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A Cast of Data Experts to Speak at February 9 Broadband Breakfast Club

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WASHINGTON, February 2, 2010 - A cast of key experts on the issue of collecting and using broadband data -including two key officials at the Federal Communications Commission, plus a former agency chief economist - have confirmed their participation in the Broadband Breakfast Club on Tuesday, February 9, 2010, from 8 a.m. to 10 a.m.

The event is titled "Setting the Table for the National Broadband Plan: Collecting and Using Broadband Data," and will be keynoted by Paul de Sa, Chief of Office of Strategic Planning & Policy Analysis at the FCC. The division is widely regarded as the agency's internal "think tank" on dealing with forward-looking issues, particularly broadband.

In addition to de Sa, who will join the panel upon the conclusion of his presentation, confirmed experts at the event will include:

  • Jeff Campbell, Senior Director, Technology and Trade Policy of Global Policy and Government Affairsm Cisco Systems
  • Michelle Connolly, Associate Professor of Economics, Duke University; former Chief Economist, Federal Communications Commission
  • John Horrigan, Director, Consumer Research, Omnibus Broadband Initiative, Federal Communications Commission
  • Brian Webster,

Registration for the program, from 8 a.m. to 10 a.m., is available here.

The discussion, which will be moderated by Drew Clark, Executive Director of and Editor of its news operations,, will engage on the topics of the FCC's authority over the issue of broadband data, the role that public and transparent data plays in the development of the National Broadband Plan, as well as the role that specific databases - such as Form 477 - may be harnessed and utilized. The issue of consumer survey, both by the FCC and by third parties, will also be discussed.

Interested observers seeking to weigh in on the discussion of broadband data may reply to the "Question of the Week" on

“How Can the FCC Help Collect and Release Better Broadband Data?”

The Broadband Breakfast Club is Sponsored by:

Telecommunications Industry Association

International Broadband Electric Communications, Inc.International Broadband Electric Communications, Inc.

National Cable and Telecommunications Association

Benton Foundation

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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