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Congressional Action on Telecommunications Act in Question at Broadband Breakfast Club

WASHINGTON, January 20, 2011 - After 15 years of explosive growth and innovation in telecommunications since the last major revision, the 112th Congress is faced with the question of whether the law is keeping up with technology. On Tuesday, our panelists discussed whether Congress should consider another overhaul of the Telecommunications Act of 1996, and whether it is politically viable to do so at 2011's first Broadband Breakfast Club. Keep Reading

BroadbandBreakfast.com Announces Winter 2011 Breakfast Topics

WASHINGTON, January 7, 2011 – The Washington-based internet and intellectual property policy news and events service, BroadbandBreakfast.com, http://broadbandbreakfast.com, announces its Winter 2011 series of events (January through February) for the Intellectual Property and Broadband Breakfast Clubs. All breakfast club events are held at Clyde's of Gallery Place, 707 7th St. NW, Washington, DC 20001, in the Piedmont Room. Events begin at 8 a.m., with both American and continental breakfast served, and end at 10 a.m. Attendees are encouraged to join in onthe breakfast discussions. Keep Reading

Broadband Breakfast Club Considers Broadband Stimulus Efforts and Begins Evaluating its Impact

WASHINGTON, October 22, 2010 - Now that all of the broadband stimulus funding has been distributed, its effectiveness can now be evaluated. That was the message at the Broadband Breakfast Club on Tuesday, October 19. Video of the event was released on Friday. While the long term value of the stimulus is still unknown, panelists were able to gauge the way in which the funds were distributed. Keep Reading

Uncertainty Over Net Neutrality Makes it the ‘Black Hole’ of Telecom Policy

WASHINGTON, September 22, 2010 - BroadbandBreakfast.com on Wednesday released the video, for free, of the first Broadband Breakfast Club event of the monthly event foum's third season, on the issue of net neutrality and broadband regulation. The panelists at the event, "Title I, Title II: How Should Broadband Be Classified?" included a medley of almost all conceivable views about broadband regulation. Keep Reading

BroadbandBreakfast.com Launches Free Monthly Intellectual Property Breakfast Club for 2010-2011

WASHINGTON, September 8, 2010 – The internet and intellectual property news service BroadbandBreakfast.com is offering free tickets to the first event in its Fall Intellectual Property Breakfast Club series, “Will the Obama Administration's IP Czar Crush Internet Piracy?” The event, on Tuesday, September 14, will feature top officials from the Entertainment Software Association, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, Public Knowledge and the Future of Music Coalition. Register for Free. Keep Reading

Do Consumers Really Care About the Smart Grid? Some Think Not, at Broadband Breakfast Club

WASHINGTON, July 21, 2010 - The "smart grid," or the way that the electric infrastructure can be enhanced with interactive, telecommunications- and broadband-related capabilities, may not be that important for consumers, said panelists at Tuesday's Broadband Breakfast Club. At the same time, the Federal Communications Commission Energy and Environment Director Nick Sinai, in a keynote speech at the Broadband Breakfast Club, said that intelligent electric infrastructure -- including consumer data about energy use -- could enhance competition in electricity and in broadband. The event is available on BroadbandBreakfast.com at the following link. Keep Reading

Director of Energy & Environment for FCC Broadband Initiative to Speak at BroadbandBreakfast.com’s Smart Grid Event This Tuesday, July 20

WASHINGTON, July 15, 2010 – Nick Sinai, Director of Energy & Environment for the FCC’s Omnibus Broadband Initiative will keynote The Broadband Breakfast Club’s event “The Smart Grid, Telecommunications and the Electric Infrastructure” on Tuesday, July 20th, 2010 8 am – 10 am at Clyde’s of Gallery Place, 707 7th St. NW, Washington, DC 20001. Registration is available at http://broadbandbreakfast.eventbrite.com. Keep Reading

At Breakfast Club, USTR Official Defends Process and Goals of Trade Agreement

WASHINGTON, July 14, 2010 - Assistant U.S. Trade Representative for Intellectual Property Stanford McCoy defended the process and goals of the controversial Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement at the Intellectual Property Breakfast Club on Tuesday. BroadbandBreakfast.com on Wednesday released, for FREE, the full-length video of the Intellectual Property Breakfast Club event on Tuesday, which included discussion between McCoy at a range of industry officials representing copyright holders, technology companies, telecommunications providers and academics.

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Adelstein at Broadband Breakfast Club: Challenges to Rural Adoption and Availability Include Speeds, Costs, Access and Relevence

WASHINGTON, June 18, 2010 - BroadbandBreakfast.com on Friday released, for FREE, the full-length video of the Broadband Breakfast Club event on June 15, 2010: "Challenges to Rural Broadband Availability and Adoption," featurng a keynote address by Jonathan S. Adelstein, Administrator of the Rural Utilities Service. The event is available on BroadbandBreakfast.com at the following link. Keep Reading

Will This Signal Be Televised? ‘Retransmission Consent’ Unscrambled At Breakfast Panel Of Broadcasters, Cable Industry and Public Interest Reps

WASHINGTON, June 11, 2010 - If you missed Broadbandbreakfast.com's panel session on retransmission consent fees, here's your chance to catch up and re-examine the issues in a complex debate that's been controversial since the enactment of the regime in the 1992 Cable Act. Keep Reading

Intellectual Property Breakfast Club Featured Clash of Views Between Broadcasters and Cable Companies

WASHINGTON, June 11, 2010 - BroadbandBreakfast.com on Friday released, for FREE, the full-length video of the Intellectual Property Breakfast Club event on May 18, 2010: "New Transmission Consent Battles and Licensing Video Content." The event included key industry officials from the cable, broadcast and public interest communities, and was moderated by Sarah Lai Stirland, Assistant Managing Editor, BroadbandBreakfast.com. Keep Reading

Small Town’s Telecom Drama Continues: Municipal Utility Sues Cable Group For Discriminatory Access To Programming

NEW YORK, June 10, 2010 - A long-running feud between a municipal utility in Lafayette, La. and Cox Communications appears to have revived itself Wednesday when LUS Fiber filed a lawsuit against the National Cable Television Cooperative. LUS Fiber charges that the cable group is unfairly denying it membership, thus depriving the Lafayette utility from millions of dollars in savings when buying television programming. Keep Reading

Rural Utilities Service Administrator Jonathan Adelstein at June 15 Broadband Breakfast Club

WASHINGTON, June 9, 2010 - BroadbandBreakfast.com announced that Jonathan S. Adelstein, Administrator of RUS will keynote its June 15th Broadband Breakfast Club event, "Challenges to Rural Broadband Availability and Adoption." Registration for the event is available at http://broadbandbreakfast.eventbrite.com. Keep Reading

Tuesday’s Free Intellectual Property Breakfast Club on Retrans Consent a ‘Must Attend’ Event

WASHINGTON, June 4, 2010 - BroadbandBreakfast.com on Friday announced the addition of two new panelists – Toni Cook Bush of Skadden Arps and Matt Polka of the American Cable Association – to its FREE June 8th Intellectual Property Breakfast Club event. The panel, to be held at Clyde’s of Gallery Place at 707 7th Street NW, in Washington, is certain to be the “must attend” event on this increasingly hot topic of “New Retransmission Consent Battles and Licensing Video Content.” Register now! Keep Reading

Broadband Breakfast Club Featured International Perspectives on U.S. Broadband Plan

WASHINGTON, May 20, 2010 - BroadbandBreakfast.com on Thursday released, for FREE, the full-length video of the Broadband Breakfast Club event on May 18, 2010: "International Perspectives on the U.S. National Broadband Plan." The event included key industry officials and was moderated by Lynn Stanton, Senior Editor, TR Reports. A keynote speech was provided by Pamela Miller, Director General, Telecommunications Policy Branch, Industry Canada. Keep Reading

Intellectual Property Breakfast Club Launches With Discussion of Google Book Search

WASHINGTON, May 17, 2010 - BroadbandBreakfast.com on Monday released, for FREE, the full-length video of the inaugural Intellectual Property Breakfast Club event on May 11, 2010: "The Google Book Search Settlement and E-Book Licensing." The event included key industry officials and was moderated by Sarah Lai Stirland, Assistant Managing Editor, BroadbandBreakfast.com. Keep Reading

Blair Levin, Plus Officials from South Korea, U.K., Follow Top Canadian Telecom Official at May 18 Event

WASHINGTON, May 12, 2010 - Blair Levin, the former Executive Director of the Omnibus Broadband Initiative at the Federal Communications Commission, will join the panel at the Broadband Breakfast Club on Tuesday, May 18. He will be a panel with Young K. Noh, Minister-Counselor of the Korean Embassy, and Robin Twyman, First Secretary at the British Embassy, on the subject of "International Reactions to the U.S. National Broadband Plan." All three speakers follow Pamela Miller, Director General of the Telecommunications Policy Branch, Industry Canada, and the top telecom regulator from the country -- the keynote speaker for the event. Keep Reading

‘The Great Spectrum Debate’ Pits Licensed Versus Opportunistic Uses of Airwaves

WASHINGTON, April 23, 2010 - BroadbandBreakfast.com on Friday released, for FREE, the full-length video of the Broadband Breakfast Club event on April 20, 2010: "The Great Spectrum Debate." The event included key industry officials addressing Chapter 5 of the national broadband plan, dealing with spectrum. The event was moderated by Amy Schatz, Telecommunications Reporter, The Wall Street Journal. Keep Reading

BroadbandBreakfast.com Releases Free Webcast on ‘Net Neutrality, Copyright Protection and the National Broadband Plan’

WASHINGTON, January 27, 2010 - Broadband Census News LLC on Wednesday released, for FREE, the full-length video of the BroadbandBreakfast.com event on January 19, 2010: The Town Hall Webcast on the topic of "Net Neutrality, Copyright Protection and the National Broadband Plan." The event, moderated by Kim Hart of The Hill and Drew Clark of BroadbandBreakfast.com, begins with an introductory welcome by Federal Communications Commission Chairman Julius Genachowski, and is followed by two panels, the first focused on technolgy, and the second focused on policy. Keep Reading

Last Chance to Register for National Town Hall on ‘Net Neutrality, Copyright and National Broadband Plan’

WASHINGTON, January 18, 2010 - Monday is the last day to register to attend BroadbandBreakfast.com's Town Hall Webcast on "Net Neutrality, Copyright Protection and the National Broadband Plan," which takes place tomorrow, or on Tuesday, January 19, 2010, from 8 a.m. to 11 a.m. Register at http://ipbreakfast.eventbrite.com. Keep Reading

Broadband Breakfast Club Discussion on Education Now Available Online

WASHINGTON, January 14, 2010 - Broadband Census News LLC on Thursday released, for FREE, the full-length video of the Broadband Breakfast Club event on January 12, 2010: "Setting the Table for the National Broadband Plan: Education and Distance Learning." Don't Miss BroadbandBreakfast.com's forthcoming Town Hall Webcast on Tuesday, January 19, 2010: "Net Neutrality, Copyright Protection and the National Broadband Plan." Among the speakers at the webcast include FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski. Registration for the live webcast is available for FREE at http://ipbreakfast.eventbrite.com. There is a $45.00 charge to attend the breakfast in person. Keep Reading

Officials at January Broadband Breakfast Club Tackle Mix of Technology and Learning

WASHINGTON, January 13, 2010 - Representatives from the federal government, educational organizations, trade associations, and school districts came together to discuss the state of broadband in our educational system and what can be expected from the national broadband plan under development by the Federal Communications Commission. The session, the January Broadband Breakfast Club, commenced with a presentation by Steve Midgley, Director of Education at the Federal Communications Commission. Midgley began with a brief background of the national broadband plan mandate and the national purposes behind it. He said that he believed that aside from the necessary deployment and adoption data that will be included in the plan, the success of the plan hinges on the agency’s answer to this specific question of Congress: “why are we building this network?” To address this question, Midgley paired the priorities of the Department of Education with the four core strategies of the broadband plan’s education component. Keep Reading

FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski to Speak at BroadbandBreakfast.com’s National Town Hall Webcast

WASHINGTON, January 11, 2010 – The issues of copyright, Net neutrality and the national broadband plan will collide at BroadbandBreakfast.com’s National Town Hall Webcast on Tuesday, January 19, 2010. Federal Communications Commission Chairman Julius Genachowski has confirmed that he will offer video remarks to kick off the Town Hall Webcast, by BroadbandBreakfast.com. The event is on track to be the definitive Washington gathering: Where the telecom, media and technology industries thrash out their perspectives in an informative and neutral setting. Keep Reading

BroadbandBreakfast.com to Host National Town Hall on Net Neutrality, Copyright Protection and the National Broadband Plan

WASHINGTON, December 31, 2009 - BroadbandBreakfast.com, the news service devoted to broadband stimulus, wireless broadband, the national broadband plan, and more, is hosting a special National Town Hall Webcast on the subject of "Net Neutrality, Copyright Protection and the National Broadband Plan" on Tuesday, January 19, 2010. Keep Reading

Congresswoman Diane Watson to Speak at Broadband Breakfast Club on Dec. 8

WASHINGTON, December 7, 2009 - Congresswoman Diane E. Watson has confirmed that she will appear at the Broadband Breakfast Club on Tuesday, December 8, on the subject of "Setting the Table for the National Broadband Plan: Bridging the Digital Divide." Rep. Watson, D-Calif., will offer introductory remarks on an exciting program set to explore one of the most crucial issues of broadband policy: how to ensure universal internet access to all citizens. Keep Reading

Top FCC Official on Broadband Adoption is New Addition to December 8 Broadband Breakfast Club

WASHINGTON, December 2, 2009 - The director of the Federal Communication Commission's task force dealing with broadband adoption and usage will give the keynote remarks at the Broadband Breakfast Club on Tuesday, December 8, 2009. Registration for the program, from 8 a.m. to 10 a.m., is available here. Brian David, who is the Adoption and Usage Director for the FCC's Omnibus Broadband Initiative, will offer remarks kicking off December's discussion, which is "Setting the Table for the National Broadband Plan: Bridging the Digital Divide." With so much activity happening in the past 24 hours on the broadband adoption front - the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation's new grant to the American Library Association, and the NCTA's "Adoption Plus" program - there's never been a better time to discuss the subject. Keep Reading

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