Audi of America Joins Panel on ‘Smart Cars, the Consumer Experience and Broadband’

Broadband's Impact, Public Safety, The Innovation Economy March 14th, 2013

, Director of Marketing and Events, BroadbandBreakfast.com

WASHINGTON, Thursday March 14th, 2013 – The broadband policy news and events service BroadbandBreakfast.com will hold its March 2013 Broadband Breakfast Club event:

“Smart Cars, the Consumer Experience and Broadband” on Tuesday, March 19th, 2013 at Clyde’s of Gallery Place, 707 7th St. NW, Washington, DC 20001 from 8 am – 10 am.

Details and Registration are available at:

http://broadbandbreakfast.eventbrite.com

American and Continental breakfasts are included. The program begins shortly after 8:30 a.m. Tickets to the event are $45.00 plus a small online fee.

Registration is available at http://broadbandbreakfast.eventbrite.com

The Broadband Breakfast Club is sponsored by Comcast, Google and US Telecom.

Panel:

Steven Bayless, Senior Director of Telecommunications and Telematics, Intelligent Transportation Society of America (ITS America)

Stephen Bayless is responsible for providing guidance to ITS America’s Board of Directors and senior staff on matters involving new technologies, wireless services and evolving automotive platforms, intelligent transportation infrastructure, operations and customer services. Steven previously served as staff advisor and Presidential Management Fellow in the Secretary of Transportation’s policy office at US DOT headquarters. Steven had cabinet-level lead in policy related to research and development, spectrum management and telecommunications policy. As a detailee to the White House, he assisted in formulation of several presidential directives on aerospace policy, focusing in particular on satellite navigation. He also advised the State Department and the Federal Aviation Administration in negotiations on space and aviation cooperation with the European Union, the Russian Federation and Japan. In the surface transportation domain, Bayless supported secretarial policy initiatives regarding the reorientation of federal research and development, highway safety, and transportation infrastructure finance reform. Steven holds a specialized masters degree from the Fletcher School at Tufts University in International Security Studies and Business. His bachelor degree is in Economics and Foreign Affairs from the University of Virginia. 

Catherine McCullough, Vice President, DCI Group

Catherine McCullough is a government affairs consultant who works with industry-leading clients on matters before Congress and federal agencies. She is a life-long resident of the Washington, DC, area and has worked in politics and policy for over twenty years. Prior to joining DCI Group, she conceived and implemented successful lobby and public affairs strategies for clients with crucial issues in the telecommunications, tech, banking, consumer products, and healthcare industries. Ms. McCullough previously served as a Counsel for the U.S. Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation when it was led by Senator Hollings and later when it was led by Senator Inouye. The Commerce Committee oversees and writes laws that regulate much of U.S. industry. There she worked on the subcommittees that oversaw the consumer product, auto, tech, tourism, sports and insurance industries. Her background in data privacy issues led her to a role as a negotiator on the US SAFE WEB Act, which became law in 2006, and the Committee’s identity theft prevention bill. Also during her time with the Committee, Ms. McCullough worked on many high-profile issues including post-Katrina oil and gas pricing, steroid use by U.S. Olympic and professional athletes, the “Do Not Call” list, and the Jack Abramoff investigation. Ms. McCullough is a contributor to blogs on politics and policy such as CommLawBlog. She is an attorney and also holds degrees in Journalism and Political Science.

Anupam Malhotra, Manager Connected Vehicles, Audi of America

Anupam Malhotra is Senior Manager Connected Vehicles for Audi of America, responsible for all the operations of the Audi connect® infotainment system and services and the formulation and execution of the company’s connected-vehicle strategy with Audi AG. “Pom” Malhotra joined Audi in mid-2010 on a contract basis as a subject-matter expert, but soon it became apparent that connectivity would become a crucial part of the technology proposition for the entire brand, and his position was formalized. He joined Audi initially from his role as head of enterprise quality for location-based services for General Motors’ pioneering OnStar brand. “This is an important aspect of Audi visionary thinking as well as a recognition that our customers are very in tune with these types of services,” Malhotra said. “We very much believe, and are pursuing, the idea that what consumers do at home and at play in terms of their information and entertainment lifestyles must be accommodated and enhanced by their experience in their Audi vehicle. Infotainment will become a core differentiator among luxury brands going forward; that will be a given.” Already, Malhotra said, Audi connect has become one of the top five reasons that customers are telling dealers they want to buy an Audi. And the company has provided a number of “industry firsts” in infotainment, including the first Google Earth feed of satellite imagery to a vehicle’s navigation system, the first system to provide Wi-Fi service to as many as eight devices in the same vehicle, and the use of Google Voice Local Search to facilitate the understanding and implementation of verbal commands by the vehicle’s infotainment system.

Jeff Stewart, Director – Public Policy, Wireless, AT&T External & Legislative Affairs

Jeff Stewart is responsible for developing AT&T’s public policy positions and providing policy guidance to AT&T’s business units on issues pertaining to wireless network management, net neutrality, and new applications and services. He also provides policy support and guidance to AT&T’s Emerging Devices Organization, which connects a broad range of new devices to wireless networks, including connected cars. Jeff worked in marketing and operations roles at AT&T before joining the Public Policy organization. Prior to joining AT&T, Jeff served on active duty in the Marine Corps. He continues to serve in the Marine Corps Reserve, currently as the commanding officer of an artillery battery in Chattanooga, TN. Jeff has a bachelor’s degree in History from the University of Chicago, and an MBA focused on technology innovation from Georgia Tech.

Moderator:

Russell Holly, Mobile Editor, Geek.com

Russell Holly focuses on anything with a touch screen. For the last five years, he’s focused on mobile and open source technologies as they apply to new computing environments and lifestyle integration. Russell’s coverage in the mobile field ranges from security to application development, with a strong focus on user oriented device control or BYOD situations.

The Broadband Breakfast Club series meets on the third Tuesday of each month (except for August and December).

The Broadband Breakfast Club schedule can be viewed at

http://broadbandbreakfastseries.eventbrite.com

Read our website for broadband news and event write-ups

http://www.broadbandbreakfast.com

Videos of our previous events are available at:

http://broadbandbreakfast.com/category/broadband-tv/

Background on BroadbandBreakfast.com

BroadbandBreakfast.com is in its fifth year of hosting monthly breakfast forums in Washington on broadband and related internet policy issues. These events are on the record, open to the public and consider a wide range of viewpoints. Our Broadband Breakfast Club meets on the third tuesday of every month (except for August and December).

Our elected official keynotes have included Representatives Zoe Lofgren (D-CA), John Conyers (D-MI), Diane Watson (D-CA), Joe Barton (R-TX) and the former Rep. Rick Boucher (D-VA).

Our agency and commission official keynotes have included Deputy Undersecretary for Agriculture Dallas Tonsager, Julius Genachowski, Chairman FCC; former RUS Administrator, Jonathan Adelstein, Julie Brill, Federal Trade Commissioner; Anna Gomez, Deputy Assistant Secretary NTIA.

Our moderated discussion panels are comprised of leaders from a wide variety of organizations including government, industry, law firms, academia, nonprofit, journalism and many others.

Our audiences are equally diverse.

For More Information Contact:

 Sylvia Syracuse

Director of Marketing and Events

BroadbandBreakfast.com

Sylvia@broadbandcensus.com

646-262-4630

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