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What Will Broadband Do to the Universal Service Fund?

WASHINGTON, January 6, 2009 – In telecommunications circles, a bevy of experts and lobbyists are energetically discussing the role that broadband will play in the current fiscal stimulus package. One feature common to many stimulus-related proposals is an effort to change the Universal Service Fund.

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Officials from Office of Rep. Rick Boucher, CTIA – The Wireless Association, Independent Telephone and Telecommunications Alliance, and E9-1-1 Institute at Broadband Breakfast Club on January 13

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WASHINGTON, January 6, 2009 – In telecommunications circles, a bevy of experts and lobbyists are energetically discussing the role that broadband will play in the current fiscal stimulus package.

One feature common to many stimulus-related proposals is an effort to change the Universal Service Fund. The USF currently provides funding for rural telephone service, hookups to “lifeline” service, and internet connections for schools and libraries. Change seems destined to come to the USF as its structure is revised to accomodate broadband-related funding.

Experts familiar with broadband and role of the USF will discuss the question of “What Will Broadband Do to the Universal Service Fund” at the next monthly event of the Broadband Breakfast Club on Tuesday, January 13, 2009.

The panelists are Jay Driscoll, director of government affairs for the wireless association CTIA; Gregory Rohde, executive director of the E9-1-1 Institute and E-Copernicus, and formerly head of the National Telecommunications and Information Administration; Jennifer Schneider, legislative counsel to Virginia Democrat Rep. Rick Boucher; and Curt Stamp, the president of the Independent Telephone and Telecommunications Alliance, which represents mid-size and smaller telecommunications carriers.

The discussion will be centered around both past efforts to change the USF — Rep. Boucher was a leading author of attempts to include broadband in the fund — and current stimulus-related proposals that bear on the fund. 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.

The breakfast host and moderator will be Drew Clark, executive director of BroadbandCensus.com, a free information and news service 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.

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 December meeting, “How Applications and Broadband Mapping Harness Demand for High-Speed Internet,” included Geoff Daily, a blogger for App-Rising.com; Susan Fox, a vice president at Walt Disney; Neal Neuberger, executive director of the Institute for e-Health Policy; and Alan Shark, executive director of the Public Technology Institute.

The meeting on Tuesday, February 10, 2009, will be on “The Role of Wireless Frequencies in Widespread Broadband Deployment,” and will include a representative from Clearwire, as well as several other invited guests.

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.

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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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