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Knight Digital Media Center on Attending the Next Broadband Breakfast Club

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The Knight Digital Media Center web site promotes the upcoming Broadband Breakfast Club, “Setting the Table for the National Broadband Plan: Where to From Here?”

Track the action. Either attend (if you’re in the DC area) or watch the archived webcast of this March 16 BroadbandBreakfast.com event: Top Congressional tech staffers will discuss Setting the Table for the National Broadband Plan: Where to from Here?. Representatives of the main Congressional committiees hashing over the plan will be there: the House Committee on Energy and Commerce, and the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation. (Good committees to start monitoring regularly.)

The National Broadband Plan is highly controversial—expect a big political battle here. Large, established businesses such as cable companies, broadcasters, and telcos have much at stake and are throwing substantial lobbying muscle toward protecting their interests. Expect that the there will be changes to the plan between the time it goes to committee and the version that eventually makes it to the floor of Congress.

Another great resource for tracking this issue is Drew Clark’s BroadbandBreakfast.com blog—one of the best sources of news and update for national, regional, and state broadband issues.

The Knight Digital Media Center is a partnership between USC Annenberg and UC Berkeley Graduate School of Journalism funded by the Knight Foundation.

Registration for the event is available at http://broadbandbreakfast.eventbrite.com. Confirmed speakers include:

  • Shawn H. Chang, Majority Counsel, Communications and Technology Policy, House Committee on Energy and Commerce
  • Neil Fried, Minority Counsel, Telecommunications, House Committee on Energy and Commerce
  • Brian Hendricks, Minority General Counsel, US Senate Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation
  • Daniel Sepulveda, Senior Advisor, Sen. John Kerry, D-Mass.

FCC To Release National Broadband Plan One Day Early, at March 16 Open Meeting

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WASHINGTON, March 10, 2010 – The Federal Communications Commission plans to release the National Broadband Plan on Tuesday, March 16, at its March open meeting, which is scheduled to begin at 10:30 a.m. at agency headquarters at 445 12th Street, S.W., Washington, D.C.

The release of the plan comes one day before it is formally due to Congress, on March 17. The plan had been due on February 17, one year after the passage of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act within a month of President Obama taking office. The FCC requested and received a one-month extension.

In it’s announcement that its March meeting will be fully occupied by presentations on the national broadband plan, the agency also waived its normal prohibition on “ex parte” presentations in the seven days leading up to an agency meeting. Such ex parte presentations provide an opportunity for lobbyists and interested parties to address FCC commissioners outside the formal rule-making process.

Lobbyists and othere interested parties are still required to file disclosure statements about the contents of their communications with agency officials.

The FCC March meeting begins shortly after the conclusion of the monthly March Broadband Breakfast Club, which runs from 8 a.m. to 10 a.m. on Tuesday, March 16, 2010. The theme for the March Broadband Breakfast Club is “Setting the Table for the National Broadband Plan: Where to From Here?” The event will consider how the national broadband plan will be received on Capitol Hill. Registration for the event is available at http://broadbandbreakfast.eventbrite.com. Confirmed speakers include:

  • Shawn H. Chang, Majority Counsel, Communications and Technology Policy, House Committee on Energy and Commerce
  • Neil Fried, Minority Counsel, Telecommunications, House Committee on Energy and Commerce
  • Brian Hendricks, Minority General Counsel, US Senate Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation
  • Daniel Sepulveda, Senior Advisor, Sen. John Kerry, D-Mass.

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