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Last Chance to Register for National Town Hall on ‘Net Neutrality, Copyright and National Broadband Plan’

WASHINGTON, January 18, 2010 – Monday is the last day to register to attend BroadbandBreakfast.com’s Town Hall Webcast on “Net Neutrality, Copyright Protection and the National Broadband Plan,” which takes place tomorrow, or on Tuesday, January 19, 2010, from 8 a.m. to 11 a.m. Register at http://ipbreakfast.eventbrite.com.

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WASHINGTON, January 18, 2010 – Monday is the last day to register to attend BroadbandBreakfast.com’s Town Hall Webcast on “Net Neutrality, Copyright Protection and the National Broadband Plan,” which takes place tomorrow, or on Tuesday, January 19, 2010, from 8 a.m. to 11 a.m.

New panelists for the event include Gigi Sohn, President and Founder of Public Knowledge; and Steven Marks, Executive Vice President and General Counsel, Recording Industry Association of America.

As is customary for our breakfast series event, breakfast is available beginning at 8 a.m. at Clyde’s of Gallery Place, at 707 7th Street NW, Washington. There is a $45.00 charge to attend the breakfast in person. For this special Town Hall Webcast, we will also be live-streaming the event. Register for the breakfast, or for the FREE webcast, at http://ipbreakfast.eventbrite.com.

In addition to welcoming video remarks from FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski, Kim Hart of The Hill and myself will be moderating two panels.

Technical Panel

The technical panel will consider the feasibility and desirability of filtering broadband content for copyrighted material, and also address quality-of-service and other issues bearing upon Net neutrality.

Policy Panel

The policy panel will consider whether the national broadband plan is the right vehicle for addressing copyright and Net neutrality/open internet issues.

Click here to register for future events. The Broadband Breakfast Club is a “widely attended event” under House of Representatives Rule 25, clause 5(a)(4)(A).

This BroadbandBreakfast.com National Town Hall Webcast is sponsored by Data FoundryIntel Corporation, and the National Cable and Telecommunications AssociationThe Hill is the event’s media sponsor.

Biographies and Supplemental Materials

  • Rick Carnes, President, Songwriters Guild of America
    • Nashville songwriter Rick Carnes has earned 40 platinum albums with songs recorded by artists Garth Brooks, Reba McEntire, Alabama, Steve Wariner, Pam Tillis, and Dean Martin. His song, “I Can’t Even Get the Blues No More,” was Reba McEntire’s first number one single, and “Long Neck Bottle,” recorded by Garth Brooks, set a record on the Billboard charts by entering the charts at number 10. In 1978 Carnes moved from his native Memphis to Nashville in 1978 with his wife, Janis, and they recorded for RCA, Elektra Asylum, Warner Bros. and MCA records. They also work as a co-writing team and have written three top 10 recordings on Bluegrass icons, the Whites, as well as penning the jazz ballad, “Irresistible” recently featured in “Saving Face.” Vice President of the Songwriters Guild of America for 18 years, in 2003 Rick was elected President. He is also Vice President of the National Music Council and Communications Chairman of the Music United Coalition. Carnes is signed as an exclusive Songwriter for Peer Music.
    • FCC Filing: http://www.songwritersguild.com/response_sga_to_fcc.PDF
  • John Morris, General Counsel, Center for Democracy and Technology
    • John B. Morris, Jr. is General Counsel at the Center for Democracy & Technology, and is the Director of its “Internet Standards, Technology and Policy Project.” Prior to joining CDT in 2001, Morris was a partner in the law firm of Jenner & Block. At both CDT and Jenner, Morris has litigated groundbreaking cases in Internet and First Amendment law, and was a lead counsel in the successful 1996-1997 challenge to the Communications Decency Act. Morris received his B.A. magna cum laude with distinction from Yale University and his J.D. from Yale Law School, where he was the Managing Editor of the Yale Law Journal. Prior to becoming a lawyer, he had significant experience in the computer industry.
    • FCC Filing: http://www.cdt.org/files/pdfs/2010_CDT_openness_comments.pdf
  • Jeffrey Lawrence, Director, Global Media and Content Policy, Intel Corporation
    • Jeffrey T. Lawrence  oversees a wide array of legislative, regulatory, and market initiatives relating to copyright, content policy and content protection. His team’s technical policy work is focused on creating competitive retail market-segments through standards based, horizontal content protection technologies and initiatives such as Digital Entertainment Content Ecosystem (virtual digital format); Advanced Access Content System (content protection for Blu-Ray Disc), Digital Transmission Content Protection (for compressed data in home networks); high-bandwidth Digital Content Protection (for decompressed data moving to displays); the DVD Copy Control Association (licenses CSS for DVD Video), on which he serves on the Board of Directors; and others. Lawrence also served as Director of Standards and Industry Consortia, Chair of Intel’s Copyright Practice Group, and other positions. Prior to joining Intel, Lawrence spent two years with the Japanese law firm Anderson Mori in Tokyo, and four years with Preston Gates in Portland, Oregon. He graduated from BYU in 1991, and from the University of Washington in 1987.
    • FCC Filings:
    • Other Documents:
  • Fernando Laguarda, Vice President, External Affairs and Policy Counselor, Time Warner Cable
  • Steven Marks, Executive Vice President and General Counsel, Recording Industry Association of America
    • Steven Marks is part of the senior management team that develops strategy for industry-wide projects at the intersection of business, policy, legal and public relations aspects of the music industry, and oversees the legal, litigation, business affairs, and technology departments at the RIAA. He represents the industry in legislative and regulatory proceedings; leads negotiations for industry-wide licenses; coordinated industry legal strategy in the MGM v. Grokster case; and represents the industry in public dialogues and policy debates, including providing testimony before government bodies. He was chosen by Inside Counsel magazine as one of the top 50 general counsels in the U.S. Before joining RIAA, Marks was in private practice at Arnold & Porter in Washington, and Steel Hector & Davis in West Palm Beach, Florida. Marks graduated from Duke Law School and served as a law clerk to the Honorable Mary M. Schroeder of the U.S. Court of Appeal for the Ninth Circuit. He received his B.A. from Duke University.
    • FCC Filing: RIAA – FCC Net Neutrality NPRM Final for filing
  • Gigi Sohn, President and Founder, Public Knowledge
    • Gigi B. Sohn is President and Co-Founder of Public Knowledge, a nonprofit organization that addresses the public’s stake in the convergence of communications policy and intellectual property law. Sohn serves as the chief strategist, fundraiser and public face of Public Knowledge. She is frequently quoted in The New York Times, Washington Post and Wall Street Journal, as well as in trade and local press. Sohn also has had articles published in the Washington Post, USA Today, Variety, CNET and Legal Times, and blogs for the Huffington Post.In addition, she has appeared on numerous national and local cable, broadcast television and radio programs, including the Today Show, Good Morning America, and The McNeil-Lehrer Report. Sohn is a non-resident Fellow at the University of Southern California Annenberg Center and a Senior Fellow at the University of Melbourne Faculty of Law, in Australia. She was an Adjunct Professor at Georgetown University and an Adjunct Professor at the Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law.
    • FCC Filings:
  • Matthew Henry, Internet Policy Counsel, Data Foundry
    • Matthew Henry is the Internet policy counsel for Data Foundry, Inc. Mr. Henry is a telecom attorney whose practice focuses on privacy, regulatory, and legislative issues. His law firm, McCollough|Henry, P.C., represents a number of telecommunications companies in matters of public law, including consumer rights; regulatory and administrative law; and governmental relations. Mr. Henry is also a public advocate for Internet privacy and serves on the board of directors for Electronic Frontier Foundation Austin.
    • FCC Filings:
    • Other Documents:

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Broadband Breakfast on June 1, 2022 — The Supreme Court, Social Media and the Culture Wars

The Supreme Court on Tuesday blocked a Texas law banning social media companies from removing posts based on views expressed.

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See “Experts Reflect on Supreme Court Decision to Block Texas Social Media Bill,” Broadband Breakfast, June 2, 2022.

Our Broadband Breakfast Live Online events take place on Wednesday at 12 Noon ET. Watch the event on Broadband Breakfast, or REGISTER HERE to join the conversation.

Wednesday, June 1, 2022, 12 Noon ET – BREAKING NEWS EVENT! – The Supreme Court, Social Media and the Culture Wars

The Supreme Court on Tuesday blocked a Texas law that would ban large social media companies from removing posts based on the views they express. Join us for this breaking news event of Broadband Breakfast Live Online in which we discuss the Supreme Court, social media and the culture wars.

Panelists:

  • Scott McCollough, Attorney, McCollough Law Firm
  • Amy Peikoff, Chief Policy Officer, Parler
  • Ari Cohn, Free Speech Counsel, TechFreedom
  • Nora Benavidez, Senior Counsel and Director of Digital Justice and Civil Rights at Free Press
  • Drew Clark (presenter and host), Editor and Publisher, Broadband Breakfast

Panelist resources:

W. Scott McCollough has practiced communications and Internet law for 38 years, with a specialization in regulatory issues confronting the industry.  Clients include competitive communications companies, Internet service and application providers, public interest organizations and consumers.

Amy Peikoff is the Chief Policy Officer of Parler. After completing her Ph.D., she taught at universities (University of Texas, Austin, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, United States Air Force Academy) and law schools (Chapman, Southwestern), publishing frequently cited academic articles on privacy law, as well as op-eds in leading newspapers across the country on a range of issues. Just prior to joining Parler, she founded and was President of the Center for the Legalization of Privacy, which submitted an amicus brief in United States v. Facebook in 2019.

Ari Cohn is Free Speech Counsel at TechFreedom. A nationally recognized expert in First Amendment law, he was previously the Director of the Individual Rights Defense Program at the Foundation for Individual Rights in Education (FIRE), and has worked in private practice at Mayer Brown LLP and as a solo practitioner, and was an attorney with the U.S. Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights. Ari graduated cum laude from Cornell Law School, and earned his Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

Nora Benavidez manages Free Press’s efforts around platform and media accountability to defend against digital threats to democracy. She previously served as the director of PEN America’s U.S. Free Expression Programs, where she guided the organization’s national advocacy agenda on First Amendment and free-expression issues, including press freedom, disinformation defense and protest rights. Nora launched and led PEN America’s media-literacy and disinformation-defense program. She also led the organization’s groundbreaking First Amendment lawsuit, PEN America v. Donald Trump, to hold the former president accountable for his retaliation against and censorship of journalists he disliked.

Drew Clark is the Editor and Publisher of BroadbandBreakfast.com and a nationally-respected telecommunications attorney. Drew brings experts and practitioners together to advance the benefits provided by broadband. Under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009, he served as head of a State Broadband Initiative, the Partnership for a Connected Illinois. He is also the President of the Rural Telecommunications Congress.

Photo of the Supreme Court from September 2020 by Aiva.

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Broadband Breakfast on June 29, 2022 — Broadband Mapping and Data

Broadband Breakfast returns to one of the subjects that it knows best: Broadband mapping and data.

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See “FCC Opens Broadband Data Collection Program,” Broadband Breakfast, June 30, 2022.

Our Broadband Breakfast Live Online events take place on Wednesday at 12 Noon ET. Watch the event on Broadband Breakfast, or REGISTER HERE to join the conversation.

Wednesday, June 29, 2022, 12 Noon ET –Broadband Mapping and Data

Now that the National Telecommunications and Information Administration’s Notice of Funding Opportunity has been released, attention turns to a core activity that must take place before broadband infrastructure funds are distributed: The Federal Communications Commission’s updated broadband maps. Under the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act, as implemented by the NTIA’s Broadband Equity, Access and Deployment program, these address-level maps from the FCC will determine the allocation of funds among states and serve as a key source of truth. Our panelists will also consider the role of state-level maps, the NTIA challenge process and other topics. Join Broadband Breakfast as we return to one of the subjects that we know best: Broadband data and mapping.

Panelists:

  • Bill Price, Vice President, Government Solutions, LightBox
  • Dustin Loup, Program Manager, Marconi Society’s National Broadband Mapping Coalition
  • Ryan Guthrie, Vice President of Solutions Engineering at ATS
  • Drew Clark (moderator), Editor and Publisher, Broadband Breakfast

Panelist resources:

Bill Price, Vice President of Government Solutions, is responsible for LightBox broadband data and mapping solutions for government. Bill has more than 40 years in telecommunications and technology services development and operations. His track record includes delivering the Georgia statewide location level broadband map, the first fiber metropolitan area network in the U.S., and launching BellSouth’s internet service. LightBox combines proven, leading GIS and big data technology to transform how decisions are made in broadband infrastructure planning and investment.

Dustin Loup is an expert on internet governance and policy and program manager for the Marconi Society’s National Broadband Mapping Coalition. Much of his work centers on improving digital inclusion and establishing transparent, open-source, and openly verifiable mapping methodologies and standards.

Ryan Guthrie is VP of Solutions Engineering at Advanced Technologies & Services.  He started with ATS in 2006 and has been involved in all aspects of the business from sales and marketing through solution design and implementation.  Ryan also manages regulatory solutions for ATS and has been deeply involved with the federally funded broadband projects by assisting ISPs with their performance measures testing compliance.

Drew Clark is the Editor and Publisher of BroadbandBreakfast.com and a nationally-respected telecommunications attorney. Drew brings experts and practitioners together to advance the benefits provided by broadband. Under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009, he served as head of a State Broadband Initiative, the Partnership for a Connected Illinois. He is also the President of the Rural Telecommunications Congress.

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Broadband Breakfast on June 15, 2022 – Broadband Breakfast Live Online from Fiber Connect in Nashville

Join conference attendees in conversation on key connectivity issues.

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Our Broadband Breakfast Live Online events take place on Wednesday at 12 Noon ET. Watch the event on Broadband Breakfast, or REGISTER HERE to join the conversation.

Wednesday, June 15, 2022, 12 Noon ET – Broadband Breakfast Live Online from Fiber Connect in Nashville

Join a conversation with attendees at the annual Fiber Connect conference in Nashville, Tennessee:

The purpose of this special session of Broadband Breakfast Live Online is to highlight some of the concerns that have been expressed by municipalities about the notice of funding opportunity recently issued by the National Telecommunications and Information Administration on the Broadband Equity, Access and Deployment program. In this special session from Fiber Connect in Nashville, panelists will analyze what the NTIA got right and where it has blind spots. Equally importantly, we will discuss what can be done next so that cities have the opportunity to expand fiber to every corner of their communities when they seek to do so.

Panelists:

  • Gary Bolton, President and CEO, the Fiber Broadband Association
  • Scott Menhart, Chief Information Technology Office, Traverse City, Michigan
  • Kim McKinley, Chief Marketing Officer, UTOPIA Fiber
  • Bob Knight, executive board of the American Association of Public Broadband
  • Drew Clark (presenter and host), Editor and Publisher, Broadband Breakfast

Bob Knight is a broadband industry professional and public official. He serves on the executive board of the American Association of Public Broadband and is in his seventh term as a commissioner of economic and community development for Town of Ridgefield, Connecticut.

Gary Bolton serves as president and CEO of the Fiber Broadband Association — the largest trade association in the Americas dedicated to all-fiber-optic broadband. With more than three decades in the telecom industry, Bolton joined the Fiber Broadband Association as president and CEO in 2020 after serving on the association’s board as vice chairman, treasurer and vice chairs of public policy and marketing committees. Prior to taking the leadership role at the Fiber Broadband Association, he spent 11 years at ADTRAN serving as vice president of global marketing and government affairs.

Scott Menhart, the chief information technology officer for Traverse City Light & Power (TCLP), has more than 20 years of experience in technology and broadband industries. He has been actively involved with multiple fiber to the premise deployments and recently launched TCLPfiber, a full municipal community network. TCLP currently serves nearly 13,000 electric customers and is currently working to expand TCLPfiber services to these customers.

Kim McKinley helps lead UTOPIA Fiber as its Deputy Director and Chief Marketing Officer. In 2010, she joined the network as a member of its turnaround team, and has helped cement today’s UTOPIA Fiber as the fastest-growing, highest-rated, and most-successful Open Access network in the United States.

Drew Clark is the Editor and Publisher of BroadbandBreakfast.com and a nationally-respected telecommunications attorney. Drew brings experts and practitioners together to advance the benefits provided by broadband. Under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009, he served as head of a State Broadband Initiative, the Partnership for a Connected Illinois. He is also the President of the Rural Telecommunications Congress.

Photo of Gaylord Opryland, home of Fiber Connect, by Ken Lund used with permission

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As with all Broadband Breakfast Live Online events, the FREE webcasts will take place at 12 Noon ET on Wednesday.

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