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

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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.

In his  substantive keynote address, including questions and answers, Adelstein addressed the role that the RUS, and the Department of Agriculture, play in ensuring that broadband is brought to rural America.

Following Adelstein’s remarks, a panel of experts on rural broadband experts addressed the key questions pertaining to the subject. The discussion was moderated by Sharon McLoone, Managing Editor, BroadbandBreakfast.com.

The panelists included:

  • Curtis Anderson, Vice President & General Counsel, MELE Associates, Inc.
  • Jeffrey Arnold, Deputy Legislative Director, National Association of Counties
  • Steven K. Berry, President & CEO, Rural Cellular Association
  • Jennie B. Chandra, Regulatory Counsel & Director, Federal Government Affairs, Windstream
  • Claiborn Crain, Senior Professional Staff, House Committee on Agriculture

The event is available on BroadbandBreakfast.com at the following link.

Don’t miss the next Broadband Broadband Breakfast Club, on Tuesday, July 20, 2010, on “The Smart Grid, Telecommunications and the Electric Infrastructure.” Registration is available at http://broadbandbreakfast.eventbrite.com.

Also upcoming is the Intellectual Property Breakfast Club, on Tuesday, July 13, 2010: “The Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement Treaty. ” Registration is available, for FREE, at http://ipbreakfast.eventbrite.com.

The Broadband Breakfast Club is sponsored by the Telecommunications Industry Association, the National Cable and Telecommunications Association, International Broadband Electric Communications, Inc., and the Benton Foundation.

For further information about sponsorship, contact sylvia@broadbandcensus.com, or call 646-262-4630. The Broadband Breakfast Club is Copyright © Broadband Census News LLC.

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

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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.

The breakfast forum, 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 the status of broadband service and usage in rural America – particularly in light of the key controversities in the Federal Communications Commission’s National Broadband Plan recommendations as regards the universal service fund.

The panel will be moderated by Sharon McLoone, Managing Editor of BroadbandBreakfast.com, and an veteran reporter on technology, broadbnad and business issues.

This Broadband Breakfast Club event is the latest in a series of timely and topical internet policy and intellectual property topics addressed in BroadbandBreakfast.com’s breakfast series. Recent events included a panel discussion on the contentions involved in “New Retransmission Consent Battles and Licensing Video Content” at its Intellectual Property Breakfast Club breakfast of June 2010.

The most recent Broadband Breakfast Club even, in  May 2010, addressed “International Perspectives on the U.S. National Broadband Plan.” Video from BroadbandBreakfast.com events is available at http://broadbandbreakfast.com/category/broadband-tv.

On July 13, 2010, the Intellectual Property Breakfast Club Series continues with a new panel discussing the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement Treaty. Registration for the Intellectual Property Breakfast Club is available at http://ipbreakfast.eventbrite.com.

Speakers and Panelists for the June 15th Broadband Breakfast Club event, on “Challenges to Rural Broadband Availability and Adoption,” include, following Jonathan Adelstein’s keynote at 8:15 a.m.:

  • Curtis Anderson, Vice President & General Counsel, MELE Associates, Inc.
  • Steven K. Berry, President & CEO, Rural Cellular Association
  • Jennie B. Chandra, Regulatory Counsel & Director, Federal Government Affairs, Windstream
  • Claiborn Crain, Senior Professional Staff, House Committee on Agriculture

The group will discuss the thorny question of how broadband will reach rural areas and how rural residents will actually be able to take advantage of it. When it comes to high-speed internet services, in many cases there is both a supply problem and an adoption challenge. What are the particular tools that have aided in the availability and usage of broadband? Are there best-practice models in particular states? This panel of experts and practitioners from rural areas will explore and assess ways at helping rural areas become truly connected.

The Broadband Breakfast Club is sponsored by the International Broadband Electric Communications, Inc., Telecommunications Industry of America, National Cable and Telecommunications Association, and The Benton Foundation.

Event tickets are $45.00 per person, plus a modest registration fee. The event on the record and open to the public. Registration for the event is available at http://broadbandbreakfast.eventbrite.com.

How Will Congress Greet the National Broadband Plan? For Clues, Watch the Broadband Breakfast Club

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WASHINGTON, March 22, 2010 – Broadband Census News LLC on Monday released, for FREE, the full-length video of the Broadband Breakfast Club event on March 16, 2010: “Setting the Table for the National Broadband Plan: Where to From Here?

The event is available on BroadbandBreakfast.com at the following link.

The event included key Congressional aides addressing the likely reception of the national broadband plan on Capitol Hill. The event was moderated by Sharon McLoone, Managing Editor, BroadbandBreakfast.com, and the panelists included:

  • 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
  • David Quinalty, Professional Staff Member, Senate Subcommittee on Communications, Technology and the Internet
  • Daniel Sepulveda, Senior Advisor, Sen. John Kerry, D-Mass.

Don’t Miss the next Broadband Breakfast Club on Tuesday, April 20, 2010: “International Perspectives on the U.S. National Broadband Plan” Registration is available at http://broadbandbreakfast.eventbrite.com.

The Broadband Breakfast Club is sponsored by the International Broadband Electric Communications, Inc., the Telecommunications Industry Association, the National Cable and Telecommunications Association, and the Benton Foundation.

For further information about sponsorship, contact sylvia@broadbandcensus.com, or call 646-262-4630. The Broadband Breakfast Club is Copyright © Broadband Census News LLC.

Partnership for a Connected Illinois Announces Drew Clark as Executive Director; Founder of BroadbandCensus.com to Lead State Broadband Data and Deployment Effort

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SPRINGFIELD, Illinois, and WASHINGTON, February 25, 2010 – The Partnership for a Connected Illinois, a non-profit organization that includes partnerships with Southern Illinois University, Man-Tra-Con, and Connected Nation, on Thursday announced Drew Clark as its new Executive Director.

On Wednesday, PCI also unveiled BroadbandStat, a new interactive mapping tool for viewing and analyzing broadband data.

Clark, the founder of BroadbandCensus.com and an experienced, independent telecom industry analyst, brings a unique public interest perspective to broadband data collection, which is vital to the effective deployment of high-speed internet networks throughout the United States.

“I’m glad that our team of broadband experts is moving forward to help achieve the ambitious vision for a public, transparent map of technology infrastructure that President Obama and I share,” said Governor Pat Quinn. A long-time advocate of improving broadband access in Illinois, Governor Quinn has worked with public and private partners over many years to ensure connectivity in all areas.

As the state’s designated entity to perform broadband mapping, the Partnership for a Connected Illinois (PCI) recently received $1.8 million in funding from the National Telecommunications and Information Administration for broadband data collection, mapping and planning activities. In 2009, led by Southern Illinois University, PCI received a start-up grant from the Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity.

“The Partnership for a Connected Illinois is a direct outgrowth of the highly successful endeavor in southern Illinois to use broadband deployment as the foundation to a broader economic development strategy,” said Dr. Glenn Poshard, President of Southern Illinois University.

“This undertaking has been an all-in commitment by the region’s leaders in health care, education and business, working together to unleash the job creation potential of high speed Internet access,” he said. “We have every expectation that the accomplishments achieved by this unique public-private partnership in southern Illinois can be recreated throughout the state. Southern Illinois University welcomes Mr. Clark on board and we look forward to participating in this exciting phase of the project.”

Clark will be based in Springfield, Illinois, and will work throughout the state to ensure every community in Illinois is connected to world-class, high-speed information and communication networks. The broadband mapping efforts to be undertaken by PCI will help identify and drive both broadband supply and demand.

“The enthusiasm for broadband is palpable in Illinois,” said Clark. “The Partnership for a Connected Illinois has the opportunity to lead the nation by building a common-sense approach to data collection and deployment that maximizes broadband’s benefit for citizens, business, schools, libraries and health care providers.”

BroadbandStat is a user-friendly, web-based tool for local leaders, policymakers, consumers and technology providers to plan for the expansion and adoption of broadband. On Wednesday, Connected Nation hosted a webinar introducing BroadbandStat to all interested parties, free of charge.

“We are extremely pleased with the selection of Drew Clark as the Executive Director of the Partnership for a Connected Illinois,” said Ron Duncan, President of the Board of Directors of PCI. “He has a unique set of experiences and capabilities that make him extremely well suited for this leadership role.”

Continuing Work of Broadband Census LLC

Clark founded Broadband Census LLC in December 2007 as a means of providing the public with an objective and independent measure of broadband speeds, prices, availability, reliability and competition. Both the data and journalistic activities of Broadband Census LLC will continue.

As BroadbandBreakfast.com, Broadband Census News publishes reports on broadband stimulus, wireless broadband, and the national broadband plan. Heading up the editorial team at BroadbandBreakfast.com is Sharon McLoone.

McLoone has been a journalist for 20 years, with most of her work focusing on technology, business and politics. Her work has appeared in CNN Money, The New York Times, The Washington Post and Science, as well as smaller, more specialized publications. Just prior to beginning with BroadbandBreakfast.com, She worked as a business reporter at WashingtonPost.com and as an editor at a National Journal publication covering politics and policy of interest to the high-tech and media communities.

Also assuming a leadership role at the company is Sylvia Syracuse, Director of Marketing and Sponsorship. Syracuse manages the Broadband Breakfast Club, the popular Washington discussion group that now meets on the third Tuesday of each month at Clyde’s of Gallery Place in Washington.

Syracuse has had a long career in non-profit development and administration, and has raised funds for technology and science education, and managed a project on health information exchange by the State of New York. Her experience in community education and development also allows her to understand the community needs and infrastructure required to make broadband access effective.

On the data side, Broadband Census Data conducts independent validation at the Census block level (or smaller, if desired) of carrier-submitted broadband data. The broadband availability maps created by BroadbandCensus.com use no fewer than two and as many as five independent sources for validation.

Sources include: wireline footprints from publicly-citable sources, wireless footprints from radio-frequency propagation tools, carrier data, market survey data, and user-generated data. Various lists are used to validate data for speed, price, availability, technology and provider information to specific areas.

Working in collaboration with our partner Brian Webster Consulting, BroadbandCensus.com can perform an inclusive broadband availability study and prepare broadband availability coverage maps that can be released under a Creative Commons Attribution Noncommercial License. The data is provided in all the popular GIS file formats.

Current broadband availability maps include wireless and wireline provider (cable and telco) footprints. Members of our team conducted the data and mapping services used to complete the grant application process for American Recovery and Reinventment Act Round 1 grant winners Rivada Sea Lion in Alaska, and the North Florida Broadband Authority.

In addition to maps, the data can be used to show and tabulate the availability, speed and adoption for specific areas. This is provided in electronic report form. This information can be used to support Broadband Technology Opportunities Program and Broadband Infrastructure Program applications.

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