Columbia Institute for Tele-Information
Annual Conference on the State of Telecom
Building the Next Generation of Media: Online
Platforms and Cloud Content
Monday, October 19th 2015
Columbia University Campus
64 Morningside Drive
(West 116th Street)
New York, NY 10027
Register at http://citisot2015.eventbrite.com
8:30-9:00am Registration and Breakfast
9:00-9:15am Welcome, Introduction of Topic, and Report on CITI’s
Project on Cloud-TV
Eli Noam, Professor, Columbia Business School and Director, Columbia Institute for Tele-Information
9:15-10:30am Session 1 – Future Content
Distinguished experts from industry and academia will address several questions: As technology and delivery methods evolve, in what ways will they generate interactivity, immersion, individualization, and virtual reality participation? What new types of content are emerging? What will be the roles of sports and of UGC?
Terry Denson, VP- Content Strategy & Acquisition, Verizon Communication
Coleman Breland, President, Turner Network Sales
John Pavlik, Professor, School of Communications and Information, Rutgers University
Evangeline Morphos, Professor, School of the Arts-Film, Columbia University
Moderator: Darcy Gerbarg, Columbia Institute for Tele-Information
10:30-10:45am Coffee Break
10:45-12:00pm Session 2 – Infrastructure and Technology
Noted innovators and implementers in technology and technology policy will discuss technology topics, including: What are the technology building blocks for Cloud-TV? What are the infrastructure needs? Are technologies like 4K likely to be successful?
Milo Medin, VP of Access Services, Google
Greg Harper, President, Harpervision
Robert Pepper, VP-Global Technology Policy, Cisco
Andrew McLaughlin, Partner, betaworks
Moderator: Robert Atkinson, Columbia Institute for Tele-Information
1:00-02:15pm Session 3 – Policy and Regulation
A panel of distinguished current and former policy makers and analysts will discuss the following issues: What legacy rules will survive or vanish, and which new rules will likely emerge? What might be the rules on interoperability, privacy, consumer protection? Is there a role for supranational harmonization and what should be its limits? In a world with different laws on content, how will providers of new types of content comply? How does ‘net neutrality’ affect cloud providers? What are the copyright and licensing issues associated with global online video? What is the role of public service broadcasters in an online video world?
Matthias Kurth, Executive Chairman, Cable Europe
Christopher Yoo, Professor, and Director of the Center for Technology, Innovation, and Competition, University of Pennsylvania
Alison Neplokh, Deputy Chief Technologist, Federal Communications Commission
Moderator: Heather Hudson, University of Alaska Anchorage
2:15-2:30pm Coffee Break
2:30-3:45pm Session 4 – Concentration and Industry Structure in Video and Platform Industries: a Problem?
A global panel of renowned professors will discuss market concentration and competition in the OTT and online network platform industries around the world, as well as the business drivers, the consumer interests, and policy issues. What are the impacts on vertical integration? On globalization? What are constraints on innovation and investment?
Daeho Kim, Professor of Media and IT, Inha University, Korea
Raul Katz Columbia Institute for Tele-Information
Moderator:Ben Compaine Columbia Institute for Tele-Information
3:45-5:00 pm Session 5 – Business Models and Industry
Leading financial and corporate analysts and investors will discuss the business dimensions of the emerging media and telecom environment. What are the investment and cost issues for next-generation video content and infrastructure platforms? For consumer prices and market penetration? Will the current flat-rate and bundled model continue to be dominant? What are the licensing, and monetization issues of multi-platform distribution video? What are the factors that explain the high market shares of leading firms? What is the business potential for peer-to-peer and user-generated for-profit video? Who are the likely big players?
Brent Olson, VP – Public Policy, AT&T
Tuna Amobi, Senior Media & Entertainment Analyst, Standard & Poor’s
Craig Moffett, Principal, MoffettNathanson
Harold Vogel, Principal, Vogel Capital Management
Gordon Goldstein, Managing Director – Head of External Affairs, Silver Lake
Moderator:Judith O’Neil, Columbia Institute for Tele-Information
5:00pm Conclusions and Reception
Sourced through Scoop.it from: www.citicolumbia.org
CITI Conference HAPPENING NOW on "Building the Next Generation of Media"
Digital Inclusion Leaders a Critical Step to Closing Digital Divide: National League of Cities
The National League of Cities said government leaders need to have ‘multiple points of engagement’ with communities.
WASHINGTON, January 20, 2022 – To understand the digital divide, cities need to include digital equity leaders in their broadband needs assessment programs, the National League of Cities said at an event on community connectivity challenges Wednesday.
A broadband needs assessment would allow city leaders to explore the extent of the digital divide in their communities, said Lena Geraghty, the National League of Cities’ director of urban innovation.
“[A needs assessment] enable city leaders to dig into who’s being excluded, what’s currently available in your city, and what solutions city leaders can use” to close the digital divide, she said.
“The community is going to know best about where access exists, where gaps exist, and the needs that will make connectivity better,” Geraghty said. To get the best picture of a community’s need, stakeholders must find and include the community’s digital equity leaders in the data-gathering process, she added.
“These could be people that are knowledgeable about digital equity or people that are experiencing the digital divide,” she said. “Think really broadly about what it means to be a leader and the type of information these folks can bring to bear in solving the digital divide in your communities.”
Geraghty said it may be useful to formalize the leaders’ work by creating a broadband working group or ad hoc committee led by the city’s government. “Giving some roles and responsibilities can help everyone move in the same in direction, there’s agreement, and really clear goals and outcomes.”
Geraghty added that it’s important for government leaders to establish multiple points of engagement for the community. “It’s not enough to gather data or information from people once,” she said. “The state of access to the internet and devices is always changing,” so leaders should create multiple touch points for community input.
The National League of Cities released its Digital Equity Playbook for cities in December, walking readers through how they can promote digital equity in their cities. The playbook has a four-step process on how to get started with digital equity.
By walking readers through the process of connecting with the community, evaluating the connectivity landscape, gathering foundational information and reporting on findings, city leaders will be prepared to target broadband funding to unserved and underserved areas in their communities.
FCC Commissioner Starks Says Commission Looking into Impact of Broadband, 5G on Environment
Starks sat down to discuss the promise of smart grid technology for the environment.
WASHINGTON, January 19, 2022 – Former and current leaders within the Federal Communications Commission agreed Thursday that it is important to make sure the FCC’s broadband efforts support the nation’s goals for the environment.
On Thursday, during a Cooley law firm fireside chat event, Robert McDowell, a former FCC director, and current FCC Commissioner Geoffrey Starks discussed how broadband expansion and next-generation 5G mobile networks will affect the environment.
Starks said that the commission is currently focusing on answering that exact question and are evaluating the current attempts to protect the environment, as more money is expected from the federal government and as broadband infrastructure expands. That includes putting more fiber into the ground and erecting more cell towers, but also allowing for a broadband-enabled smart grid system that will make automated decisions on energy allocation.
Smart grid systems, for example, provide real-time monitoring of the energy used in the electrical system. These systems can help to reduce consumption and carbon emissions, Starks said, by rerouting excess power and addressing power outages instantaneously in the most efficient and environmentally friendly manner. The smart grid systems will monitor “broadband systems in the 900 MHz band,” said Starks.
Starks also noted the Senate’s “Strengthening Mobility and Revolutionizing Transportation” initiative, which would set apart $500 million for cities across America so they can begin working on ways to lower carbon emissions.
FCC also focused on digital discrimination
Starks said the commission is also focusing on “making sure that there is no digital discrimination on income level, race, ethnicity, religion, national origin,” and that it all comes down to funding and who needs the money.
He stated that the first step is to finalize the maps and data that have been collected so funding can be targeted to the areas and people that need it the most. Many have remarked that the $65 billion allocated to broadband from the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act will not be divvied out until adequate maps are put in place.
Starks noted that broadband subsidy program Lifeline, although fundamental to some people’s lives, is significantly underutilized. Starks stated that participation rates hover around 20 percent, which led the FCC to explore other options while attempting to make Lifeline more effective. For example, the Emergency Broadband Benefit Program – which provides monthly broadband subsidies – has been replaced by the Affordable Connectivity Program, a long-term and revised edition of the pandemic-era program.
Starks and McDowell also stated their support for the confirmation by the Senate of Alan Davidson as the permanent head of the National Telecommunications and Information Administration and expressed that Davidson will be a key player in these efforts.
CES 2022: Public-Private Partnerships Key to Building Smart Cities, Tech leaders Say
Public-private partnerships will increase the community benefit of infrastructure projects, leaders at Qualcomm and Verizon said.
LAS VEGAS, January 12, 2022––Telecommunications industry leaders said Friday at the Consumer Electronics Show that public-private partnerships will pave the way to realizing the future of smart cities.
Raymond Bauer, director of the domain specialist group that connects governments to Verizon’s telecommunications services, said the government needs private partners to improve its infrastructure efforts.
Referencing the recent passage of the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act, Bauer said governments should look forward to partnering with private technology companies to improve upcoming infrastructure projects.
“There’s a once in a lifetime opportunity from IIJA,” Bauer said. “We should find common ways to work in a way we haven’t in the past. There are certain goals and use cases to leverage the infrastructure we have,” he said.
The $1.2 trillion bipartisan legislation funds physical and digital infrastructure projects, including $65 billion for the expansion of broadband across the country.
Bauer said communities have a chance to monetize the services Verizon offers to communities if Verizon builds infrastructure for broadband access in underserved areas. “By bridging the digital divide, underserved communities get the services they need,” he added.
Ashok Tipirneni, head of smart cities and connected spaces at Qualcomm, said that cities should be thinking about how technology can improve much-needed infrastructure projects.
“Cities are growing faster than available utility,” he said, citing global issues of housing, water, and equity for vulnerable populations. “How do we ensure access for all citizens? And how can cities be in lock step with new technology, whatever it is?” he asked.
Qualcomm’s Smart Cities Accelerator Program delivers internet of things ecosystem products and services to member cities and local governments.
“New Orleans, Miami, and Los Angeles has local governments asking how they can do better,” he said. “They offer opportunities for partnerships that wouldn’t have been the case a few years ago.”
- Christopher Mitchell: Brendan Carr is Wrong on the Treasury Department’s Broadband Rules
- FCC Chairwoman Rosenworcel Shares Proposal to Promote Broadband Competition In Apartment Buildings
- Biden’s Involvement in 5G, Residential 5 Gbps in Northwest, New Technology Advisory Council
- American Innovation and Choice Online Act Advances to Senate Floor With Bipartisan Alliance
- Biden On Lookout for Cyberattacks with Russia Massing on Border of Ukraine
- CES 2022: Next Generation of TVs Have Application for Remote Learning, Promoters Say
Signup for Broadband Breakfast
Broadband Roundup3 months ago
Cox’s Wireless Deal with Verizon Dies, Apple Appeals Epic Games Case, AT&T’s Fiber Investment
Broadband Roundup4 months ago
Facebook Pauses Instagram for Kids, $1.2B from Emergency Connectivity Fund, Ransomware Attacks
Broadband Roundup3 months ago
AT&T Hurricane Survey, FCC Announces $1.1B from Emergency Connectivity Fund, Comcast’s Utah Plans
Broadband Roundup3 months ago
Facebook Changes and Second Whistleblower, Comcast’s Spam Call Feature, AT&T Picks Ericsson for 5G
Broadband Roundup4 months ago
O’Rielly ‘Perplexed’ By Delay in Rosenworcel Decision, China Mobile Domesticating Contracts, AT&T Partners with Frontier
Expert Opinion4 months ago
Mike Harris: Investing in Open Access Fiber Optics is Investing in the Future
Spectrum3 months ago
More Experts Weigh In On Possibility 12 GHz Band Can Be Shared with 5G Services
Artificial Intelligence1 month ago
Henry Kissinger: AI Will Prompt Consideration of What it Means to Be Human