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‘Will the FCC or the Justice Department Be Tougher on the AT&T/T-Mobile Merger?’ Find Out this Tuesday, May 17th, 2011 at the Broadband Breakfast Club



WASHINGTON, Friday May 13th, 2011 – The internet and intellectual property policy news and events service will hold its May 2011 Broadband Breakfast Club event, “Will the FCC or the Department of Justice be Tougher on the AT&T/T-Mobile Merger” this Tuesday, May 17th, 2011, from 8 am – 10 am, at Clyde’s of Gallery Place, 707 7th St. NW, Washington, DC 20001.

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AT&T came to an agreement in March to purchase wireless competitor T-Mobile from Deutsche Telekom for $39B.  If the deal goes through, AT&T would become the largest wireless carrier in the nation and three carriers would control more than 80 percent of the market.  How will the FCC and Dept. of Justice view the acquisition?  If approved, how would competition in the wireless marketplace change for consumers and competitors?  What are the potential benefits of the transaction and how are the sides stacking up?  Find out more – Join the Conversation!

Telecommunications advocates, policy-makers, journalists, top officials and the general public, all seeking to trade insights on these important issues, are invited to attend this event of the Broadband Breakfast Club, which includes full American and Continental breakfasts, for as little as $45.00, plus a modest online registration fee.

This event is on the record and open to the public.

Panelists for the event include:

Caressa D. Bennet, General Counsel, Rural Telecommunications Group

Ms. Bennet is General Counsel to the Rural Telecommunications Group, Inc. (RTG). RTG is a trade association representing rural wireless carriers who each serve less than 100,000 subscribers. RTG’s members have joined together to speed delivery of new, efficient, and innovative telecommunications technologies to the populations of remote and underserved sections of the country. RTG’s members provide wireless telecommunications services, such as cellular telephone service and Personal Communications Services, among others, to their subscribers. RTG’s members are small businesses serving or seeking to serve secondary, tertiary and rural markets. Our membership is comprised of both independent wireless carriers and wireless carriers that are affiliated with rural telephone companies.  Ms. Bennet’s experience spans all aspects of communications law and policy.  Carri has provided expert testimony to the FCC on rural wireless issues and speaks regularly at industry trade shows and legal seminars.

Ernesto Falcon, Director of Government Affairs, Public Knowledge

Ernesto Falcon came to PK from the office of Rep. Bart Stupak (D-MI), where he worked for three years as the senior legislative assistant dealing with issues related to the House Energy and Commerce Committee’s Subcommittee on Communications, Technology, and the Internet.  Ernesto previously worked on Capitol Hill for Rep. Earl Blumenauer (D-OR) for three years as a technology manager and legislative assistant.  He originally came to Washington D.C. on an internship with Congressman George Miller (D-CA) in early 2004 shortly after graduating from California Polytechnic State University in San Luis Obispo with a degree in Political Science.

Debbie Goldman, Telecommunications Policy Director & Research Economist, Communications Workers of America

At CWA Debbie Goldman is responsible for regulatory affairs and telecommunications policy. She currently coordinates the union’s Speed Matters campaign promoting affordable high-speed Internet for America. CWA is the union representing 700,000 workers in communications, media, airlines, manufacturing, and public service. Ms. Goldman has advocated before the Federal Communications Commission, the U.S. Department of Justice, state regulatory commissions, and the U.S. Congress on a broad range of communications policy issues, including broadband policy, media ownership, universal service, and mergers and acquisitions.Ms. Goldman holds Masters degrees in History (University of Maryland), Public Policy (University of Maryland) and Education (Stanford University).  She earned her B.A. Magna Cum Laude from Radcliffe College (Harvard University) in 1973, majoring in History.

Justin Hurwitz, Visiting Assistant Professor of Law, George Mason University

Justin (Gus) Hurwitz is a Visiting Assistant Professor of Law at George Mason University and will be a Research Fellow at the University of Pennsylvania Law School Center for Technology, Innovation, and Competition starting this summer. He has previously worked at the Department of Justice Antitrust Division, Telecommunications and Media Enforcement Section, where he helped investigate merger and non-merger activities in the telecommunications sector, and has been a researcher at Los Alamos National Lab, where he worked on telecommunications and supercomputing projects that have been recognized by the Federal Laboratory Consortium, R&D Magazine, Los Alamos National Lab, and the IEEE and ACM, amongst others. He received his J.D. from the University of Chicago Law School and is receiving his M.A. in Economics from George Mason University this spring.

Alan Pearce, Ph.D., President, Information Age Economics

Dr. Alan Pearce founded IAE I 1979 following a senior-level policy career in the US Government from 1971-79.  He was one of the prime architects of public policy at the FCC in the 1970s where he served as Chief Economist for five years.  He then served in similar capacities for the US Congress (where he was Chief Economist of the House Telecommunications & Internet Subcommittee), and then in the Executive Office of the President. Since leaving the government, Pearce has provided professional and research services to every branch of the T-I-E industry, and also consulted for a wide variety of governments at the international, federal, state, and local levels. Dr. Pearce is a prolific researcher, author, and lecturer, and currently serves on the part-time faculty at the McDonough School of Business, Georgetown University, in Washington, DC.  He holds bachelor and master degrees from The London School of Economics and Political Science, the University of London, and a doctorate in business and telecommunications from Indiana University.

The event will be moderated by Jonathan Charnitski, Managing Editor, Jonathan began his career as a journalist before turning his focus to law and policy. He is an attorney in Texas and the District of Columbia and has worked previously as a political reporter, in political campaign communications and on Capitol Hill. He holds a B.A. in Journalism from the University of Washington and a J.D. from Villanova Law School, where he focused his studies on Internet and intellectual property law and policy.

The Broadband Breakfast Club is sponsored by ICF International, the National Cable & Telecommunications Association (NCTA), the Telecommunications Industry Association (TIA) and U.S. Telecom. The Broadband Breakfast Club meets on the second Tuesday of each month. Registration for the May event can be found at is a Washington-based news organization building a community of interest around broadband stimulus, the national broadband plan, and copyright and intellectual property. We provide independent news and expert opinion on each of these subjects. We also host the Intellectual Property Breakfast Club on the 2nd Tuesday of each month; and the Broadband Breakfast Club on the 3rd Tuesday of each month. Free videos of our events are available at Broadband TV link above.

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Sylvia manages the Broadband Breakfast Club, on-the-record monthly discussion groups that meet on the THIRD Tuesday of each month. She has had a long career in non-profit development and administration, and has raised funds for technology and science education, and managed a project on health information exchange adopted by the State of New York. She understands community education and infrastructure needs for effective broadband access.

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Participate in the Conversation on the Present and Future of Mobile Health at the April 16th Breakfast Club



WASHINGTON, Monday, April 8th, 2013 – The broadband policy news and events service will hold its April 2013 Broadband Breakfast Club event:

“Mobile Health: Will Wireless Devices Help Solve the Nation’s Health Crises?” on Tuesday, April 16th 2013 at Clyde’s of Gallery Place, 707 7th St. NW, Washington, DC 20001 from 8 am – 10 am.

This event will address the current state of mobile health endeavors on various devices, including tele-health, smartphone, iPad, email and other forms of wireless communications between patients, doctors and related professionals. We will be addressing the following:

•            Imminent and long term regulatory and adoption outlooks for mobile health on wireless devices

•            The state of app and platform development: most promising coming up this year, which players are involved,    successes thus far in adoption and medical outcomes and what the future holds. Are there any limits to these technologies?

•            Privacy and Security of patient information on mobile devices

•            The role of broadband accessibility in the ultimate success of mobile health initiatives

American and Continental breakfasts are included. The program begins shortly after 8:30 a.m. Tickets to the event are $45.00 plus a small online fee.

Registration is available at

The Broadband Breakfast Club is sponsored by Comcast, Google and US Telecom.

Keynote Speaker:


Jacob Reider

Chief Medical Officer

Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology

US Department of Health and Human Services

Jacob Reider, MD is a family physician with 20 years of experience in health information technology and special interest in clinical innovation, user experience, and clinical decision support. His background includes leadership roles in nearly all facets of the health IT domain – from small start-up companies to academic facilities, primary care medical groups, and large health IT development organizations. Dr. Reider has served as a member of the Board of Trustees of the American Medical Students Association, the Society of Teachers of Family Medicine, and has served in directorial positions on boards of several innovative health IT companies.



Robert Jarrin

Senior Director of Government Affairs


Robert Jarrin represents Qualcomm on U.S. domestic regulatory matters relating to wireless health and life sciences. Externally, Jarrin is a member of the Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society Mobile Initiatives (mHIMSS) Advisory Council, leads the American Telemedicine Association (ATA) Policy A-Team on Telehealth and Meaningful Use, is the U.S. Chair for the European-American Business Council (EABC) eHealth Policy Group, and serves on the Scientific Advisory Board of Medical Automation.  He also served for three years as co-chair of the U.S. Policy Working Group for the Continua Health Alliance, and is seated on the Board of Directors for Vida Senior Centers. In June 2012, Jarrin was asked by FCC Chairman Genachowski to help lead a task force that is currently studying how best to accelerate the proliferation of mobile health (mHealth) technologies. In September 2012, this task force prepared and presented the FCC with a formal report detailing material findings, concrete recommendations and actionable goals for the FCC and other federal agencies. Prior to joining Qualcomm, Jarrin worked as a manager of Strategic Partnerships for Ericsson Wireless Communications, served as a law clerk in the White House Office of Counsel to President Clinton and also served as a law clerk and subsequent consultant in the U.S. Department of Justice to Attorney General Janet Reno. Jarrin frequently lectures on mHealth and medical device regulations for the George Washington University Health Policy Department and the Case Western Reserve University, Case School of Engineering. Jarrin holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Government and Politics from the University of Maryland at College Park and a Juris Doctorate from Northeastern University School of Law.

Deven McGraw

Director of the Healthy Privacy Project

Center for Democracy and Technology

CDT’s Health and Privacy Project is focused on developing and promoting workable privacy and security protections for electronic personal health information. Ms. McGraw was one of three persons appointed by Kathleen Sebelius, the Secretary of the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services (HHS), to serve on the Health Information Technology (HIT) Policy Committee, a federal advisory committee established in the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009. She also served on two key workgroups of the American Health Information Community (AHIC), the federal advisory body established by HHS in the Bush Administration to develop recommendations on how to facilitate use of health information technology to improve health. She also served on the Policy Steering Committee of the eHealth Initiative and now serves on its Leadership Committee. She is also on the Steering Group of the Markle Foundation’s Connecting for Health multi-stakeholder initiative. Ms. McGraw has a strong background in health care policy. Prior to joining CDT, Ms. McGraw was the Chief Operating Officer of the National Partnership for Women & Families, providing strategic direction and oversight for all of the organization’s core program areas. She also served as Deputy Legal Counsel to the Governor of Massachusetts and taught in the Federal Legislation Clinic at the Georgetown University Law Center. Ms. McGraw graduated magna cum laude from the University of Maryland. She earned her J.D., magna cum laude, and her L.L.M. from Georgetown University Law Center. She also has a Master of Public Health from Johns Hopkins School of Hygiene and Public Health.

Joel White

Executive Director

Health IT Now Coalition

The Health IT Now Coalition is a diverse group of organizations representing patients, health providers, health insurers, agents, and brokers, employers and unions that have come together to help integrate information technology into health care. Mr. White spent twelve years on Capitol Hill as professional staff, during which he helped enact nine laws, including the Medicare Modernization Act, the Deficit Reduction Act, the Tax Reform and Health Care Act, the Trade Act, and the Children’s Health Act. Mr. White was instrumental in developing the Part D e-prescribing law in the Medicare Modernization Act and in developing legislation that passed the House to promote the adoption and use of health information technology. Mr. White was the Staff Director of the Ways and Means Health Subcommittee with responsibility for advising Members of Congress and directing staff on all policy issues within the jurisdiction of the Subcommittee. The issues include Medicare, Health Savings Accounts, tax credits for health insurance, HIPAA, mental health parity, and health information technology. 

Jacob Reider, Chief Medical Officer, Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology 



Paul Kirby, Senior Editor, TRDaily

Paul Kirby is a senior editor at TR Daily. He’s been at TR since 2000, exclusively covering wireless policy issues. Before that, he worked for six years at Reuters, where he was a staffer on the wire service’s broadcast/online desk. Prior to joining Reuters, Paul covered Washington for Florida and Louisiana newspapers at a regional wire service. He has also been a business reporter at the Gainesville Sun in Florida and a local government reporter at the Newport News Daily Press in Virginia. Paul is an alumnus of the University of Maryland at College Park. He grew up in the Washington area.

Background on is in its fifth year of hosting monthly breakfast forums in Washington on broadband and related internet policy issues. These events are on the record, open to the public and consider a wide range of viewpoints. Our Broadband Breakfast Club meets on the third tuesday of every month (except for August and December).

Our elected official keynotes have included Representatives Zoe Lofgren (D-CA), John Conyers (D-MI), Diane Watson (D-CA), Joe Barton (R-TX) and the former Rep. Rick Boucher (D-VA).

Our agency and commission official keynotes have included Deputy Undersecretary for Agriculture Dallas Tonsager, Julius Genachowski, Chairman FCC; former RUS Administrator, Jonathan Adelstein, Julie Brill, Federal Trade Commissioner; Anna Gomez, Deputy Assistant Secretary NTIA.

Our moderated discussion panels are comprised of leaders from a wide variety of organizations including government, industry, law firms, academia, nonprofit, journalism and many others.

Our audiences are equally diverse. 

The Broadband Breakfast Club series meets on the third Tuesday of each month (except for August and December).

The Broadband Breakfast Club schedule can be viewed at

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