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Timely Broadband Breakfast Panel to Take Place on the Eve of FCC Chairman’s Cybersecurity Address



WASHINGTON February 20, 2012.  Broadband Breakfast will host its February Breakfast Panel, Cybersecurity Legislation in Congress: Where Does it Stand?, the day before FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski delivers his remarks on cybersecurity at the Bipartisan Policy Center.

Broadband Breakfast’s panel will focus on the efforts to move cybersecurity on the Hill after years and years of continuous calls for more discussion and vetting.

February really is turning out to be Cybersecurity Month in Washington, as multiple major cybersecurity legislative endeavors, with broad and deep implications for shoring up the US infrastructure, make their way through the house and senate. The question is, are all involved participants ready to actually move forward on this? And if so, will Congress be able to achieve sweeping cybersecurity legislation before the presidential election?

Examples of such bills include:
  • The House Homeland Security Committee marking up the “Promoting and Enhancing Cybersecurity and Information Sharing Effectiveness Act (PRECISE) which tackles multiple cybersecurity issues and creates a new information sharing organization, NISO.
  • Energy and Commerce hearings in anticipation of the “Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act of 2011” which addresses information sharing.
  • The “Cybersecurity Enhancement Act of 2011”, which addresses cybersecurity R&D, and passed through the Science and Technology Committee last year.
  • On the Senate side, a comprehensive bill taking on FISMA reform, governmental authorities, critical infrastructure protection, R&D information sharing, data breaches and miscellaneous provisions, is expected to make an appearance.

The Keynote Speaker for Tuesday morning’s panel is Ari Schwartz, Senior Policy Advisor to the Secretary, Internet Policy Task Force, U.S. Department of Commerce.

Esteemed Panelists include:

Larry Clinton, President, Internet Security Alliance

Tommy Ross, Senior Intelligence Defense Advisor, Senator Harry Reid

Nick Rossi, Minority Staff Director, Senate Homeland Security and Government Affairs Committee

The Broadband Breakfast begins at 8:00am at  Clyde’s of Gallery Place, 707 7th Street NW, Washington, DC 20001


As Deputy Editor, Chris Naoum is curating expert opinions, and writing and editing articles on Broadband Breakfast issue areas. Chris served as Policy Counsel for Future of Music Coalition, Legal Research Fellow for the Benton Foundation and law clerk for a media company, and previously worked as a legal clerk in the office of Federal Communications Commissioner Jonathan Adelstein. He received his B.A. from Emory University and his J.D. and M.A. in Television Radio and Film Policy from Syracuse University.

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Evan Feinman’s Journey from Regional Tobacco Revitalization to Director of BEAD

Feinman is also architect of the BEAD matching funds program: He will keynote BEAD Implementation Summit on September 21.



Photo courtesy Evan Feinman.

WASHINGTON, September 19, 2023 – Evan Feinman has spent over a decade in public service, with most of that time being spent working to expand broadband access.

Now the head of the National Telecommunications and Information Administration’s Broadband Equity, Access and Deployment program, he is overseeing the disbursement of over $42 billion federal funds to get more Americans broadband. NTIA is part of the U.S. Commerce Department.

He will be the keynote speaker at Broadband Breakfast’s BEAD Implementation Summit on Thursday, September 21, 2023. The event will feature four panels of state broadband office heads, officials from other federal grant programs, and others in the broadband space to discuss implementing the program.

A Virginia native, Feinman got his start in government as the state’s deputy secretary of natural resources before heading the Tobacco Region Revitalization Commission.

That post involved stimulating economies in former tobacco-growing parts of the state, including laying over 3,000 miles of fiber-optic cable to get reliable, high-speed internet to unserved areas.

“I very early in my life found that occupation without a service component just didn’t make a lot of sense to me,” he said at an event in the broadband community earlier this year. “I’m very happy to work hard when there’s something bigger than me and my bank account at stake.”

Top broadband advisor to Virginia governor

Starting in 2018, he then spent over three years as then-Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam’s chief broadband advisor, where he worked on the state’s goal to get universal broadband access to its residents by 2024.

The state’s work there has been a roadmap for others to follow as they establish their broadband offices. Virginia developed under Feinman a broadband map and toolkit to evaluate internet access within its borders.

Virginia has continued to set the bar for state broadband offices, becoming the first state to release volume two of its BEAD initial proposal on August 25 – far ahead of the December 27 deadline. 

In his current role at the NTIA, he is facilitating partnerships between the agency, state broadband offices, and internet service providers.

Architect of the BEAD matching funds program

He is also the architect of BEAD’s matching fund program. The program requires 25 percent of grant awards to be matched by states or providers.

At the broadband community event, Feinman highlighted the potential to use other federal funds as sources of matching capital, especially those left over from the State and Local Fiscal Recovery Funds program, set up with the  American Rescue Plan Act as a response to the pandemic.

“One of the best things that can happen here is a locality uses some of its Recovery Act funds to support an ISP in generating match for a project,” he said during a event on “Where’s The Funding?” “There will be places where the economics are simply not good. There are very few, if any, ISPs that are charitable enterprises.”

He also noted that any state, charity, and foundation funds are also eligible for meeting the matching requirement.

The BEAD Implementation Summit will take place at Clyde’s of Gallery Place at 707 7th Street NW, Washington. Registration is available for $245, and includes access to the videos of the event.

Register now to hear what federal and state government officials, plus industry and non-profit groups, have to say about the next steps in the broadband funding effort. In addition to discounts on events and access to premium videos, Broadband Breakfast Club members have access to comprehensive monthly exclusive reports that delve into key topics.

Register for the BEAD Implementation Summit on September 21, 2023.

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Schools, Health and Libraries Broadband Coalition to Meet in Washington This Week



WASHINGTON, May 6, 2014 – Efforts to construct Gigabit Networks will be featured prominently at the Schools, Health and Libraries Broadband Coalition meeting this week in Washington, the fourth annual event for this community of broadband users. The even will run from Wednesday, May 7 through Friday, May 9.

Registration and the agenda for the event demonstrate a strong interest in the federal eRate fund to connect schools and libraries to high-speed broadband, the Federal Communications Commission’s Health Care Connect fund created in 2012, and ConnectED, the ultra-high speed initiative unveiled by the White House in June 2013.

John Windhausen, executive director of the SHLB Coalition, said that this year’s conference will demonstrate how community broadband groups are going “beyond BTOP,” the acronym from the U.S. Department of Commerce’s Broadband Technology Opportunities Program, and which concluded last year. BTOP was funded under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, passed just as President Obama was beginning his first term in office.

Among the more than 260 people registered to attend include officials from the California Telehealth Network, Connect Arkansas, C Spire, the Fiber Utilities Group, Gigabit Libraries Network, Google, ICF International, Internet2, the Kansas Fiber Network, Mobile Pulse, MOREnet, Time Warner Cable Business Class, and the Zayo Group.

The scheduled program is displayed below:


SHLB Coalition 2014 Annual Conference“The Premier Conference on Anchor Institution Broadband Policy.”May 7-9, 2014

Click on the Titles of the Sessions for Descriptions and Bios of the Speakers

Speakers listed below are confirmed  (M) = Moderator

Wed. May 7th
   Workshop #1 FCC’s Healthcare Connect Fund Consortia 2:00 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.



Matthew Quinn, FCC

Christi Barnhart, FCC

Workshop #2Building a Gigabit Nation1:00 – 5:30



Craig Settles


Workshop #3Regulatory ComplianceNoon – 2 p.m.


Jim Baller, Baller Herbst Law Firm


NTIA: Sustainability of PCC/SBA projects

2:30 – 6 p.m.


Gwenn Weaver, NTIA

6:00-7:30 p.m. Opening Night ReceptionMarriott Marquis Hotel Mezzanine Foyer
Thurs. May 8th
8:30-8:45 a.m.
Plenary #1:Opening CommentsJohn Windhausen, SHLB Executive Director

Don Means, SHLB Chairman

8:45-9:30 a.m.
Plenary #2:Louis Fox, CEO of CENIC  
9:30-10:00 a.m. BREAK
 10:00-11:00 a.m.
E-Rate #1:The $2 Billion Question: Funding for E-rateJon Bernstein, Bernstein Strategy Group (M)Jon Wilkins,FCC

Bob Bocher, ALA

Jeff Campbell, Cisco

Wireless Broadband #1:White Spaces and CAIsMichael Calabrese, New America Foundation (M)
Michael Daum, MicrosoftDon Means, Gigabit Libraries NetworkToby Bradley, Pascagoula MS School District
Health/E-rate: Building a Broadband Network (Part 1)Denise Atkinson-Shorey, e-Luminosity (M)
Duke Horan, Henkels & McCoy
Randy Lowe, Davis Wright  Tremaine, LLP
John Honker, Magellan Advisors

Scot Eberle, Fiber Utilities Group

 11:00-11:15 a.m.
 11:15-12:15 p.m.
  E-Rate #2:E-rate Capital InvestmentJen Leasure, The Quilt (M)
Emily Almond, Georgia Public Library ServiceAlan Katz, SunesysJamie Huber, COPESD


Rural Broadband #1:Sustainable LocalismSean McLaughlin, Access Humboldt (M)
Frank Odasz, Lone Eagle Consulting

Pam Lloyd, GCI

Edyael Casaperalta, Rural Broadband Policy Group

Health/E-rate:Building a Broadband Network (Part 2)Denise Atkinson-Shorey, e-Luminosity (M)
Duke Horan, Henkels & McCoy (M)

  Randy Lowe, Davis Wright  Tremaine, LLP

  John Honker, Magellan Advisors

  Scot Eberle, Fiber Utilities Group

 12:30-1:00 p.m. 1:00-2:00 p.m.
LunchPlenary #3:  ConnectED
Tom Power, White House Office of Science & Technology Policy

Richard Culatta, U.S. Dept. of Education

 2:15-3:15 p.m.
Broadband Planning #1:Wireless Broadband Innovators: Anchors & Home
Bob Collie, ENA (M)James Ratleff, Applied Research Designs

 Dr. Rouzbeh Yassini, UNH Broadband Center for Excellence


ConnectED #1Private Sector Commitments to ConnectED Karen Perry, Clarion Collaborative (M)
Charles McKee, Sprint

Andrew Ko, Microsoft

Reg Leichty, Counsel to CoSN



Digital Inclusion #1:CAIs and the Digital Divide (Part 1) Laura Breeden, NTIA (M)
Jon Gant, Center for Digital Inclusion

Karen Mossberger, Arizona State University

Helen Milner, Tinder Foundation


 3:15-3:30 p.m.
 3:30-4:30 p.m. Broadband Planning #2:Community Broadband Planning
Phil Lindley, ConnectME Authority (M)
Joshua Broder, Tilson Chris Tamarin, Oregon BB Outreach

Tim Scott, Axia

Broadband Mapping: The Key to New Knowledge Creation for CAIs
Marijke Visser, ALA (M)Ken Wall, Geodata Services
Stacey Aldrich, PA State Library

Jarrid Keller, CA State Library

Digital Inclusion #2:CAIs and the Digital Divide (Part 2) Francine Alkisswani, NTIA (M)
Samantha Becker, U. of Washington

Rodney Hopson, George Mason University

 5:00-5:30 p.m.


5:30-5:45 p.m.

Plenary #4Network Nebraska- Education; Success through Collaboration
Tom Rolfes, Education I.T. Manager, State of NebraskaZach Leverenz, CEO, EveryoneOn


6:00-7:30 p.m.
Friday. May 9th
8:30-9:30 a.m.
 Plenary #5Dr. Dallas Dance, Superintendent of Schools, Baltimore County Public Schools 
 9:45-10:45 a.m.
 E-Rate #3:E-rate Benchmarks and Data 

Larra Clark, ALA (M)

Mark Walker, FCC

John Harrington, Funds for Learning

Jake Cowan, ULC



Wireless Broadband #2:It Takes a Mobile Village to raise a Mobile Child:Developing Mobile Learning across the Community

Sarah Morris, New America Foundation (M)

Kevin Capp, Mobile Pulse

Sheryl Abshire, Calcasieu Parish Schools

Lindsey Harmon, Connect Nevada



 Digital Inclusion #3:Kansas City, Google, Digital DivideAngela Siefer, Center for Digital Inclusion (M)
Erica Swanson, Google Fiber

Cheptoo Kositany-Buckner, KC Public Library

Crosby Kemper, KC Public Library

Michael Liimatta, Connecting for Good


10:45-11:15 a.m.
 11:15-12:15 p.m.
Gigabit Cities #1:Beyond BTOP: Partnerships for Gigabit Brian Proffit, Zayo Bandwidth (M)
Jim Stewart, Utah Education Network

Laura Spining Dodson,NTIA

Mark Johnson, MCNC


Rural Broadband #2:Rural Broadband Experiments and the CAF Heather Gold, Fiber to the Home Council (M)
Jonathan Chambers, FCC

John Gillispie, MOREnet

Alyssa Clemsen, Utilities Telecommunications Council



Digital Inclusion #4: Sustaining Digital Inclusion

Kami Griffiths, CTN (M)

Allison Walsh, Broadband Rhode Island

Dionne Baux, Smart Communities Chicago

Stu Johnson, ConnectOhio  

 12:30-1:00 p.m. 1:00-2:00 p.m.
LunchPlenary #6
Tony Wilhelm, Chief of Staff, NTIA

Blair Levin, Executive Director, Gig.U


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An Array on Broadband-Related Events in December

December 11, 2013 – The next week includes a variety of broadband-related events, both in Washington and elsewhere in the country.



December 11, 2013 – The next week includes a variety of broadband-related events, both in Washington and elsewhere in the country.

On Wednesday, December 12, at 2 p.m. ET, Public Knowledge and the Center for Media Justice host an event on “What’s the Hang Up: A Webinar to Understand the Phone Network Transition and Defend Your Communication Rights.” Register at

Also on Wednesday, December 12, at 12:15 p.m. ET, the New America Foundation highlights “In Poverty, Under Surveillance.” Register at

Also on Wednesday, December 12, in Cumming, Georgia, in the northern part of the state, Digital Georgia hosts a day-long broadband summit. Information about the event is available at

Also on Wednesday, December 12, the Federal Communications Commission will host its December open meeting.

On Monday, December 16, from 11:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m.,  TechFreedom hosts an event on “FTC: Technology & Reform Project Launches.” Register at

Also on Monday, December 16, the New America Foundation’s Techno-Activism Third Monday event is on “The Role of Circumvention Tools in Internet Filtering Countries.” Register at

On Tuesday, December 17, at 11 a.m. ET, The Broadband Breakfast Club hosts a free webinar on “Evaluating the Broadband Stimulus Program: Were Broadband Technology Opportunities Program Funds Well-Spent?” Register at

On Thursday, December 19, at Noon ET, Tech Freedom hosts another event on “A New Kingsbury Commitment: Universal Service through Competition?” with FCC Commissioner Ajit Pai.

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