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Broadband People Column: FCC’s Clyburn, Baker Get New Assignments

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WASHINGTON, December 18, 2009 - The Federal Communications Commission has appointed Commissioners Mignon Clyburn and Meredith Attwell Baker to serve on the federal-state boards for universal service and jurisdictional separations. Clyburn will serve as federal chair of both panels. FCC Commissioner Michael Copps will continue to serve on both boards.

The Federal-State Joint Board on Universal Service was established by the Telecommunications Act of 1996 to implement universal service provisions and to make recommendations on universal service matters. The Federal-State Joint Board on Jurisdictional Separations advises the FCC on the apportionment of regulated costs between interstate and intrastate jurisdictions.

The FCC also announced that Chairman Julius Genachowski and Commissioners Clyburn and Baker will be members of the Federal-State Joint Conference on Advanced Services, along with Copps and Commissioner Robert McDowell. Clyburn will also serve as federal chair of the Joint Conference, which provides a forum for discussion on the development of broadband resources between the FCC, states, and local and regional entities.

In the portions of this story included as Premium Content, reports about the goings-on at Microsoft, The House Science and Technology Committee, the Massachusetts Broadband Institute, CANARIE, the British Embassy and Google.

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Microsoft is bringing Frank Cavaliere on board as director of government affairs for the Senate. Cavaliere plans to focus on policies related to education and workforce development, immigration, intellectual property, telecommunications, trade, andinternet safety, among others.

Cavaliere previously served as vice president and senior counsel of federal affairs and policy for the Motion Picture Association of America. He has also been a vice president of federal and regulatory affairs at Vonage Holdings Corporation and the deputy legislative director for then-Sen. George Allen.

Tech Committee Chairman To Retire

House Science and Technology Committee Chairman Bart Gordon, D-Tenn., announced Monday that he will not seek re-election to the House when his term ends in 2010.

“When I was elected, I was the youngest member of the Tennessee congressional delegation; now, I’m one of the oldest. In fact, I have members of my staff who weren’t even born when I took office.That tells me it’s time for a new chapter,” said Gordon. The congressman said he made the decision after consulting with his wife, Leslie, a partner with Korn/Ferry International.

“Turning 60 has led me to re-evaluate what’s next. I have an 8-year-old daughter and a wonderful wife who has a very demanding job. I am the only child of my 83-year-old mother, Margaret. They have made sacrifices to allow me to do what I love by serving in Congress, and now it’s my turn,” added Gordon.

Gordon was named chairman of the House Science and Technology Committee in 2007, when he became Tennessee’s first full committee chairman in 30 years. The congressman said he is grateful for the opportunities it presented such as to author landmark legislation such as the America COMPETES Act.

Rep. Jerry Costello, D-Ill., said he will look to fill Gordon’s void. “As the second ranking Democrat on the Science and Technology Committee, I am interested in and will pursue the chairmanship of the full committee and look forward to discussing it with our Democratic leadership and my colleagues in our caucus.”

Gordon “has been a very effective leader of the Science and Technology Committee, strongly advocating the important role of Science for society, including a great emphasis on math and science education,” said Costello.

Dumont To Head Massachusetts Broadband Institute

Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick has appointed Judith Dumont to serve as director of the Massachusetts Broadband Institute, an agency created to bridge the digital divide and deliver affordable, reliable, high-speed internet service to every community in the state by 2011.

“Broadband lifts up local economies, improves our schools and strengthens public safety. That’s why expanding coverage throughout the state has been one of our foremost priorities,” said Governor Patrick in a statement.

Dumont previously served as president of the decisioning solutions business unit at Lightbridge, Inc., a Massachusetts publicly traded software provider for the industry.

Arnaud To Leave CANARIE

Bill St. Arnaud is stepping down as chief research officer of CANARIE or the Canadian Advanced Network and Research for Industry and Education.

“Over the past 15 years of tenure at CANARIE I am very proud to feel that I have made a small contribution to several significant developments in the areas of customer owned networks, user controlled lightpaths, development of infrastructure as service, various broadband initiatives and most recently in looking at how networks and cyber-infrastructure can help address the challenge of climate change,” wrote Arnaud in a farewell email.

“I now look forward to pursing new opportunities related to my on going passion for Internet networking, especially in the area of developing network and ICT tools to mitigate climate change,” he added.

Arnaud has previously served as president and founder of a network and software engineering firm called TSA ProForma Inc., a software company that developed wide area network client and server systems.

Google Gets New Face

Jennifer Taylor, a senior policy advisor for information communications and technology and business relations for the British Embassy, will soon be joining Google’s public policy team. The British Embassy is currently looking to fill her position.

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Winter covered technology policy issues for five-and-a-half years as a reporter for the National Journal Group. She has worked for USA Today, the Washington Times, the Magazine Group, the State Department’s International Visitor’s Program, and the Council on Hemispheric Affairs. She also taught English at a university in Tegucigalpa, Honduras.

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  1. It’s a shame that this may cause Commissioners Baker and Clyburn to feel more investedin the current USF system, when it really needs to be scrapped altogether and replaced by a system of direct grants and vouchers.

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