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The Debate Over Internet Governance:
A Snapshot in the Year 2000




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    Carl Kaplan
    Michael Krieger
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Eric Menge is Assistant Chief Counsel in the Office of Advocacy, U.S. Small Business Administration, where he represents the views and interests of small business in telecommunications within the federal government and serving as a focal point for concerns regarding the government’s policies as they affect small business, developing proposals for changes in federal agencies’ policies, and communicating these proposals to the agencies.

Before joining the Office of Advocacy, Mr. Menge was employed as associate counsel at the Independent Telephone and Telecommunications Association in Washington, D.C., where he assisted in the representation of mid-sized incumbent local exchange carriers.  Mr. Menge holds a Bachelor of Science in Journalism from the University of Florida, and a Juris Doctor from the Columbus School of Law at the Catholic University of America.  He is admitted to the Maryland State and District of Columbia bars. 

Office of Advocacy, U.S. Small Business Administration

America's small businesses -- some 20 million strong -- are the strength of our nation's economy. They account for 39 percent of the country's gross national product, create two out of every three new jobs and produce two and one half times as many innovations per employee as do large firms.

Despite their importance to the economy, small businesses are heavily burdened by the costs of government regulation and excessive paperwork. In 1976, the U.S.  Congress created the Office of Advocacy within the U.S Small Business Administration to protect, strengthen and effectively represent the nation's small businesses within the federal government's legislative and rule-making processes.

The Office of Advocacy works to reduce the burdens that federal policies imposes on small firms and maximize the benefits small businesses receive from the government. Advocacy's mission, simply stated, is to encourage policies that support the development and growth of American small business.



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