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Start!Forum Meeting on June 12 Will Discuss Transition to an All-Internet Protocol Network — Event Co-Sponsored by BroadbandBreakfast.com

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WASHINGTON, June 4, 2013 – BroadbandBreakfast.com will co-sponsor the first annual Start!Forum, along with co-hosts the Voice Communication Exchange Committee (VCXC), the Information Technology and Innovation Foundation (ITIF) and the Federal Communications Bar Association (FCBA).

The Forum will be held at the Wiley Rein Conference Center, 1776 K Street, NW, Washington, DC 20006, from 8:30 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. on Wednesday, June 12, 2013.

Complimentary Tickets are available. Use promocode “BBBC” for free registration at http://vcxc.org/june12th

The Start!Forum will focus on the transition from internet protocol version 4 (IPv4), which includes increasingly outdated copper phone lines, to a system of all-internet protocol networks with high-definition core voice. This new network is called IPv6, or version 6 of these IP networks. IPv6 will serve an all-IP framework that includes IP services, IP devices, IP access and IP interconnecting.

VCXC, a nonprofit start-up working to speed the transition to all-IP networks, is the creator of the Start!Forum and hopes the yearly event will provide an significant opportunity for information technology and telecommunications organizations internationally to come together and discuss the many facets of the transition.

The event will begin with a keynote speech by Charlie Ergen, Chairman of DISH Network, with sessions focusing on the “The All New IP Communications Industry.” These will include: “The Seven Revolutions”, “Geostrategic Implications of IP Communications”, “Harnessing Moore’s Law to Drive 1000x IP Network Capacity”, “Policy Firewall versus Competition Policy and the Social Contract”, “No One Regulates Companies They Love” and “Knowledge and Power – The Information Theory of Capitalism” and a book signing and network reception with George Gilder, author of “Knowledge & Power.”

The Start!Forum is a program of the Start!Campaign, whose primary goal is to facilitate a complete transition to IPv6 by June 15, 2018.

VCXC plans to facilitate increasing industry collaboration and public engagement with a variety of Start!Campaign events over the next several years, including the Forum.

The Start!Campaign began with a kickoff event in June 2012, and the upcoming Start!Forum will assess what has been accomplished and what still needs to be done. The name Start!Campaign suggests the need for industry to take a fresh approach to the IP transition.

As Daniel Berninger, founder of VCXC, states “All the solutions we need are new solutions.”

The transition to IP from copper wire carries a number of major benefits, he said.  Operating expenses will be cheaper. Additionally, many companies are currently maintaining both telecommunications networks, creating unnecessary costs.

“It’s pretty inefficient for companies to operate two networks,” said Berninger.

Nonetheless, a number of challenges still exist for the IP transition. For one, it is important to ensure that crucial functions, such as emergency 911 services, are not interrupted during the transition.

Additionally, there are regulatory challenges. Under the old network, voice and information were two different industries with separate, unique regulations. Transitioning to IP will join them together, requiring reconciliation of different policies. Debate over policy questions, rather than over technological limitations, has been the greatest obstacle to the IP transitions thus far.

Josh Evans is a political science major at Grove City College. He is originally from Dover, Florida. An intern at the National Journalism Center in the summer of 2013, he is a Reporter for Broadband Census News and the News Editor for The Collegian at Grove City College.

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DC versus SF: A Clash of Vision for Tech Policy Event on Monday, October 28, at 3 p.m. ET

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From our friends at TechFreedom:

How do DC and SF think about the future? Are their visions of how to promote, and adapt to, technological change compatible? Or are America’s policymakers fundamentally in conflict with its innovators? Can technology ultimately trump politics?

In the near-term, are traditional left/right divides breaking down? What are the real fault lines in technology policy? Where might a divided Congress reach consensus on tech policy issues like privacy, immigration, copyright, censorship, Internet freedom and biotech?

For answers and more questions, join moderator Declan McCullagh (Chief Political Correspondent for CNET), and a panel of technology policy experts: Berin Szoka (President, TechFreedom), Larry Downes (author, Laws of Disruption), and Mike McGeary (Co-Founder and Chief Political Strategist, Engine Advocacy). This event is co-sponsored by TechFreedom, Reason Foundation, and the Charles Koch Institute.

RSVP here. A live stream will be available here, and you can follow the conversation on Twitter with #DCvSF.

When:
Monday, October 28, 2013
12:00pm – 1:30 PT
The live stream will be available on this page.

Where:
Hyatt Regency
5 Embarcadero Center
San Francisco, CA 94111

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Broadband Breakfast Club Webinar, on Tuesday, October 22, at 11 a.m. ET, Will Focus on State Broadband Initiative Summits

October 18, 2013 – With several state broadband entities hosting summits in the remainder of October, the Broadband Breakfast Club is hosting its next webinar on the topic of “Upcoming State Broadband Summits: Michigan, Utah and Others Bring Intenet Knowledge and Practice For Economic Development” on Tuesday, October 22, at 11 a.m. ET/10 a.m. CT.

REGISTER NOW for the Broadband Breakfast Club Webinar

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October 18, 2013 – With several state broadband entities hosting summits in the remainder of October, the Broadband Breakfast Club is hosting its next webinar on the topic of “Upcoming State Broadband Summits: Michigan, Utah and Others Bring Intenet Knowledge and Practice For Economic Development” on Tuesday, October 22, at 11 a.m. ET/10 a.m. CT.

REGISTER NOW for the Broadband Breakfast Club Webinar

State Broadband Initiative entities have played a significant role in mapping high-speed internet services over the past four years. Their data collection activities have opened the way for new applications and services, and for enhancing the broadband climate throughout the country. They also play a key role in convening, connecting and fostering collaboration among stakeholders in their respective states.

During the month of October, several states will be hosting broadband summits, including Idaho, Michigan, Oregon, Utah and Wyoming. In this FREE Broadband Breakfast Club webinar, we’ll speak with leaders from State Broadband Initiative entities about their upcoming summits.

Participants:
Kelleigh Cole, Manager, Utah Broadband Project
Erick Frederick, Executive Director, Connect Michigan

Other participants have been invited.

Moderator:Drew Clark, Chairman and Publisher, BroadbandBreakfast.com

REGISTER NOW for the Broadband Breakfast Club Webinar on Tuesday, October 22, 2013, at 11 a.m. ET/10 a.m. CT.

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Discussion About Needs and Issues in FirstNet at Broadband Breakfast Club Virtual Event

October 15, 2013 – The Broadband Breakfast Club posted the video of its virtual discussion, “How Will FirstNet Improve Public Safety Communications?” featuring William Vallee, State Broadband Policy Coordinator, Office of Consumer Counsel, State of Connecticut; Brett Kilbourn, Vice President of Government and Industry Affairs, Utilities Telecom Council; and Penny Rubow, Program Manager for the FirstNet program in the State of Arkansas.

PLEASE BEGIN WATCHING THE VIDEO AT THE 5:00 MINUTE MARK: technical difficulties led to preview content being recorded.

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October 15, 2013 – The Broadband Breakfast Club posted the video of its virtual discussion, “How Will FirstNet Improve Public Safety Communications?” featuring William Vallee, State Broadband Policy Coordinator, Office of Consumer Counsel, State of Connecticut; Brett Kilbourn, Vice President of Government and Industry Affairs, Utilities Telecom Council; and Penny Rubow, Program Manager for the FirstNet program in the State of Arkansas.

PLEASE BEGIN WATCHING THE VIDEO AT THE 5:00 MINUTE MARK: technical difficulties led to preview content being recorded.

Also, below are the full PowerPoint presentations offered by Vallee and by Kilbourne.

William Vallee – Broadband Breakfast Webinar on FirstNet – 10 15 2013

Brett Kilbourne – Broadband Breakfast Webinar on FirstNet – 10-15-2013

 

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