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Chairman Boucher Will Speak at May 12 Broadband Breakfast Club, on 'How Should 'Unserved' and 'Underserved' Areas Best Be Defined?'

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WASHINGTON, May 1, 2009 - announced that Rep. Rick Boucher, Chairman of the House Energy and Commerce Communications Subcommittee, will speak at the Broadband Breakfast Club on Tuesday, May 12, 2009.

Boucher, who leads Congressional efforts to define and supervise the nation's broadband policy - and its communication strategy for rural America - will lead off the discussion at the Broadband Breakfast Club with a speech at the Old Ebbitt Grill. The topic of the May 12 meeting is "How Should 'Unserved' and 'Underserved' Areas Best Be Defined?"

Registration for the breakfast event is available here. A full American + Continental Breakfast is available beginning at 8 a.m.; the program will begin shortly after 8:30 a.m.

Other speakers at the May Broadband Breakfast Club, the second in a series on "Spending the Broadband Stimulus," will consider one of the leading definition questions that remains to be defined by the Commerce Department's National Telecommunications and Information Administration, the Federal Communications Commission, and the Agriculture Department's Rural Utilities Service: who is served by broadband, and who isn't.

Other confirmed speakers include:

  • Randolph J. May, President, Free State Foundation
  • Jean Plymale, Virginia Tech eCorridors Program
  • James Bradford Ramsey, General Counsel, National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners
  • S. Derek Turner, Research Director, Free Press

The event will be moderated by Drew Clark, Editor and Executive Director of Clark is a veteran telecom and technology journalist, and he founded in January 2008 as a means of providing the public with a free and objective resource of the wired and wireless local broadband carriers, grouped by ZIP code, by speed, by competition and by consumer satisfaction.

Telecommunications policy advocates, attorneys, policy-makers and journalists seeking to obtain insights from top officials in Washington can attend the Broadband Breakfast Club, for as little as $45.00, plus a modest registration fee. The events are on the record and open to the public. Register here for the next breakfast event.

For individuals outside of Washington, or whose schedule doesn't permit attendance in person, archived webcasts of the Broadband Breakfast Club are now available on the channel on TV Mainstream. One full year of online access to each premium webcast is available for $40.00.

Individuals may elect to attend the Broadband Breakfast Club and subscribe to the Weekly Report, a premium newsletter packed with the most relevant and actionable news, analysis and insight into the $7.2 billion broadband stimulus, for $100.00.

Introductory subscriptions to Weekly Report are available at $95.00/month, or $950.00/year. Included within the purchase price is one year of complementary access to each monthly webcast of the Broadband Breakfast Club. Get Four Free Issues of the Weekly Report.

Individuals who register to attend the Broadband Breakfast Club in person will also receive a full year of complementary online access to the webcast.

The registration page for the event is

Previous meetings of the Broadband Breakfast Club have included:

The November meeting, “Should Government Funding Be Part of a National Broadband Plan?” featured a discussion with Stan Fendley of Corning, Kyle McSlarrow of the National Cable and Telecommunications Association and telecommunications consultant John Windhausen, Jr.

The December meeting, "How Applications and Broadband Mapping Harness Demand for High-Speed Internet," featured Geoff Daily, a blogger for; Susan Fox, a vice president at Walt Disney; Neal Neuberger, executive director of the Institute for e-Health Policy; and Alan Shark, executive director of the Public Technology Institute. Click here for access to this webcast.

The January meeting, "What Will Broadband Do to the Universal Service Fund," included Jay Driscoll of CTIA - The Wireless Association; Gregory Rohde, former Assistant Secretary of Commerce under President Clinton and executive director of the the E-9-1-1 Institute; Jennifer Schneider, Office of Rep. Rick Boucher, D-Va., Chairman of the House Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Telecommunications, Technology and the Internet; and Curt Stamp of the Independent Telephone and Telecommunications Alliance. Click here for access to this webcast.

The February meeting, "The Role of Wireless Frequencies in Widespread Broadband Deployment," featured Donald C. Brittingham, Assistant Vice President, Wireless/Spectrum Policy, Verizon Communications; Tom DeRiggi, Rapid DSL & Wireless (a local wireless internet service provider); John Kneuer, former Assistant Secretary of Commerce, 2006-2007, John Kneuer Associates; John Muleta, CEO, M2Z Networks; and Steve B. Sharkey, Senior Director, Regulatory and Spectrum Policy, Motorola. Click here for access to this webcast.

The March meeting, "Broadband Competition: Do We Have It, and How Do We Get More of It?" featured Art Brodsky, Communication Director, Public Knowledge; Kathleen Ham, Vice President, Federal Regulatory, T-Mobile USA; Brent Olson, Assistant Vice President, Public Policy, AT&T; Emmett O'Keefe, Director, Federal Public Policy,; andScott Wallsten, Vice President for Research and Senior Fellow, Technology Policy Institute. Click here for access to this webcast.

The April Meeting, "Spending the Stimulus: Can States’ Front-line Experiences Expedite Broadband Deployment?" included Karen Jackson, Office of Telework Promotion and Broadband Assistance, Commonwealth of Virginia; Betty Ann Kane, Chairman, D.C. Public Service Commission; Graham Richard, former Mayor, City of Fort Wayne, Indiana; and Sue A. Suleski, Technology Investment Specialist and Program Manager for the Pennsylvania Broadband Initiative.

The Broadband Breakfast Club: Spending the Broadband Stimulus, is sponsored by the National Cable and Telecommunications Association and the Benton Foundation.

Because of the limited size of the venue, seated attendance will be reserved the first 45 individuals to register. Two additional sponsored tables are available. Contact Drew Clark, Executive Director, at 202-580-8196.

Drew Clark is the Editor and Publisher of and President of the Rural Telecommunications Congress. He is an attorney who works with cities, communities and companies to promote the benefits of internet connectivity. The articles and posts on and affiliated social media, including the BroadbandCensus Twitter feed are not legal advice or legal services, do not constitute the creation of an attorney-client privilege, and represent the views of their respective authors.

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