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WASHINGTON, Monday, June 20th, 2011 – The internet and intellectual property policy news and events service will hold its June 2011 Broadband Breakfast Club event, “The National Broadband Map: How to Policy, Consumer and Economic Development Implications” on Tuesday, June 21st, 2011 at Clyde’s of Gallery Place, 707 7th St. NW, Washington, DC 20001 from 8 am – 10 am.

The National Broadband Map was released by the Commerce Department and the Federal Communications Commission on February 17, 2011. The product of many millions of dollars of investment, this map includes the identities of broadband providers on a Census block-by-Census block basis. That significant fact is poised to aide consumer decision-making, inform U.S. broadband policy (including the emerging universal broadband fund), and help promote regional economic development. But is the National Broadband Map good enough? Many have criticized omissions and errors. How will the data be verified? How will broadband speed, pricing and usage data be properly incorporated? What will future versions of the map look like? 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 registration fee. This event is on the record and open to the public.

Keynote Speaker:

Anne Neville, Program Director, State Broadband Data and Development Grant Program, National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA), US Department of Commerce

Anne Neville currently directs the State Broadband Initiative at the National Telecommunications & Information Administration (NTIA). In this capacity, she is responsible for the development of the National Broadband Map and oversees the grants program to support broadband data collection and state broadband capacity and leadership efforts in all 56 states and U.S. territories. Anne has extensive experience in legislative and regulatory environments, focusing on broadband, digital inclusion and Internet issues. Prior to the NTIA, Anne served as a Global Leadership Fellow at the World Economic Forum in Geneva, Switzerland where she focused on IT and Telecom issues. Anne additionally served as Assistant Secretary for Economic Development and Technology for the State of California, where she served as the lead staff to California’s broadband initiative. In Anne’s early work in this area, she managed a grant program to increase non-profit capacity through the use of IT and founded and directed a community center providing technology training and access to mainly immigrant populations. Anne holds a Masters in Public Administration from the University of Southern California and a BA from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

David Don, Senior Director for Public Policy, Comcast Corporation

David Don is the Senior Director for Public Policy at Comcast Corporation where he has also served as the Senior Director for Spectrum Policy. Before joining Comcast in 2006, David was an attorney in the Communications Practice of Willkie Farr & Gallagher where he specialized in wireless and common carrier matters before the FCC, Congress, and in federal courts. David has worked extensively on the FCC’s public policy and spectrum policies for over a decade. He has spent considerable time developing and implementing the company’s strategy around the implementation of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009, including the FCC’s National Broadband Plan and NTIA’s Broadband Technology Opportunities Program (BTOP) and broadband mapping efforts.

Adam Elliott, President and Founder, ID Insight

Adam has over 20 years of experience creating solutions for the telecommunications, financial services, and direct marketing industries. Adam is currently the President and co-founder of ID Insight, which is an innovative data and analytics company serving over 600 banking institutions, e-commerce providers and many of the largest broadband providers in the country. Prior to ID Insight, Adam was the President of ChexSystems, the leader in providing risk and fraud solutions for the retail banking industry. He is credited with bringing multiple patents and bringing next generation analytic solutions to the marketplace. A recognized name in the analytics area, Adam has won numerous awards for marketing and training, including the Gold Award at the Houston International Film Festival for analytics training. Most recently he was name as “Minnesotan on the Move” for Finance & Commerce Magazine. Prior to ChexSystems, Adam held analytic leadership roles at Deluxe, Time Warner and Fingerhut. Adam is a former board member for the National Center for the Prevention of Economic Crime, and currently sits on two other boards. He has a BA in Mathematics from St. Olaf College and as MA in Statistics from The Pennsylvania State University.

William F. Johnson, Deputy Director, Office of CyberSecurity, New York State Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Services (DHSES)

Bill is Deputy Director for the NYS Office of Cyber Security, where he serves as the State’s senior executive overseeing statewide Geographic Information Systems (GIS) coordination activities. His current responsibilities include the State’s broadband mapping program being conducted under a grant from the National Telecommunications and Information Administration. He also serves as Chair of the NYS GIS Coordinating Body, which provides a stakeholder advisory role to guide the statewide GIS program activities carried out by the Office of Cyber Security. Previously, Bill served as the agency’s GIS Manager and prior to that he was Director of Mapping and GIS for the New York State Department of Transportation. Bill has more than 26 years of experience with GIS in New York State and has been a leading advocate on the use of GIS to improve government operations. He has also served as Board Member and President of the National States Geographic Information Council. He holds a Masters Degree in Geography from Michigan State University.

Cary Hinton, Policy Advisor to the Chief, DC Public Service Commission

Cary is the Policy Advisor to Chairman Betty Ann Kane of the Public Service Commission of the District of Columbia. In addition, Cary manages the broadband service data collection efforts of the Commission’s Office of Technical and Regulatory Analysis pursuant to a Broadband Mapping Project agreement with the District’s Office of the Chief Technology Officer. Previously, he was at Sprint Corporation for 15 years as a Regional Director for State and Local Government Affairs. Before Sprint, Cary was the Director of State and Local Government Affairs for the United States Telephone Association. Cary worked several years for the Bell Atlantic Corporation as a Manager for State Government Affairs. He was the Staff Economist for the Telecommunications Section of the Utah Division of Public Utilities for five years. Cary received his Bachelor of Arts degree in Urban Affairs from the University of Southern California and a Master of Science degree in Resource Policy and Management from the University of Michigan. He received post-graduate education at the University of Southern California’s School of Public Administration.

Nicol Turner-Lee, Vice President and Director of the Media and Technology Institute, the Joint Center for Political and Economic Studies

The Joint Center is one of the nation’s leading research and public policy institutions and the only one whose work focuses primarily on issues of particular concern to African Americans and other people of color. The Media and Technology Institute was established in 2008 to study how broadband, the media industry and emerging communications technologies can become avenues of advancement for people of color. For the past seven years, Dr. Turner-Lee has been an executive at One Economy – a global nonprofit that uses the power of technology and information to expand opportunities for low-income people – serving most recently as Senior Vice President for External Affairs in charge of public relations, national strategic partnerships and business development. While at One Economy, Dr. Turner-Lee played key roles in all aspects of its core business, including residential and community broadband access, online public purpose media and youth technology training. She helped to establish broadband connections in thousands of affordable housing units, supported the development and distribution of One Economy’s core media properties and expanded a national technology service initiative from 250 to nearly 3,000 youth in less than two years. Before joining One Economy, Dr. Turner-Lee founded the Neighborhood Technology Resource Center, a Chicago-based nonprofit that provides public access to computers and the Internet to thousands of low- and middle-income people. In its nine-year history, NTRC has been recognized by the State of Illinois and the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development as a model community technology center. Dr. Turner-Lee has served on the board of the Center for Economic Progress, most recently as its chairperson. She is a member of the board for the Community Renewal Society and a former member of the Chicago Wireless Task Force. In 2007, Broadband Properties magazine named her to its list of the “Top 10 National Broadband Promoters.” Dr. Turner-Lee is a former Research Fellow with Northwestern University’s Asset-Based Community Development Institute, a recent Rockwood Leadership Fellow and has served as adjunct faculty at Northwestern and North Park Universities. She graduated with honors from Colgate University, has a doctorate in Sociology from Northwestern University and a Certificate in Nonprofit Management from the University of Illinois-Chicago.

The event is moderated by Rahul Gaitonde, Deputy Editor of Rahul has been writing for 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.

The event will take place at Clyde’s of Gallery Place, 707 7th St. NW, Washington, DC 20001, from 8 a.m. to 10 a.m. 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 ICF International (ICFI), The National Cable & Telecommunications Association (NCTA) the Telecommunications Industry Association (TIA) and US Telecom.

The Broadband Breakfast Club series meets on the third Tuesday of each month (except for August and December). Registration for this event can be found at

The Broadband Breakfast Club schedule can be viewed at

For More Information Contact:

Sylvia Syracuse
Director of Marketing and Events

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

Read our website for broadband news and event write-ups

Videos of our previous events are available at:

For More Information Contact:


Sylvia Syracuse

Director of Marketing and Events


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