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Utah and Broadband Breakfast Club Announce Luncheon Event and Webcast on Friday, April 24

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SALT LAKE CITY, April 8, 2015 – The Utah Breakfast Club, in collaboration with the well-established Broadband Breakfast Club of Washington, D.C., on Wednesday announced a special luncheon event on Gigabit Networks in Utah that will take place on Friday, April 24, 2015.

The luncheon event will take place at the Utah State Capitol, in the regular location of the monthly Utah Breakfast Club. This event will also be viewable as a FREE LIVE WEBCAST beginning at 2 p.m. ET/1 p.m. CT/Noon MT/11 a.m. PT.

Register for the FREE LIVE WEBCAST or to attend in person.

Those who seek to attend in person may register to attend this interactive discussion. Members of the Utah Breakfast Club pay $15, plus registration fee. Nonmembers pay $25, plus registration fee. (Individuals may obtain a NO CHARGE three month trial membership of the Utah Breakfast Club.) Lunch will be served at the Utah State Capitol beginning at 11:30 a.m. MT, with the program and webcast beginning promptly at 2 p.m. ET/Noon MT.

“Google’s decision to bring fiber to Salt Lake City adds the the strong base of fiber-optic deployment with Utah,” said Drew Clark, founder of the Utah Breakfast Club and the Broadband Breakfast Club. “With cities and states across the country now seeking to build Gigabit networks, this discussion about GigUtah will be of great interest throughout the nation.”

The panel discussion and FREE LIVE WEBCAST will explore these topics:

Google has captivated the enthusiasm of internet users — and the attention of economic development professionals — by offering Gigabit Network service in selected cities across the country.

In announcing in late March that Google Fiber will expand to Salt Lake City (its eighth metropolitan area nationwide), the broadband world turned its envying eyes on Utah. With Google Fiber in Provo and now Salt Lake — and with Gigabit Networks available in the 11 cities served by the Utah Telecommunications Open Infrastructure Agency, or UTOPIA — Utah is poised to be the first state where a substantial portion of its residents have access to the fastest-possible broadband internet services.

What does Google’s investments say about the economic health and technology-savvy nature of Utah? What do cities and citizens get from Google Fiber that they haven’t gotten from traditional telecom companies? And, for cities and states seeking to get a Gig, what are the best options to build and enhance Gigabit Networks?

CONFIRMED Panelists:

  • Devin Baer, Head of Fiber Business, Salt Lake, Google
  • Paul Cutler, Mayor, City of Centerville, Utah
  • Justin Jones, Vice President, Public Policy and Communications, Salt Lake Chamber
  • David Shaw, Shareholder, Kirton McConkie; Chair, Government and Utilities Practice Group
  • Moderated by Drew Clark, Of Counsel, Kirton McConkie; Founder, Utah Breakfast Club

For questions about the event, please contact Drew Clark at drew@broadbandcensus.com


Source: www.utahbreakfast.com

Press Release: Kirton McConkie Expands New Telecom Practice with Addition of Technology Industry Lawyer Drew Clark

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SALT LAKE CITY (Oct. 28, 2014) – Kirton McConkie PC is pleased to announce that Drew Clark has joined as of counsel in the firm’s Telecommunications Practice Group. He joins shareholder David J. Shaw in this new practice area for the firm, which focuses on assisting state and local governments in deploying broadband infrastructure to support economic development.

Mr. Clark has spent his career working in the technology industry as both a lawyer and journalist, and is known as a pioneer in the broadband sector. He founded the Broadband Breakfast Club, Washington DC’s premier monthly forum on broadband. An early advocate for better broadband data, he worked with the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) and the U.S. Department of Commerce on a prototype model for the National Broadband Map. Mr. Clark served as assistant director of George Mason University School of Law’s Information Economy Project, which brought telecom policy into the realm of law and economics.

Under Illinois Governor Pat Quinn, Mr. Clark led a combined federal and state effort of more than $350 million in fiber-optic and wireless infrastructure investments. The partnership bridged regional divisions within Illinois, enhanced the economic development efforts of the Broadband Deployment Council and connected communications providers and users of Internet services. This led to the launch of the Illinois Broadband Innovation Fund and the FCC awarding one of its first broadband lifeline grants to rural Western and Southern Illinois.

“We are pleased to welcome Drew to the firm and to our telecom group,” said Mr. Shaw. “Drew is known nationally for his work in telecom, particularly as an advocate for broadband on behalf of state and local governments, and we know his experience will be an asset for our clients.”

Kirton McConkie attorneys are active around the country on issues affecting government broadband projects at the state and local level. They recently served as speakers at the 2014 Broadband Communities Conference and worked in support of the Next Century Cities event held in Santa Monica on October 20.

Mr. Clark’s practice specializes in information technology, telecommunications, intellectual property, public utilities and contract drafting and negotiations. He also works with state, municipal and rural broadband leaders to capture broadband benefits of job creation, telemedicine, online learning, public safety, energy, transportation and eGovernment. Mr. Clark holds a J.D. from George Mason University School of Law, an M.S. from the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism, and a B.A. (with honors) from Swarthmore College.

About the Kirton McConkie Telecommunications Practice Group

Kirton McConkie enhances state and local governments’ ability to deploy broadband infrastructure in their economic development activities. We represent municipalities, inter-local entities and cooperatives from an exploratory phase, through bid processes and beyond.

Additionally, we assist clients as they construct and operate their high-speed broadband networks by negotiating with public-private partnerships. We know the players in the broadband community, the financial options available to cities and local governments and the best practices for building Gigabit Networks.

Our experience is demonstrated by the amount of financing we have placed for telecommunications infrastructure projects—we are among the top in the nation.

For more information, please visit http://www.kmclaw.com/industries-Telecom-Broadband.html.

About Kirton McConkie PC

Kirton McConkie is a full service commercial law firm with 140 attorneys focusing on commercial litigation, business, real estate, employment, First Amendment, immigration, intellectual property, tax, estate planning and family law. For more information, please visit http://www.kmclaw.com.

Drew Clark: Cities Crave Gigabit Networks, and Meet on Monday in California to Launch ‘Next Century Cities’

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October 17, 2014 – Fiber-optic communication is increasingly being recognized as a new necessity of urban life, with momentum for cities to obtain Gigabit Networks enabled by fiber is growing every week.

On Monday, October 20, a new group of cities — called Next Century Cities — launches a “city-to-city collaboration that supports community leaders across the country as they seek to ensure that all have access to fast, affordable and reliable internet.”

The event is being launched in Santa Monica, Calif., with officials representing more than 30 cities, including Chattanooga, Tennessee; Kansas City, Missouri; Lafayette, Louisiana; Raleigh, North Carolina, and Santa Monica.

I’ll be at the event in Santa Monica, and hope to provide readers of Broadband Breakfast with an update soon after the event, plus live-streaming via http://twitter.com/broadbandcensus. The event, which begins at 12:30 p.m. ET/9:30 a.m. PT, is also being webcast at http://bit.ly/next-century-cities

In an announcement about the event, Next Century Cities Executive Director Deb Socia said: “Our event will bring together mayors from communities across the country, as well as successful technologists who have helped to implement and run some of the nation’s most impressive broadband networks. We’re proud to host mayors and leaders from across the country for a series of thought-provoking discussions about how high-quality broadband internet has begun to empower American communities.”

Participating in a panel discussion with mayors and city leaders will be Susan Crawford, visiting professor at Harvard Law School, and former special assistant to the Obama Administration for science and technology policy.

Other cities participating in the event include Ammon, Idaho; Boston, Massachusetts; Portland, Oregon; Mount Vernon, Washington; and Wilson, North Carolina.

As was reported in a recent piece on BroadbandBreakfast.com, about Susan Crawford:

“Crawford, a leading architect of the Obama administration’s aggressive efforts to stimulate the growth of high-speed internet networks, has been one of the nation’s leading visionaries for the power of fiber-optic communication. Of all available internet technologies, fiber is unparalleled in its ability to offer resilient ultra-high speed broadband connections.

“Crawford’s latest book, The Responsive City: Engaging Cities Through Data-Smart Governance, tracks the role that fiber now plays in the democratic relationships on a civic level. Such technologies that enable greater transparency and problem solving by public officials and residents, the book co-authored with Stephen Goldsmith builds a case for deeper urban interconnectedness through broadband technologies.”

Drew Clark is the Chairman of the Broadband Breakfast Club, the premier Washington forum advancing the conversation around broadband technology and internet policy. 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 Kirton McConkie, based in Salt City City, Utah. 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. Clark brings experts and practitioners together to advance the benefits provided by broadband: job creation, telemedicine, online learning, public safety, energy, transportation and eGovernment. 

The Internet of Everything, 3D Printing, 4K Video, and Robotic Drones: Among Broadband Breakfast’s Top 5 Trends From CES

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LAS VEGAS, January 8, 2014 – Coming to the International Consumer Electronics Show year after year enables a technology observer to see the evolutionary power continuously wrought by the digital revolution.

Herewith follows Broadband Breakfast’s impressionistic list of five top trends emerging from the mammoth trade show here.

As the trade show isn’t even half-over, we’re not aiming for definitiveness with this list. Rather, we aim to glimpse the future of technology in a context that changes with the start of every year.

The Internet of Everything and Wearable Computing

After many years of hype, computing is definitely moving beyond the “three screen” model. In other words, we used to consume digital content primarily through a big-screen TV, a middle-screen computer, and a small-screen mobile phone.

Each of those screens continues to mature and evolve. Now, however, the show’s key highlights show a paradigm shift to wearable computing. These are the connected devices all around us, ready to respond to our beck and call. Intel CEO’s Brian Krzanich keynote about how “tiny is big” echoed a core theme talked about in the sessions and at cocktail parties.

While the number of free-standing “tiny” products on the market is still quite limited, the mindshare and trade show floor space occupied by the concept is surprising large. Witness many flavors of the “connected home,” as championed by mobile chip designer Qualcomm, or telecommunications equipment provider Cisco, or even through prosaic industry consortiums seeking to enable lightbulbs, door locks and lawn-sprinkler systems talk to each other.

The trend doesn’t end there if we include the growing array of personal fitness devices, mobile health tools, and connected cars communicating telematic information. These sorts of products are generating the most buzz at #CES2014 — and will likely have market impact. Even the products that merge of virtual and physical reality into a blended reality are of a part of this “internet of everything,” as they clothe real-world objects with a digital intelligence that enhances their usefulness and playfulness to humans.

3D Printing

There is no doubt that three-dimension printing has a long way to go until it becomes a mainstream consumer electronics technology. But we believe that the emergence of a 3D printing “techzone” heralds the beginnings of trend that is reaching a critical-interest mass.

Just two years ago, when Consumer Electronics Association CEO Gary Shapiro appeared at the January 2012 Broadband Breakfast Club on “The Wired Home and Wireless Policy,” he mentioned the hot new device that he had just seen that year at CES: 3-D printing. The rapid maturation of the marketplace, including the widespread availability of sub-$1,000 devices, heralds a new age of “makers.”

4K Video Technology

Global sales of televisions has slumped in the developed world, and it’s only through the high demand of Chinese and other Asian nations that TV year-over-year revenue growth are still positive, according to CEA statistics. Notwithstanding that fewer consumers currently buying television, the sets get bigger and brighter ever year. And 2014 is no exception.

Each of the major manufacturers, including Samsung, Sony, LG, Panasonic , Sharp and others, are touting what they call “4K” technology, for four times the number of pixels than was once thought to be the maximum number perceptible to the human eye through high-definition television. Although 3D television isn’t living up to its promised hype, everyone in the big-screen manufacturing space is moving to a 4K standard. This includes the digital cameras and computers necessary to edit, manipulate and store these streams. Look out for the bandwidth necessary to transport ever-higher-capacity video streams!

The Laptop/tablet/smartphone Continuum

Remember the “three screen” world discussed above? Even that paradigm has exploded in the last few years since the Apple iPad defined and kickstarted consumer interest in a product — the tablet — that no one ever thought they needed.

And the iPad’s early 2010 launch, product lines have only gotten blurrier. Consumers want larger and larger-screen smart phone devices, and also mini-size tablets. The last year has also re-energized the once-dormant laptop-tablet convergence. Intel and Lenovo are among those promoting hybrid versions with the entertainment experience of a tablet, and the high-productivity environment of a laptop computer and keyboard.

With the center of gravity of core consumer electronics products having shifted to the tablet/smart phone-space, the desktop-and-peripheral model is dead. This is forcing products that aren’t phones or tablet to consumer a smaller and smaller revenue slice of the $1 trillion annual consumer electronics marketplace.

Robots and Drones

Drones are very visible at the International Consumer Electronics Show in 2014 – and not the least because of the way they hover and fly high in the air over the showroom floors. We’ve seen toy drones for kids, medium-size drones for families to take on vacation and get another view of their surroundings, and and heavy-duty drones targeted largely at professional and aerial photographers.

We’re most excited about the embryonic applications still in their development phase: how can a drone help a farmer to survey his crops and understand his yields in a far more time-efficient manner? We also make a point of looking in on the conventional robotics techzone. We are still waiting on the breakout products among pet robots, vacuum-cleaning and window-washing robots, and telepresence applications like an iPad on a remote-control stand.

This is the future of computing and the next stage of Moore’s Law. It is where the robotic realm — big, high in the sky, outside the constraints of the human body – combines with the tiny, embedded and internet-connected experience. Together, computing will going way beyond the three screens of the old consumer electronics industry.

Drew Clark is Publisher of BroadbandBreakfast.com and tracks the development of Gigabit Networks, broadband usage, the universal service fund, and wireless spectrum policy at http://twitter.com/broadbandcensus. Nationally recognized for his knowledge on telecommunications law and policy, Clark brings experts and practitioners together to advance the benefits provided by broadband: job creation, telemedicine, online learning, public safety, the smart grid, eGovernment, and family connectedness. Clark is also available on Google+ and Twitter.

To see our top 10 Issues for 2013, see this article from BroadbandBreakfast.com.



Broadband Breakfast Club Webinar on Effectiveness of Broadband Stimulus Program

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December 17, 2013 – The Broadband Breakfast Club released the video of its webinar earlier today, on “Evaluating the Broadband Stimulus Program: Were Funds Well Spent?”


An Array on Broadband-Related Events in December

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December 11, 2013 – The next week includes a variety of broadband-related events, both in Washington and elsewhere in the country.

On Wednesday, December 12, at 2 p.m. ET, Public Knowledge and the Center for Media Justice host an event on “What’s the Hang Up: A Webinar to Understand the Phone Network Transition and Defend Your Communication Rights.” Register at https://cc.readytalk.com/cc/s/registrations/new?cid=s2k99xroc380

Also on Wednesday, December 12, at 12:15 p.m. ET, the New America Foundation highlights “In Poverty, Under Surveillance.” Register at http://www.newamerica.net/events/2013/in_poverty_under_surveillance

Also on Wednesday, December 12, in Cumming, Georgia, in the northern part of the state, Digital Georgia hosts a day-long broadband summit. Information about the event is available at http://www.cviog.uga.edu/gta.

Also on Wednesday, December 12, the Federal Communications Commission will host its December open meeting.

On Monday, December 16, from 11:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m.,  TechFreedom hosts an event on “FTC: Technology & Reform Project Launches.” Register at http://www.eventbrite.com/e/the-ftc-technology-reform-conference-tickets-9656000357.

Also on Monday, December 16, the New America Foundation’s Techno-Activism Third Monday event is on “The Role of Circumvention Tools in Internet Filtering Countries.” Register at http://www.newamerica.net/events/2013/techno_activism_third_mondays_2

On Tuesday, December 17, at 11 a.m. ET, The Broadband Breakfast Club hosts a free webinar on “Evaluating the Broadband Stimulus Program: Were Broadband Technology Opportunities Program Funds Well-Spent?” Register at http://gowoa.me/i/cFp

On Thursday, December 19, at Noon ET, Tech Freedom hosts another event on “A New Kingsbury Commitment: Universal Service through Competition?” with FCC Commissioner Ajit Pai.


Broadband Breakfast Club Webinar on Tuesday, December 17, at 11 a.m. ET: ‘Evaluating the Broadband Stimulus Program: Were Funds Well Spent?’

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WASHINGTON, December 11, 2013 – The Broadband Breakfast Club announced that it will host a free, online webinar on Tuesday, December 17, 2013, at 11 a.m. ET/10 a.m. CT, on “Evaluating the Broadband Stimulus Program: Were Broadband Technology Opportunities Program Funds Well-Spent?”

Authors Gregory Rosston and Scott Wallsten, in a publication for the Technology Policy Institute, have called the broadband stimulus program “A Rural Boondoggle and Missed Opportunity.”

In the paper, the authors conclude that the “NTIA adopted a system that led to awards differing by more than a factor of 100 in terms of expected cost-effectiveness. Had it adopted a more reasonable framework, many more households could have been connected for the same money, or the same number of connections could have been realized for a fraction of the cost.”

In a critique of the study by the Schools, Health and Libraries Broadband Coalition, Executive Director John Windhausen characterized the report as a misunderstanding of BTOP’s purposes. “The program also provided valuable support for public computer centers and promoted broadband adoption in urban, suburban and rural areas. Unlike an ongoing subsidy, BTOP provided a one-time investment in long-lasting broadband infrastructure that previously suffered from an inadequate level of broadband capacity.”

In a session moderated by Drew Clark, Chairman and Publisher of BroadbandBreakfast.com, Rosston, Wallsten and Windhausen will debate the Technology Policy Study in the webinar on December 17. Register today!


Broadband Breakfast Club Webinar, on Tuesday, October 22, at 11 a.m. ET, Will Focus on State Broadband Initiative Summits

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October 18, 2013 – With several state broadband entities hosting summits in the remainder of October, the Broadband Breakfast Club is hosting its next webinar on the topic of “Upcoming State Broadband Summits: Michigan, Utah and Others Bring Intenet Knowledge and Practice For Economic Development” on Tuesday, October 22, at 11 a.m. ET/10 a.m. CT.

REGISTER NOW for the Broadband Breakfast Club Webinar

State Broadband Initiative entities have played a significant role in mapping high-speed internet services over the past four years. Their data collection activities have opened the way for new applications and services, and for enhancing the broadband climate throughout the country. They also play a key role in convening, connecting and fostering collaboration among stakeholders in their respective states.

During the month of October, several states will be hosting broadband summits, including Idaho, Michigan, Oregon, Utah and Wyoming. In this FREE Broadband Breakfast Club webinar, we’ll speak with leaders from State Broadband Initiative entities about their upcoming summits.

Kelleigh Cole, Manager, Utah Broadband Project
Erick Frederick, Executive Director, Connect Michigan

Other participants have been invited.

Moderator:Drew Clark, Chairman and Publisher, BroadbandBreakfast.com

REGISTER NOW for the Broadband Breakfast Club Webinar on Tuesday, October 22, 2013, at 11 a.m. ET/10 a.m. CT.

Utah, Michigan, Oregon and Others Host State Broadband Initiative Summits, Bringing Internet Data and Knowledge Together

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October 18, 2013 – State Broadband Initiative entities have played the lead role in mapping high-speed internet services in their respective states. Now, these entities are also taking the lead to convene, connect and collaborate among broadband stakeholders.

Several states will be hosting broadband technology summits in the coming weeks, including Utah, Michigan, Oregon, Wyoming and Idaho. While each of these summits are different in tenor, depending on the local circumstances, they all have the theme of using high-speed internet to facilitate economic development in their states.

As a way to spur discussion of these events in advance of the summit, the Broadband Breakfast Club will be hosting a FREE webinar on Tuesday, October 22, at 11 a.m. ET/10 a.m. CT, with the state broadband leaders from several of these states.

Below is a brief guide to summits:


The Utah Broadband Project, which is part of the Utah Governor’s Office of Economic Development, will be hosting the 2013 Broadband Tech Summit in Provo, Utah, on Thursday, October 24. The summit will feature keynote speakers from Overstock.com, US IGNITE and the University of Utah.

The keynoter from the Utah-based Overstock.com is Bhargav J. Shah, the online reseller’s vice president of technology. From US IGNITE, founder and chief technology officer for the non-profit designed to spur advances in applications from high-speed connectivity. Ricart is a previous guest at a Broadband Breakfast Club webinar, on “How High-Capacity Applications are Driving Gigabit Connectivity

Other themes at the Utah event include “smart schools,” “high-capacity users forum,” and “social media and emergency management.”

“The 2013 broadband technology summit will be a forum for these regional planning participants to learn about improving broadband usage and infrastructure in their region,” said Kelleigh Cole, manager of the Utah Broadband Project.

Cole noted that the Spencer Cox, the new Utah Lieutenant Governor just confirmed on Wednesday, has been an active participant in the Utah Broadband Project. “This shows how broadband infrastructure has become a priority in all levels of state government,” she said.

Cole will join in the Tuesday Broadband Breakfast Club webinar.


Michigan broadband heros is theme of the broadband summit in East Lansing, Michigan, hosted by Connect Michigan, the state non-profit organization. The organization will award three Michigan Broadband Hero Awards, one for Broadband Access, one for Broadband Adoption, and one for Broadband Use.

The event includes keynote speeches by Michigan Lt. Gov. Brian Calley, by State Librarian Nancy Robertson, and by the broadband provider COMLINK. Additionally, the summit features a luncheon keynote speech by Howard Rheingold, the noted internet futurist. The afternoon panel will also feature a panel discussion on economic development and broadband featuring Blair Levin of the Aspen Institute, Michael Finney of the Michigan Economic Development Corporation, Professor Johannes Bauer of Michigan State University of Steve Webster of Prima Civitas.

Eric Frederick, who will join in the Tuesday Broadband Breakfast Club webinar, said that Connect Michigan next week will further publicize participation by Rheingold, and by the capstone economic development panel.


The Oregon Connections Telecommunications Conference is being held on Thursday, October 24, and Friday, October 25, in Hood River, Oregon. The event features Amber Case, a researcher exploring the field of cyborg anthropology. Further information is available at http://www.oregonconnections.info/program.htm


Wyoming’s broadband summit will be held on Tuesday, October 29, in Cheyenne, Wyoming. More information is available at http://www.linkwyoming.org/lwy/default.aspx?page=108


Idaho’s broadband summit is being held on Tuesday, October 22, in Boise, Idaho. Mike Field, Executive Director of the Link Idaho initiative in the state, said that the summit will focus on community broadband centers, including the “anchor institutions” that help drive broadband developments. “Government, health care, libraries, first responders and education are the main folks that we are working together with,” he said. More information is available at http://linkidaho.org/lid/default.aspx?page=8&bhcp=1


Discussion About Needs and Issues in FirstNet at Broadband Breakfast Club Virtual Event

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October 15, 2013 – The Broadband Breakfast Club posted the video of its virtual discussion, “How Will FirstNet Improve Public Safety Communications?” featuring William Vallee, State Broadband Policy Coordinator, Office of Consumer Counsel, State of Connecticut; Brett Kilbourn, Vice President of Government and Industry Affairs, Utilities Telecom Council; and Penny Rubow, Program Manager for the FirstNet program in the State of Arkansas.

PLEASE BEGIN WATCHING THE VIDEO AT THE 5:00 MINUTE MARK: technical difficulties led to preview content being recorded.

Also, below are the full PowerPoint presentations offered by Vallee and by Kilbourne.

William Vallee – Broadband Breakfast Webinar on FirstNet – 10 15 2013

Brett Kilbourne – Broadband Breakfast Webinar on FirstNet – 10-15-2013


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