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About: Drew Clark is the Chairman of the Broadband Breakfast Club. He tracks the development of Gigabit Networks, broadband usage, the universal service fund and wireless policy @BroadbandCensus. He is also Of Counsel with the firm of Best Best & Krieger LLP, with offices in California and Washington, DC. He works with cities, special districts and private companies on planning, financing and coordinating efforts of the many partners necessary to construct broadband infrastructure and deploy “Smart City” applications. You can find him on LinkedIN and Twitter. The articles and posts on BroadbandBreakfast.com and affiliated social media 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.
Email: drew@broadbandcensus.com
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Articles written by Drew Clark:

    Drew Clark Live at Mountain Connect: Washington Wireless Policy

    Broadband's Impact, Wireless June 6th, 2016

    KEYSTONE, Colorado, June 6, 2016 – Three Washington wireless policy experts – Stephen Coran of Lerman Senter, Jonathan Adelstein of the Wireless Infrastructure Association, and Michael Calabrese of the New America Foundation’s Open Technology Institute - addressed current issues discussed at Mountain Connect here.

    Drew Clark Live at Mountain Connect: Bruce Patterson of Ammon, Idaho

    Broadband's Impact June 6th, 2016

    KEYSTONE, Colorado, June 6, 2016 – Here at Mountain Connect, I caught up with Bruce Patterson, the chief technologist in Ammon, Idaho (a suburb of Idaho Falls), where he discussed the innovative open access network that is common online in this city of 13,000. He and Jeff Christensen, President of Entry Point Networks, spoke about […]

    Drew Clark Live at Mountain Connect: Lori Sherwood of Vantage Point

    Broadband's Impact June 6th, 2016

    KEYSTONE, Colorado, June 6, 2016 – My interview with Lori Sherwood, following her panel discussion on “Financing Options for Municipal Networks” at the Mountain Connect conference here. Panelist during her discussion were Jason Gredell of J.P. Morgan Chase, Brian Garcia of Aegis Capital and Kevin Padrick of Symmetrical Networks.

    Drew Clark Live at Mountain Connect: Kelleigh Cole of the Utah Broadband Project

    Broadband's Impact June 6th, 2016

    KEYSTONE, Colorado, June 6, 2016 – Continuing my live interviews at Mountain Connect, I interview Kelleigh Cole of the Utah Broadband Project. Kelleigh holds the position in Illinois similar to the role I had as Executive Director of the Partnership for a Connected Illinois from 2010-2013.

    Drew Clark Live at Mountain Connect: Colorado Fiber Community

    Broadband's Impact June 6th, 2016

    KEYSTONE, Colorado, June 6, 2016 – Here at the Mountain Connect conference at the heart of the Rockies, I caught up with Paul Recanzone and Alex Telthorst of Colorado Fiber Community. They addressed the benefits of shared infrastructure for rural broadband communities.

    At Inaugural AnchorNETs Conference in Silicon Valley, The Broadband Talk is About Public-Private Partnerships

    Broadband's Impact November 24th, 2015

    MOUNTAIN VIEW, November 24, 2015 – Community broadband institutions are a key building block to accelerate deployment of high-capacity internet service, said speakers and panelists at the inaugural Anchornets conference here last week.

    Such community institutions also play a vital role in facilitating public-private partnerships that aid such deployment, they said at a conference hosted by the Schools, Health and Libraries Broadband Coalition at the Museum of Computer History here in the heart of Silicon Valley on Monday, November 16.

    Sunne McPeak, CEO of the California Emerging Technology Fund, speaks of the importance of public-private partnership to broadband.

    Among the high-profile leaders who emphasized the important role of schools and libraries in promoting high-speed internet service were former Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn, Sunne McPeak, CEO of the California Emerging Technology Fund, and Evan Marwell, founder of EducationSuperhighway, a non-profit designed to promote greater internet connectivity in schools.

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    Community Broadband Center Leaders to Gather in Silicon Valley for AnchorNETS and NTIA Event on November 16-17

    Broadband's Impact, Gigabit Networks, National Broadband Plan, NTIA, Smart Cities November 10th, 2015

    MOUNTAIN VIEW, California – Local broadband institutions seeking to leverage high-speed connectivity for the benefit of their broader communities will benefit from attending the inaugural AnchorNETS conference here on November 16 and 17.

    Sponsored by the Schools, Health & Libraries Broadband (SHLB) Coalition, the AnchorNETS conference is being hosted in conjunction with the federal government’s BroadbandUSA initiative on Tuesday, November 17.

    The AnchorNETS event will be keynoted by former Gov. Pat Quinn, the Illinois Democrat responsible for completion of a nearly $100 million, four-year project to install 1,000 miles of fiber-optic infrastructure throughout Illinois.

    “Governor Quinn’s role in bringing together state, federal and local resources, from private and public sectors, in the pursuit of improved digital literacy and internet connectivity to Illinois anchor institutions is a model for all public officials,” said John Windhausen, executive director of SHLB Coalition.

    Former Illinois Governor Pat Quinn

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    At Urging of Competify Coalition of Telecom Competitors, FCC Launches Inquiry of Broadband Business Services

    FCC, IP Transition October 19th, 2015

    WASHINGTON, October 19, 2015 – The Federal Communications Commission on Friday announced that it had launched an investigation into the broadband pricing plans of local exchange carriers AT&T, CenturyLink, Frontier and Verizon Communications for so-called “special access services” of business data.

    A coalition of competitive carriers and non-profit organizations dubbed Competify has been urging the inquiry, and praised Friday’s order by the agency’s Wireline Communications Bureau.

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    “The incumbents use inherently anticompetitive lock-up plans – which only an entity with immense market power could impose – to charge businesses and anchor institutions excessive access rates that harm competition, restrain the deployment of competitive facilities, and impede the transition to next-generation services,” according to a statement released by the group.

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    Utah Foundation Report Highlights Pioneering Work for Advanced Broadband, Including UTOPIA Gigabit Network

    Fiber, Gigabit Networks October 19th, 2015

    SALT LAKE CITY, October 19, 2015 – Utah has been leading the nation in many areas of broadband internet access and its proliferation, according to a report released on Wednesday by the non-profit Utah Foundation.

    “Utah’s history of investing early and its collaboration among many public and private entities has helped develop an infrastructure that can support the local business climate, including Utah’s expanding tech sector which is heavily reliant on high-capacity networks,” reads the report, by Shawn Teigen, Christopher Collard and Robert Jordan of the foundation.

    “It is likely that future internet applications will require exceedingly high-speed internet, far beyond that which is available today. Preparing the infrastructure now may be prudent,” write the authors.

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    Spurning Google Fiber, Portland Suburb of Lake Oswego Pushes Toward Broadband Partnership

    Fiber, Gigabit Networks, Smart Cities October 14th, 2015

    LAKE OSWEGO, Oregon, October 14, 2015 – This suburb of Portland, a potential candidate for Google Fiber’s Gigabit-speed internet service, has said it isn’t willing to wait around for the search engine giant.

    At a city council meeting here on Tuesday night, elected officials in this city of 37,000 listened, questioned and debated between two proposed public-private partnerships that would result in the construction of Gigabit-speed fiber-optic infrastructure.

    City Council Meeting in Lake Oswego, Oregon

    Instead of sitting and waiting for Google, the city council members appeared inclined to move forward on a public-private project with city involvement.

    “There was a great buzz and excitement when Google announced” the possibility that it would come to Portland, said Councilmember Jon Gustafson during the session — but the city hasn’t wasn’t seen any action since that time.

    Last year, Google announced possible expansion to Portland and five suburbs, including Lake Oswego. The company has made commitment, however.

    “Google is still at the vapor stage,” added Chip Larouche, chief technology officer for the city. Speaking at the Tuesday meeting, he said that Google is “talking about how ‘we might make you a promise.’”

    Instead, City Manager Scott Lazenby said that in June Lake Oswego put out a Request for Proposals to build their own Gigabit Network. The city received two responses from private companies, and one from the City’s own Public Works Department.

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