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Webcasts of Broadband Breakfast Club Now Available Online

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Premium Webcasts on Key Topics in Broadband Policy Available Online Through BroadbandCensus.com’s Partnership with TV Mainstream

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WASHINGTON, January 14, 2009 – Webcasts of the Broadband Breakfast Club, a discussion group on the key issues at the intersection of broadband technology and internet policy, are now available for purchase on the BroadbandCensus.com channel of TV Mainstream.

Held on the second Tuesday of each month from 8 a.m. to 10 a.m., the Broadband Breakfast Club brings together key stakeholders to share perspectives on broadband technology and internet policy, and breakfast. The events take place at the Old Ebbitt Grill in Washington.

Telecommunications policy advocates, attorneys, policy-makers and journalists seeking to obtain insights from top officials in Washington can attend the Broadband Breakfast Club, which includes a full American and Continental breakfast, for as little as $45.00. The events are on the record and open to the public. Register here for the next breakfast event.

For individuals outside of Washington, or whose schedule doesn’t permit attendance in person, archived webcasts of the Broadband Breakfast Club are now available on the BroadbandCensus.com channel on TV Mainstream. One full year of online access to each premium webcast is available for $40.00.

Individuals who register to attend the Broadband Breakfast Club will also receive a full year of complementary online access to the webcast.

Among the individual speakers who have participated in the Broadband Breakfast Club, which began in October 2008, include:

Click here for the list of registered attendees.

Webcasts of the Broadband Breakfast Club Produced in Partnership with:

TV Mainstream

Because of the limited size of the venue, seated attendance will be reserved for the first 45 individuals to register. The Broadband Breakfast Club is sponsored by CTIA – The Wireless Association, and the Benton Foundation.

About BroadbandCensus.com

The Broadband Breakfast Club is hosted by BroadbandCensus.com, which provides free information and news about local broadband speeds, prices, availability, reliability and competition. As with BroadbandCensus.com, the Broadband Breakfast Club seeks to light on key issues in broadband technology and internet policy through public disclosure and discussion.

BroadbandCensus.com uses “crowdsourcing” to allow internet users to share information about their internet experiences. Take the Broadband Census today at http://broadbandcensus.com/census/form.

What Role Does Entertainment, E-government, and Telemedicine Play in Driving Broadband?

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Officials from Walt Disney, Public Technology Institute, Institute for e-Health Policy, App-Rising.com and BroadbandCensus.com at Broadband Breakfast Club on December 9

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WASHINGTON, December 2, 2008 – Officials representing the users of high-speed internet services – particularly in the fields of entertainment, e-government, and telemedicine – will appear at the next monthly event of the Broadband Breakfast Club on Tuesday, December 9.

The panelists are Susan Fox, vice president of government relations for Walt Disney; Neal Neuberger, executive director of the Institute for e-Health Policy; Alan Shark, executive director of the Public Technology Institute; and Geoff Daily, a telecom blogger at App-Rising.com.

The discussion will be centered around the theme of “How Applications and Broadband Mapping Harness Demand for High-Speed Internet.” As with each monthly meeting of the breakfast club, the discussion will take place at the Old Ebbitt Grill, at 675 15th Street NW, in Washington.

Breakfast host and moderator Drew Clark, executive director of BroadbandCensus.com, will join in the discussion and offer his perspective on how broadband mapping can help aggregate demand for high-speed services.

Adoption of broadband is widely regarded as one of at least three core components of a national broadband strategy that also includes access (broadband is universally available) and affordability (prices for broadband are falling, as with other information-economy goods).

The Broadband Breakfast Club discussion on December 9 aims to energetically dive into the issue of broadband adoption. What applications are necessary to drive demand? What can policy-makers do to promote broadband demand? What role can information about availability and affordability – such as the free data on BroadbandCensus.com – play in harnessing this demand into new high-speed subscribers?

Beginning at 8 a.m., an American plus Continental breakfast is available downstairs in the Cabinet Room. This is followed by a discussion, beginning around 8:40 a.m. and ending at 10 a.m. The breakfast club  meets on the second Tuesday of each month until March 2009. The registration page for the event is http://broadbandbreakfast.eventbrite.com.

The November meeting, “Should Government Funding Be Part of a National Broadband Plan?” featured a discussion with Stan Fendley of Corning, Kyle McSlarrow of the National Cable and Telecommunications Association and telecommunications consultant John Windhausen, Jr.

The meeting on Tuesday, January 13, 2009, will be on “What Will Broadband Do to the Universal Service Fund?” It will feature Gregory Rohde, Executive Director, E-Copernicus/E9-1-1 Institute, and other panelists.

The meeting on Tuesday, February 10, 2009, will be on “The Role of Wireless Frequencies in Widespread Broadband Deployment.”

The meeting on Tuesday, March 10, 2009, will be on “Broadband Competition: Do We Have It, and How Do We Get More of It?” and will feature James Baller, president of Baller Herbst Law Group; Art Brodsky, communication director of Public Knowledge; Scott Wallsten, vice president for research and senior fellow, Technology Policy Institute; and others.

Registration for future breakfasts is available at http://broadbandbreakfastclub.eventbrite.com.

Because of the limited size of the venue, seated attendance will be reserved the first 45 individuals to register. There are no restrictions on who may register to attend. With the exception of speakers, there is a $45.00 charge (plus a modest Eventbrite fee) to attend. The events are on the record.

About BroadbandCensus.com

BroadbandCensus.com is a free information and news service, launched in January 2008, that provides the public with an objective measure of where broadband is available, which carriers offer it, whether their actual speeds match their promised speeds, and how consumers rate their service quality.

BroadbandCensus.com provides data and reporting about broadband in the states, and about telecommunications policy issues. BroadbandCensus.com uses “crowdsourcing” to allow internet users to share information about their internet experiences. Take the Broadband Census today at http://broadbandcensus.com/census/form.

Expert: Telemedicine Could Save $197 Billion, But Only With 'Smart Networks'

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WASHINGTON, October 24 – Broadband-enabled improvements to health care could save $197 billion over 25 years, but only if carriers had the incentives and freedom to deploy so-called “smart networks,” according a study financed by AT&T.

Widespread broadband deployment would be necessary to achieve these savings, according to the study, report author Robert Litan, vice president of research and policy at the Kauffman Foundation.

The 63-page report, “Vital Signs Via Broadband: Remote Health Monitoring Transmits Savings, Enhances Lives,” was presented at a press briefing by Better Health Care Together. The group seeks comprehensive changes in the health care system.

Senior citizens generally lag in technology adoption. But because they are likely to be the greatest beneficiaries of widespread broadband-enabled health monitoring, it may be necessary for the government to incentive broadband adoption if it wants to realize those savings, said Litan.

Among the incentives that should be deployed, said Litan, are investments in internet education, rural broadband infrastructure and “telecommunications policies that allow broadband providers to experiment with different offering that attract marginal users without sacrificing profits on other users,” according to a summary of recommendations.

In his remarks, Litan said: “We need not only a take-up of broadband, but a take-up of smart broadband, or smart networks.”

“You have to have a reliable service, and it has to be secure, unlike the videos that are interrupted,” he continued. “The broadband provider has got to have the incentive that will allow for this.”

Litan calculated the value that widespread adoption of telemedicine would, over 25 years, save the country $153 billion (in net present value). If, on the other hand, pro-provider telecommunications policies were adopted, an additional $44 billion of savings would be generated.

He calculated the average gain for implementing these policies would be $1.75 billion per year.

The basic idea is that more extensive use of telemonitoring – or the remote transmission of vital signs over a telephone or internet connection – can keep people out of hospitals and save health care costs.

“Remote monitoring technologies can transmit data on a regular, real time basis and prevent hospitalizations by identifying and treating problems by triggering adjustments in care before negative trends reach crisis stage,” Litan said in the report.

Litan also said that privacy protections for telemonitoring should be no more restrictive in the broadband environment than they are in the real-world environment.

Others speaking at the press conference included Joy Hoffman, executive director of Better Health Care Together, and Neal Neuberger, executive director of the Healthcare Information Management Systems Society’s Institute for e-Health Policy.

Neuberger, addressing Litan’s study, said that many telemonitoring applications do not involve video transmission hence do not require super-fast broadband connections. Asked why “smart networks” were therefor necessary to give priority to particular applications, Litan replied, “you don’t need a lot of speed, but your need uninterrupted or continuous service. You need priority of service.”

“The ambulance has got to have the freeway, and be ahead of other types of applications,” Litan continued, using an analogy to a real-world highway.

Besides AT&T, supporters of Better Health Care Together include the Center for American Progress, the Communications Workers of America, Embarq, Intel, Qwest and Wal-mart.

Editor’s Note: Join the next Broadband Breakfast Club on Tuesday, November 18, when a panel of experts including Stan Fendley, director of legislative and regulatory policy for Corning, Kyle McSlarrow, CEO of the National Cable and Telecommunications Association, and John Windhausen, president of Telepoly Consulting, will consider the question, “Should Government Funding Be Part of a National Broadband Plan?”

And on Tuesday, December 9, BroadbandCensus.com’s breakfast club will consider the very issue of how broadband applications – including telemedicine – can harness demand for high-speed internet services. Register at http://broadbandbreakfast.eventbrite.com

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