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Broadband Breakfast Club Considers Broadband Stimulus Efforts and Begins Evaluating its Impact

WASHINGTON, October 22, 2010 – Now that all of the broadband stimulus funding has been distributed, its effectiveness can now be evaluated. That was the message at the Broadband Breakfast Club on Tuesday, October 19. Video of the event was released on Friday. While the long term value of the stimulus is still unknown, panelists were able to gauge the way in which the funds were distributed.

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WASHINGTON, October 22, 2010 – Now that all of the broadband stimulus funding has been distributed, its effectiveness can now be evaluated. That was the message at the Broadband Breakfast Club on Tuesday, October 19. Video of the event was released on Friday. While the long term value of the stimulus is still unknown, panelists were able to gauge the way in which the funds were distributed.

Overall, panelists felt that the program was well established. Benton Foundation Chairman Charles Benton praised the National Telecommunications and Information Administration and the Rural Utilities Service for working relentlessly and for their hard work given their limited resources. He gave the program process an “A.” He also highlighted the fact that it was a very convivial process with very few points of contention.

Video of the event is available on BroadbandBreakfast.com at the following link.

Others on the panel were less generous. Jacquie Jones, Executive Director, National Black Programming Consortium, gave it a “B.” Craig Settles, a leading industry analyst, gave it an “A-“ and a “C”, and Lori Sherwood of the Inter-County Broadband Network, expressed a number of reservations. Watch the video below for the distinctions drawn.

Settles, for example, praised the NTIA and RUS, but said that some of their decisions on awards were unexpected.

Among the criticisms, Jacquie was disappointed by the lack of innovative projects. While the NTIA had to be careful and fund projects which would work, she felt that they should have tried to support some new project types. Settles reiterated this sentiment by pointing out that the majority of the projects for last mile were for fiber which is a proven technology; however, Settles also liked the fact that WiMax was given funding.

The panelists also felt that the level of digital literacy needed to be improved. Currently, the broadband stimulus legislation and implementing regulation seeks to teach only the true basics. That won’t be sufficient to create economic growth, Jones said. She highlighted a project in Philadelphia which taught teenagers how to create and share media via the web. This project helped the teens to develop useful job skills along with basic digital literacy.

Sherwood’s Inter-County Broadband Network is a partnership with Maryland governments to obtain a BTOP grant that will connect schools, community centers, and government offices. Although she had praise for the program, she also noted the lack of flexibility when dealing with government applicants. Sherwood said her group did not obtain a first round grant because they were unable to provide the same financial balance sheets as corporate and nonprofit entities.

With all the investment in private networks, the need for publicly owned networks was questioned; but both Benton and Sherwood supported the need. Benton stated that public networks are necessary since they are able to provide access in areas where a market case cannot be made; additionally they provide a high level of long term cost savings for the governments which do not have to rent bandwidth.

Now that all the money has been distributed, the issue of what happens next was posed to the panel. Most agreed that the Universal Service Fund is the next funding mechanism.

Settles also highlighted the Google Fiber project which galvanized thousands of communities across the nation. He said that many of the communities which he worked with in the preparation of bids for the Google project have realized the value of the high speed network and are preparing alternative funding sources if they do not obtain the Google funds.

Forthcoming Breakfast Club Events

The next Broadband Broadband Breakfast Club will be held on November 16, 2010, on “Public Safety’s Role in, and the Need For, Better Quality Broadband” Registration is available at http://broadbandbreakfast.eventbrite.com.

The Broadband Breakfast Club is sponsored by the National Cable and Telecommunications Association, US Telecom, and Telecommunications Industry Association.

The next Intellectual Property Broadband Breakfast Club will be held on November 9, 2010, on “Approaches by Internet Service Providers Around the World to Copyright Infringement.” Registration is available at http://ipbreakfast.eventbrite.com.

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

Rahul Gaitonde has been writing for BroadbandBreakfast.com since the fall of 2009, and in May of 2010 he became Deputy Editor. He was a fellow at George Mason University’s Long Term Governance Project, a researcher at the International Center for Applied Studies in Information Technology and worked at the National Telecommunications and Information Administration. He holds a Masters of Public Policy from George Mason University, where his research focused on the economic and social benefits of broadband expansion. He has written extensively about Universal Service Fund reform, the Broadband Technology Opportunities Program and the Broadband Data Improvement Act

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Broadband Breakfast on December 15, 2021 — Public-Private Partnerships and Broadband Deployment

One of the most important recent developments in the deployment of broadband infrastructure.

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Wednesday, December 15, 2021, 12 Noon ET — How Public Private Partnerships Represent an Opportunity for Broadband Deployment

In the past two years, public and private entities have greatly increased their collaboration to expand broadband access for Americans. In the wake of the coronavirus pandemic, the telecom industry has been forced to find innovative solutions to connect households to essential online services. In this Broadband Breakfast Live Online event, we will explore the factors driving public-private partnerships in telecom and look at where such partnerships can take us next. Various economic and business forces underlie these partnerships. We’ll also discuss the urgent need for these partnerships in the fight to connect the country.

Panelists for this Broadband Breakfast Live Online session:

  • Jim Baller, Partner, Keller & Heckman
  • Roger Timmerman, CEO, UTOPIA Fiber
  • Other guests have been invited
  • Drew Clark (moderator), Editor and Publisher, Broadband Breakfast

Jim Baller is a partner at Keller & Heckman. He was founder of the US Broadband Coalition, a diverse group that fostered a broad national consensus on the need for a national broadband strategy and recommended the framework that was subsequently reflected in the Federal Communications Commission’s National Broadband Plan. A consultant to Google’s Fiber for Communities project, he is also the co-founder and president of the Coalition for Local Internet Choice, an alliance that works to prevent or remove barriers to the ability of local governments to make the critical broadband infrastructure decisions that affect their communities.

Roger Timmerman has been serving as UTOPIA Fiber’s Executive Director since 2016 and has been a technology management professional in telecommunications and information technology for over 15 years. Roger has been designing and building networks throughout his career in various roles including Vice President of Engineering for Vivint Wireless, CTO for UTOPIA Fiber, Network Engineer for iProvo, and Network Product Manager for Brigham Young University. Roger earned his Bachelor of Science and Master of Science degrees in Information Technology from Brigham Young University.

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Broadband Breakfast on December 8, 2021 — Implementation of the Infrastructure, Investment and Jobs Act

In this event, we’ll explore the perspective of the NTIA and state agencies charged with implementing IIJA.

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Wednesday, December 8, 2021, 12 Noon ET — Implementation of the Infrastructure, Investment and Jobs Act

The passage of the Infrastructure, Investment and Jobs Act on November 5, 2021, represents a significant opportunity for the broadband industry. This includes the providers of high-speed internet service as well as those that seek to enhance the deployment of better broadband. But many questions remain about the details of implementing the IIJA on both the federal and the state levels. In this special “Broadband Breakfast for Lunch” IN PERSON and LIVE ONLINE event, we’ll explore the perspective of the lead federal government agency charged with implementing IIJA’s broadband provision, the Commerce Department’s National Telecommunications and Information Administration. We’ll also consider the important role of state broadband officials in the next phase of IIJA implementation.

Join us IN PERSON on Wednesday, December 8, at Broadband Breakfast Club for Lunch!

There are two ways to participate in this event: IN PERSON or LIVE ONLINE. To attend in person, sign up to attend to attend in person through EventbritePlease arrive for lunch at Clyde’s of Gallery Place, 707 7th Street NW, Washington, D.C., by 11:30 a.m. to be seated for lunch. The program will begin promptly at 12 Noon ET.

Panelists for this Broadband Breakfast Live Online session:

  • Scott Woods, Senior Broadband Program Specialist, NTIA
  • Jase Wilson, CEO, Ready / Broadband Money
  • Other guests have been invited
  • Drew Clark (moderator), Editor and Publisher, Broadband Breakfast

Panelist resources:

As a Senior Broadband Program Specialist with the National Telecommunications and Information Administration’s (NTIA), Scott Woods serves as the Team Lead for the Connecting Minority Communities (CMC) Pilot Program, a new grant program to provide $268 million in direct funding to expand broadband access, connectivity and digital inclusion to eligible Historically Black Colleges or Universities (HBCUs), Tribal Colleges or Universities (TCUs), Minority-serving Institutions (MSIs) and the anchor communities upon which these institutions serve. Mr. Woods also serves as the principal liaison between the BroadbandUSA program office and key strategic partners and external stakeholder groups, including representatives from state and local governments; broadband service providers; for-profit and non-profit corporations; telecom trade associations; community representatives and organizations, and colleges/universities.

Jase Wilson is co-founder and CEO of Ready / Broadband Money, a software, data and financial services firm devoted to helping local ISPs connect more people to better broadband. He lives in the SF bay area with his wife and their son Wafer, aka WWW.

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 December 1, 2021 — How the Telecom and Tech Industries Should Approach Privacy

Privacy is rising in the landscape of telecom and technology policy issues issues.

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Our Broadband Breakfast Live Online events take place on Wednesday at 12 Noon ET. You can watch the December 1, 2021, event on this page. You can also PARTICIPATE in the current Broadband Breakfast Live Online event. REGISTER HERE.

Wednesday, December 1, 2021, 12 Noon ET — How the Telecom and Tech Industries Should Approach Privacy

Slowly but surely, privacy is rising in the landscape of telecom and technology policy issues. From the perspective of the technology marketplace, massive data breaches, incessant cybersecurity threats including ransomware, and the market power of the big tech companies (Alphabet’s Google, Apple, Meta’s Facebook, Amazon and Microsoft) force everyone else to adapt defensively. But from the policy perspective, the reality of congressional or Federal Trade Commission action is forcing a new respect on the notion that privacy rules may soon be enshrined into law. This Broadband Breakfast Live Online session will consider how tech and telecom industry players should approach the issue.

Panelists for this Broadband Breakfast Live Online session:

  • Jessica Dheere, Director, Ranking Digital Rights
  • Kirk Nahra, Partner, WilmerHale
  • Drew Clark (moderator), Editor and Publisher, Broadband Breakfast

Panelist resources:

Jessica Dheere is director of Ranking Digital Rights, a program at the think tank New America that evaluates the world’s most powerful tech and telecom companies on their public commitments to protect users’ free expression, privacy, and other rights. She co-authored RDR’s spring 2020 report “Getting to the Source of Infodemics: It’s the Business Model.” Jessica has a master’s degree in media studies from the New School in New York City and was a 2018-19 fellow at the Berkman Klein Center for Internet & Society at Harvard University.

Kirk J. Nahra is a partner with WilmerHale in Washington, D.C., where he is Co-Chair of the firm’s Cybersecurity and Privacy Practice as well as Co-Chair of the Big Data Practice.  He assists companies in a wide range of industries in analyzing and implementing the requirements of privacy and security laws across the country and internationally.  He is an adjunct professor on various privacy issues at the Washington College of Law at American University and serves as a fellow with the Cordell Institute for Policy in Medicine & Law at Washington University in St. Louis.

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

SUBSCRIBE to the Broadband Breakfast YouTube channel. That way, you will be notified when events go live. Watch on YouTubeTwitter and Facebook

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