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Next Broadband Breakfast Club: Should Government Funding Be Part of a National Broadband Plan?

WASHINGTON, October 15 – BroadbandCensus.com announced that its second Broadband Breakfast Club forum, to be held on Tuesday, November 18, from 8 a.m. to 10 a.m. at the Old Ebbitt Grill, will address this question: “Should Government Funding Be Part of a National Broadband Plan?”

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November 18 Meeting of New Monthly Forum Will Feature Kyle McSlarrow, CEO of National Cable and Telecommunications Association, and John Windhausen of Telepoly Consulting

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WASHINGTON, October 15 – BroadbandCensus.com announced that its second Broadband Breakfast Club forum, to be held on Tuesday, November 18, from 8 a.m. to 10 a.m. at the Old Ebbitt Grill, will address this question: “Should Government Funding Be Part of a National Broadband Plan?”

The breakfast forum, which is open to the public, will turn this informal discussion group to its core subject: helping to develop an informed consensus — or, failing that, an informed level of disagreement — around broadband policy questions.

Fresh from the election returns and the prospect of a new administration, this and future events of the Broadband Breakfast Club will consider core disputes around broadband policy: universal service, questions of bundling/unbundling, the role of broadband mapping and data, the wireless broadband pipe, and other topics. We very much want to encourage repeat attendance so as to elevate the quality of the discussion. See the complete list of future events at http://broadbandbreakfastclub.eventbrite.com.

The November 18 event will bring together several key stakeholders to debate a fundamental question looming behind many discussions of internet policy: Should Government Funding Be a Part of National Broadband Plan? Each of the three panelists has strong views about the desirability or undesirability of federal investment in broadband networks. The panel will consider the pros and cons of direct subsidization, indirect investment through federal tax credits, and whether there is a need for government intervention at all.

  • Drew Clark, Executive Director, BroadbandCensus.com (Moderator)
  • Kyle McSlarrow, President and CEO, National Cable and Telecommunications Association

McSlarrow on March 1, 2005, began his tenure as President & CEO of the National Cable & Telecommunications Association (NCTA), the primary trade association of the cable television industry in the United States. He  was appointed in 2007 to serve on the President’s National Security Telecommunications Advisory Committee (NSTAC). Prior to joining NCTA, McSlarrow served as the Deputy Secretary of the U.S. Department of Energy, an agency with more than 100,000 federal and contractor employees, 17 national labs, and a budget of $23 billion.  In that role, he exercised policy and programmatic supervision over a diverse portfolio that included the nation’s nuclear weapons complex and non-proliferation programs. Prior to joining the Department of Energy, McSlarrow served as Vice President of Political and Government Affairs for Grassroots.com, rivately-held Internet company marketing web-based political tools and services.

  • John Windhausen, Jr., Telepoly Consulting

Windhausen has worked in the communications policy arena in Washington, D.C. for over 20 years. He began his career as a staff attorney at the Federal Communications Commission in 1984. He moved to Capitol Hill in January, 1987, serving as counsel and then senior counsel to Senator Hollings, Senator Inouye, and the Democrats on the U.S. Senate Commerce Committee for 9 years. He participated actively in the drafting and passage of the 1992 Cable Act, the 1993 Spectrum Auction Act, and the Telecommunications Act of 1996. In June, 1996, he joined the Competition Policy Institute as General Counsel. In January, 1999, he became the President of the Association for Local Telecommunications Services (ALTS), where he led the facilities-based competitive local telecom industry in its efforts to provide consumers with a choice of local telecom providers. In October, 2004, he opened his own consulting practice, called Telepoly Consulting.

  • Another panelist has been invited

Hosted by BroadbandCensus.com, the Broadband Breakfast Club is designed to bring key stakeholders together to share perspectives on broadband technology and internet policy. Except for holidays, the Broadband Breakfast Club will meet on the second Tuesday of each month.

A complete American and Continental Breakfast for registrants will be available beginning at 8:00 a.m., with the forum beginning at around 8:30 a.m. and concluding at 10 a.m. The charge for the event is $45.00, plus an Eventbrite registration fee. Seated attendance is limited to the first 45 individuals to register for the event, at http://broadbandbreakfast.eventbrite.com.

For more information about BroadbandCensus.com, or about the Broadband Breakfast Club at Old Ebbitt Grill at 675 15th Street NW, Washington, DC, please contact Drew Clark, Executive Director, BroadbandCensus.com, at 202-580-8196, or by e-mail: drew at broadbandcensus.com.

Drew Clark is the Editor and Publisher of BroadbandBreakfast.com and a nationally-respected telecommunications attorney at The CommLaw Group. He has closely tracked the trends in and mechanics of digital infrastructure for 20 years, and has helped fiber-based and fixed wireless providers navigate coverage, identify markets, broker infrastructure, and operate in the public right of way. The articles and posts on Broadband Breakfast and affiliated social media, including the BroadbandCensus Twitter feed, 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.

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DC versus SF: A Clash of Vision for Tech Policy Event on Monday, October 28, at 3 p.m. ET

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From our friends at TechFreedom:

How do DC and SF think about the future? Are their visions of how to promote, and adapt to, technological change compatible? Or are America’s policymakers fundamentally in conflict with its innovators? Can technology ultimately trump politics?

In the near-term, are traditional left/right divides breaking down? What are the real fault lines in technology policy? Where might a divided Congress reach consensus on tech policy issues like privacy, immigration, copyright, censorship, Internet freedom and biotech?

For answers and more questions, join moderator Declan McCullagh (Chief Political Correspondent for CNET), and a panel of technology policy experts: Berin Szoka (President, TechFreedom), Larry Downes (author, Laws of Disruption), and Mike McGeary (Co-Founder and Chief Political Strategist, Engine Advocacy). This event is co-sponsored by TechFreedom, Reason Foundation, and the Charles Koch Institute.

RSVP here. A live stream will be available here, and you can follow the conversation on Twitter with #DCvSF.

When:
Monday, October 28, 2013
12:00pm – 1:30 PT
The live stream will be available on this page.

Where:
Hyatt Regency
5 Embarcadero Center
San Francisco, CA 94111

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

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

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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.

Participants:
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.

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

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.

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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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