to laugh. Attendees have dubbed the event, “Telecom Prom”.

As one friend of mine explained it, the dinner is where, “geeks try to be cool and we’re just with each other, so it works.”

Here’s a video I shot of my friend Kim Hart, a reporter with The Hill newspaper, explaining “Telecom Prom”.


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