Broadband Breakfast on March 13, 2024 – Quantum Computing and Broadband

Quantum computing could be a harbinger of change for future broadband networks

Broadband Breakfast on March 13, 2024 – Quantum Computing and Broadband

The application of quantum physics to traditional internet connections holds great promise for enhancing speed, efficiency, and security in future networks. As quantum processors venture out of physics labs and into data centers, hear how they could work in tandem with advancing broadband infrastructure to transmit vast datasets across future internet backbones. Tune in for a dynamic discussion on how quantum mechanics can transform computing, the internet and global communications.

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Quantum computing represents a fundamental shift from classical computing, which relies on solving problems through rapid trial and error.


  • Ryan Lafler, President and CTO, Quantum Corridor
  • Gary Bolton, President and CEO, Fiber Broadband Association
  • Vaibhav Garg, Executive Director, Cybersecurity & Privacy Research and Public Policy Research, Comcast Cable
  • Drew Clark (moderator), Editor and Publisher, Broadband Breakfast

Panelist resources:

Artificial Intelligence-Enhancing Quantum Computing Coming in Near Future, Expert Says
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Quantum technology is not merely a stepwise improvement on current technologies, but a seismic leap, said Qubitekk’s Duncan Earl.
The internet got better and faster by moving data closer to users
Now the same must happen with computing power

Responsible for day-to-day pathway and asset management, Ryan Lafler oversees projects with the Departments of Defense, Justice and Homeland Security. Ryan has more than 20 years of experience constructing data and voice networks at scale and supplying critical bandwidth to over 30 global telecom providers.

Gary Bolton serves as president and CEO of the Fiber Broadband Association — the largest trade association in the Americas dedicated to all-fiber-optic broadband. With more than three decades in the telecom industry, Bolton joined the Fiber Broadband Association as president and CEO in 2020 after serving on the association’s board as vice chairman, treasurer and vice chairs of public policy and marketing committees. Prior to taking the leadership role at the Fiber Broadband Association, Gary spent 11 years at ADTRAN serving as vice president of global marketing and government affairs. Gary has been highly involved in Washington, particularly on FCC and Congressional proceedings and international trade issues.

Vaibhav Garg is the Executive Director of Cybersecurity & Privacy Research and Public Policy Research at Comcast Cable. He has a PhD in Security Informatics from Indiana University and a M.S. in Information Security from Purdue University. He previously served as the Editor in Chief of ACM Computers & Society, where he received the ACM SIGCAS Outstanding Service Award.

Breakfast Media LLC CEO Drew Clark has led the Broadband Breakfast community since 2008. An early proponent of better broadband, better lives, he initially founded the Broadband Census crowdsourcing campaign for broadband data. As Editor and Publisher, Clark presides over the leading media company advocating for higher-capacity internet everywhere through topical, timely and intelligent coverage. Clark also served as head of the Partnership for a Connected Illinois, a state broadband initiative.

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