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BroadbandCensus.com Executive Director Drew Clark to Moderate Panel on 'New England and Broadband Recovery Act'

WASHINGTON, April 3, 2009 – BroadbandCensus.com Executive Director Drew Clark will participate in a webcast on “New England and the Broadband Recovery Act,” hosted in Boston and available online over the Internet, from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. ET on Friday, April 3, 2009.

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Panel Will Consider the State of Play for NTIA and RUS Grant-Making Process

WASHINGTON, April 3, 2009 – BroadbandCensus.com Executive Director Drew Clark will participate in a webcast on “New England and the Broadband Recovery Act,” hosted in Boston and available online over the Internet, from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. ET on Friday, April 3, 2009.

The event, which is sponsored by the National League of Cities TV in cooperation with Atlantic-ACM, MassNetComms and & TV Worldwide, will kick off with special remarks from Rhode Island Treasurer Frank Caprio and feature three panels: (1) the role of the 20 percent match in leveraging fiscal stimulus funding; (2) how to bring super-fast 100 Megabit per second connections to New England by 2012; and (3) what’s the state of play of broadband stimulus implementation?

New England the Broadband Recovery Act Conference

New England the Broadband Recovery Act Conference

Clark will be moderating the third panel, on the role of broadband stimulus, with panelists Fred Goldstein, of Ionary Consulting; Stuart N. Brotman, President, Stuart N. Brotman Communications; Jon Banks, Senior Vice President, Law and Policy, US Telecom; and David Broadwin, Partner, Emerging Enterprise Center, Foley Hoag LLP.

BroadbandCensus.com is a premium provider of news, information and events about broadband technology, and is at the forefront of understanding and explaining the implementation of the $7.2 billion broadband stimulus package on the federal, state and local level. It publishes free daily news reports and BroadbandCensus.com Weekly Report, a subscription-based newsletter with exclusive news and analysis.

Since January 2008, BroadbandCensus.com has been building a public, transparent and freely accessible database about local broadband speeds, prices, availability, reliability and competition. You can help us fill the broadband data gap by Taking the Broadband Census.

BroadbandCensus.com is also host of the Broadband Breakfast Club, an on-the-record discussion forum that meets at the Old Ebbitt Grill on the second Tuesday of each month, from 8 a.m. to 10 a.m. Registration is available at http://broadbandbreakfast.eventbrite.com. Webcasts of previous Broadband Breakfast Club events available for purchase at http://www.tvmainstream.com/series/bbclub.

Webcasts of the Broadband Breakfast Club are produced in partnership with TV Worldwide/TV Mainstream, a partner of BroadbandCensus.com.

Program of “New England and the Broadband Recovery Act”

What’s in it for New England

Watch live as our panelists discuss implementation of the Broadband stimulus provisions of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, what’s in it for New England and how to access the funds. Panels will cover the availability of private funding to compliment broadband grants, New England broadband projects that are being discussed and what funds can be used for, and key implementation issues. Viewers are encouraged to submit questions during the webcast using the link provided under the video window.

With Special Remarks from Frank Caprio, Treasurer, Office of the General Treasurer State of Rhode Island

Panel 1: 20% and Beyond: How to leverage a $2 Million Grant into a $10 Million Project
The Broadband Stimulus requires that the Federal share of NTIA funds may not exceed 80%. How can companies and governments fund the remaining 20%? Are there opportunities to finance a bigger piece in order to further leverage stimulus dollars?

  • Martin L. Stern, K&L Gates, Moderator
  • Richard Lukaj, Bank Street Group, Senior Managing Director / Founder

Panel 2: 100Mbs by 2012: Delivering the Dollars
What New England broadband projects are models for the Recovery Act? What can funding be used for? Who do you work with in the states, and how important is their support? Can private companies go it alone, or will working through a consortia or public-private partnership be a key element to a successful proposal?

  • E. Barlow Keener, Keener Law Group, Moderator
  • Brough Turner, CTO/Founder Natural Micro Systems
  • John Reynolds, Partner, Stratum Broadband
    Fanny Mlinarsky, Principal, Octoscope
  • Tom Steel, Vice President Regulatory Affairs, RCN

Panel 3: Broadband Stimulus Implementation: What’s the State of Play?
NTIA and RUS have held a series of public meetings and are receiving comments on various implementation issues, such as private entity eligibility; the definitions of broadband, unserved, and underserved; selection criteria; and the role of the states. The FCC will be consulting with NTIA on the definition of non-discrimination and open access. What do we know so far about these issues, timing of grants, grant sizes, and other key implementation questions?

  • Drew Clark, Broadband Census, Executive Director, Moderator
  • Jon Banks, Senior Vice President, Law and Policy, US Telecom
  • David Broadwin, Partner, Emerging Enterprise Center, Foley Hoag LLP
  • Stuart N. Brotman, President, Stuart N. Brotman Communications
  • Fred Goldstein, Ionary Consulting

The webcast is availble for public sector employees, including members of the National League of Cities. For private sector employees seeking to participate, the registration charge is $75.00. Register for the event at http://www.nlctv.org/events/broadband_recovery/090403

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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