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'Father of Telemedicine' to Speak at Broadband Breakfast Club on October 13

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October 13, 2009, Event Will Consider Broadband's Impact on Health Care and Telemedicine; Second in a Series on 'Setting the Table for the National Broadband Plan'

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WASHINGTON, October 7, 2009 - announced the panelists for the next Broadband Breakfast Club, “Setting the Table for the National Broadband Plan: Health Care,” on Tuesday, October 13, 2009, at 8 a.m.

The series, which will run until February 9, 2010, one week before the Federal Communications Commission's plan is due to Congress, will continue the Broadband Breakfast Club’s year-long tradition of inviting top experts and policy-makers to share breakfast and perspectives on broadband technology and internet policy.

The panel on Tuesday, October 13, 2009, is the second in the series. It will consider how will broadband affect burgeoning controversies over health care? Are the cost savings available through telemedicine as good as promised? Will information technologies be part of the solution - or just another complicating factor in the intricate medical system?

Confirmed Panelists:

  • Dr. Adam Darkins, Department of Veterans' Affairs.
  • Col. Ron Poropatich, M.D., Department of the Army.
  • Dr. Jay Sanders, Global Telemedicine Group; often dubbed the "father of telemedicine."
  • Additional panelists have been invited.

The newest series of the Broadband Breakfast Club continues with a look at the developing National Broadband Plan. What is such a plan likely to resemble? How will it affect deployment, adoption and the use of broadband throughout the United States? How will it affect health care, the environment, the digital divide, and online learning?

Telecommunications advocates, policy-makers, journalists, and top officials seeking to trade insights on these important issue can attend the Broadband Breakfast Club, which includes a full American and Continental breakfast, for as little as $45.00, plus a modest registration fee. The events are on the record and open to the public.

The events are hosted by Drew Clark, Editor and Executive Director of and a respected journalist covering the politics of telecom, media and technology. Join the conversation for an engaging and in-depth examination of broadband - one of the most vital topics of our day.

Following the October event, the agenda for the series is as follows:

Tuesday, November 10, 2009, 8 a.m. - The Environment and Telecommuting

How carbon-positive a technology is broadband? What's keeping telecommuting from being more widely adopted as a technology? What are the other "green" benefits of broadband communication, and how can the National Broadband Plan best encourage them?

Tuesday, December 8, 2009, 8 a.m. - Bridging the Digital Divide

Increasingly, access to broadband is being seen as a civil right. Is the promise of broadband technology truly available to all? What are the best ways to "move the needle" in this country on broadband adoption? Globally, what lessons have and can be learned from other nations' experiences in ameliorating the digital divide?

Tuesday, January 12, 2010, 8 a.m. - Education and Distance Learning

As with telemedicine, broadband has long offered the prospect that rural residents will be able to take advantage of something generally available only in urban or suburban areas: the best that higher education has to offer. Is broadband living up to this educational promise? Also, what role can both secondary and specialized forms of education play in helping turbo-charge the FCC's National Broadband Plan?

Tuesday, February 9, 2010, 8 a.m. - TBD

One week before the FCC's National Broadband Plan is due to Congress, the concluding event in this series of the Broadband Breakfast Club will consider a topic to be determined.

About and the Broadband Breakfast Club

The Broadband Breakfast Club is produced by Broadband Census News LLC, a limited liability company in the Commonwealth of Virginia devoted to news and events, including daily reporting from Washington and the states. The Broadband Breakfast Club has been inviting top experts and policy-makers to share breakfast and perspectives on broadband technology and internet policy on the second Tuesday of each month since October 2008.

Broadband Census News LLC is a sister company of Broadband Census Data LLC (d/b/a, which offers commercial services – including the independent verification of broadband data – to cities, states, carriers and broadband users.  Both Broadband Census News LLC and Broadband Census Data LLC are subsidiaries of Broadband Census LLC, and are organized in the Commonwealth of Virginia.

The "Broadband Breakfast Club: Setting the Table for the National Broadband Plan," is sponsored by the National Cable and Telecommunications Association, the International Broadband Electric Communications, Inc., and the Benton Foundation. For additional sponsorship opportunities, please e-mail:

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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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