Drew Clark: Why a Well-Functioning Intellectual Property System Needs to Strike Down Bad Patents

Intellectual Property August 29th, 2015

Editor’s Note: This past week, Drew Clark’s column in the Deseret News of Salt Lake City, Utah, was on the importance of balance in our patent system. Click here for links to all of his Deseret News columns.

ASPEN, Colo. — As with many former mining camps in the Rocky Mountains, this one is best known for winter sports like skiing. But this mountain town has also developed a summertime niche: Hosting policy-makers seeking the cool air refuge from humid Washington summers.

This year, the refreshing breeze came in from the new head of the United States Patent and Trademark Office.

For nearly 20 years, Aspen in late August has been home to a small but influential gathering of the Technology Policy Institute. It gathers legislators, regulators, lobbyists and academics who seek to shape the course of policy surrounding information and communications technology.

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While Universal Service Reforms Show Promise, Politics Clouds Fund’s Future

Broadband's Impact August 19th, 2015

ASPEN, Colorado, August 19, 2015 – In spite of several positive efforts to reform the complex and dated rules that govern the Federal Communication Commission’s universal service fund, key decisions surrounding the $8 billion annual fund remain ineluctably political.

That was the message shared by panelists, including a commissioner at the FCC, speaking at a session on Tuesday at the Technology Policy Institute’s annual forum here.

For example, the panelists — which also include two economists, a cable industry lobbyist and the former director of the National Broadband Plan — applauded efforts to bring greater economic efficiency to telecom network construction through a system known as a “reverse auction.”

They also supported efforts to promote broadband adoption by providing income-based vouchers for the purpose of internet services.

But decisions about the allocation of funds within the USF — and the key question of how the fund is to be paid for — remain political hot potatoes.

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Moderator Scott Wallsten of the Technology Policy Institute, with panelists Mignon Clyburn, James Assey, Blair Levin, Gregory Rosston, and Bradley Wimmer.

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President Obama Signs Executive Order Making Presidential Innovation Fellows Program Permanent

Broadband Data, Press Releases August 17th, 2015

Editor’s Note: This Presidential Innovation Fellows Program, highlighted in a press release today from the White House, is a fascinating exercise of how President Obama has institutionalized technology innovation, one of the main accomplishments of his administration in technology policy. THE WHITE HOUSE Office of the Press Secretary FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE August 17, 2015 FACT […]

White House Cybersecurity Czar Highlights Escalation Paths for Cyberdefense, Highlights ‘Risk-Management’

Broadband's Impact, Cybersecurity August 17th, 2015

ASPEN, August 17, 2015 - The Technology Policy Institute’s Aspen 2015 Forum opened here on Sunday night with a focus on the increasing prominence that cybersecurity threats play in core national defense matters.

“A greater and greater percentage of the president’s daily briefings is taken up with cybersecurity threats,” said Michael Daniel, special assistant to the president and cybersecurity coordinator, speaking at the mountain resort here in a question-and-answer session with Alan Raul, a partner and global coordinator for privacy and data security with the law firm of Sidley Austin.

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Michael Daniel, White House Cybersecurity Czar, and Alan Raul, at Aspen.

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Scott DeGarmo, President and CEO of Broadband Communities, Dies on Saturday

Broadband Stimulus, Broadband's Impact August 17th, 2015

August 17, 2015 – Broadband Communities announced that Scott DeGarmo, President and CEO of Broadband Communities, the publisher of Broadband Communities Magazine and the organizer of the Broadband Communities Summit, died on Saturday, August 15, 2015. The organization posted this announcement on the Broadband Communities web site.

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Beehive Startups Built a Startup Studio in Utah

Broadband's Impact June 25th, 2015

Beehive Startups announced their newest project StartStudio, which isn’t an accelerator but rather a studio dedicated to creating strong tech companies. Sourced through Scoop.it from: tech.co Big news out on the Wasatch Front with the launch of a new accelerator/studio designed to help launch new tech companies. See on Scoop.it – BroadbandPolicy

FCC Workshop on eRate Funding Shows New Flexibility for School and Library Fiber Builds

FCC, Fiber, Gigabit Networks, Universal Service June 18th, 2015

June 18, 2015 – Recent changes to the eligibility rules for the Federal Communication Commission’s eRate program open the door for new fiber connections for schools and libraries using agency funds. Among the rule changes were the suspension of the requirement that applicants seek funding for large up front construction costs over several years, the […]

Drew Clark: Innovation debate between rival visions promotes progress and useful arts

Broadband's Impact June 17th, 2015

““Innovation” is among the most highly prized civic and commercial virtues today. So much so that opposing sides in policy contests each claim its mantle. Nowhere is this truer than in now-bubbling debate on Capitol Hill in Washington over patent reform. This isn’t a battle of David against Goliath. It’s a battle of Goliath against Goliath. […]

Next Century Cities: GAO Report Should Prompt Accessible Broadband Performance Information

Broadband Data, Press Releases June 17th, 2015

Editor’s Note: Next Century Cities released the following press release, signed by representatives of 35 of the 95 cities supporting the organization’s six principles. The link to the release on the organization’s web site. 35 Mayors and Elected Officials Call for Accessible Broadband Performance Information Following GAO Investigation WASHINGTON, June 17, 2015 – Today, 35 […]

Broadband Conferences This Week in Three Time Zones to Consider National, Regional, State Initiatives

Broadband's Impact June 8th, 2015

June 8, 2015 – Broadband conference this week in three time zones will consider the next stages of nation-, region- and state-wide broadband initiatives.

The conferences, in the Mountain, Central and Eastern Time zones, begin on Monday and Tuesday in Vail, Colorado with the “Mountain Connect” program. The program includes keynote presentations by Connected Nation Exchange and Dave Zelenok, chief innovation officer for the city of Centennial.

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At Chicago’s McCormick Place, the web site Light Reading’s third annual Big Telecom Event on Tuesday and Wednesday includes an array of discussions about building Gigabit Networks across the country. On Tuesday, former National Broadband Plan Director Blair Levin participates in a panel discussion about “network services” for the Gigabit Age.

And on Thursday and Friday, in Albany, the New York State Broadband Program Office hosts its third annual broadband summit.  The summit this week will highly New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s new $1 billion state broadband program designed to leverage public and private resources, and which the program office called “the largest and boldest state investment in universal broadband deployment in the country.”

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At the eastern edge of the Rocky Mountains in Vail, Moutain Connect aims to “facilitate and accelerate the maturation of broadband infrastructure transforming technology innovation, policy and sustainable economic prosperity for communities in Colorado.”
In 2014, the program featured keynote addresses from Phil Halstead, then-Executive Director of the Partnership for a Connected Illinois, plus individuals associated with a Wi-Fi network in Vail.

This year, in addition to Centennial, the program includes individuals from communities in Colorado including Longmont, Montrose, Vail and others. Also addressing the audience will be a range of companies offering services to build public-private networks.

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