Register Now for ‘Will Broadband Succeed in Changing the DNA of Universities?’’s Program at The Cable Show 2012

WASHINGTON, Thursday, May 3rd, 2012 – The internet policy news and events service will hold a special event at The Cable Show 2012 in Boston, MA entitled “Will Broadband Succeed in Changing the DNA of Universities?” on Monday, May 21st, 2012 from 12:00 pm – 1:30 pm at the Bost

WASHINGTON, Thursday, May 3rd, 2012 – The internet policy news and events service will hold a special event at The Cable Show 2012 in Boston, MA entitled “Will Broadband Succeed in Changing the DNA of Universities?” on Monday, May 21st, 2012 from 12:00 pm – 1:30 pm at the Boston Convention and Exhibition Center, 415 Summer Street, Boston, Massachusetts 02210, Room 154E

Tickets are available at $75.00 each. A plated lunch is included. Lunch is served promptly at 12:00 pm.

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This special event is sponsored by The National Cable & Telecommunications Association (NCTA)

‘Will Broadband Succeed in Changing the DNA of Universities’ Event Description:

Universities, once regarded as essential and untouchable foundations for education in our democracy, are now beginning to feel the pressure toward disintermediation. Will the ivory tower go the direction of travel agencies, video stores and newspapers? Why are more universities putting their courses online? And what are the global impacts of broadband, “cloud computing” and distributed learning, on the traditions of university education, scholarship and research?


Cecilia D’Oliveira, Executive Director. MIT Open CourseWare

As Executive Director of OpenCourseWare (OCW) at MIT, Ms. d’Oliveira provides leadership for the institution’s highly acclaimed OCW program. She heads a staff of 25 professionals who work with MIT faculty to publish MIT’s educational materials for free and open access and with external groups to advance the adoption of the opencourseware approach worldwide.  As Technology Director for OpenCourseWare, from 2002 to 2007, she implemented the technical infrastructure supporting OCW publishing and worldwide distribution. Ms. d’Oliveira is a member of MIT’s Council on Educational Technology and works closely with MIT faculty and staff on issues related to educational technology innovation, implementation and support on the MIT campus. She has been a member of the MIT community for over 30 years, initially as a student and subsequently in professional roles, which have focused on the use of technology in support of MIT’s education, research, and administrative programs.  She has had the opportunity to be involved in the introduction of many high-impact innovations to the MIT campus including computer networking, email, the Web, e-commerce, and most recently, OpenCourseWare. Ms. d’Oliveira received a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science from MIT and a Master of Science in Management from MIT’s Sloan School of Management.

Jerry Grochow, Interim Vice President for Internet2 NET+ Services, Internet2

Jerry retired as MIT’s Vice President for Information Services and Technology in 2009 where he had been an active member of the research and education community, and now consults to members of the community on increasing the business value of information technology. He is also a Research Affiliate with the MIT Energy Initiative project on the future of the United States electric grid. Jerry was the Chief Technology Officer at FOLIOfn, Inc., a start-up providing innovative Internet-based financial services, and CTO and a vice president of consulting at American Management Systems, an international management and systems firm. Early in his career, Jerry was a member of the MIT team developing the Multics Time-Sharing System and MIT’s first use of the ARPANET.

Jay A. Halfond, Dean, Metropolitan College and Extended Education, Boston University

Jay A. Halfond is Dean of Metropolitan College and Extended Education at Boston University, where he has worked since 1997.  Previously, he served as Associate Dean of Northeastern University’s College of Business Administration and held various administrative positions at Harvard University.  He received his bachelor’s degree magna cum laude in History from Temple University in 1973, a master’s degree in Comparative History from Brandeis University in 1974, and his Ph.D. in Higher Education Administration from Boston College in 1981. Dean Halfond oversees a diverse and innovative college (, one of the largest at Boston University, which educates a wide array of students, primarily adults studying part-time.  Metropolitan College enrolls over four thousand undergraduate and graduate degree candidates and thousands of others for non-degree programs – on campus, on site at corporations and other locales, overseas, and online.  He oversees the University’s distance learning enterprise, MET International, and BU’s summer offerings, and has chaired the President’s Council for a Global University. Dean Halfond has published over one hundred articles, and contributed a monthly column, “On Ethics,” for the Boston Business Journal over a five year period.  He served as trustee of the Massachusetts School of Professional Psychology and as the Board chairman from 2003 to 2005.  In addition to over forty presentations at professional association meetings, Dean Halfond taught frequently at the undergraduate and graduate level on social and ethical aspects of management and conflict resolution and negotiations.  He served on the American Council on Education’s Commission for Lifelong Learning from 2005-08 and as a contributing editor of the Journal of Continuing Higher Education since 2005, and has written a monthly commentary for the New England Journal of Higher Education since June 2010.

Charles R. Severance, Clinical Associate Professor, School of Information, University of Michigan

Charles is currently a Clinical Associate Professor and teaches in the School of Information at the University of Michigan. Charles is a founding faculty member of the Informatics Concentration undergraduate degree program at the University of Michigan. Charles also works with the IMS Global Learning Consortium promoting and developing standards for teaching and learning technology. Previously he was the Executive Director of the Sakai Foundation and the Chief Architect of the Sakai Project. Charles is the author of the book, “Sakai Free as in Freedom” that describes the early days of the open source Sakai project. Charles is also the author of the book, “Using Google App Engine” from O’Reilly and Associates and the book “Python for Informatics: Exploring Information”. He also wrote the O’Reilly book titled, “High Performance Computing”. Charles has a background in standards including serving as the vice-chair for the IEEE Posix P1003 standards effort and edited the Standards Column in IEEE Computer Magazine from 1995-1999. Charles is active in television and radio as a hobby, he has co-hosted several television shows including “Nothin but Net” produced by MediaOne and a nationally televised program about the Internet called “Internet:TCI”. Charles appeared for over 10 years as an expert on Internet and Technology as a co-host of a live call-in radio program on the local Public Radio affiliate ( Charles has a B.S., M.S., and Ph.D. in Computer Science from Michigan State University.


The event will be moderated by Drew Clark, Founder and Publisher,, a news and events company building a community around broadband stimulus, the national broadband plan, and intellectual property.  Drew Clark has a long-standing reputation for fairness and depth in his reporting. He worked for the National Journal Group for eight years, ran the telecommunications and media ownership project of the Center for Public Integrity, and was Assistant Director of the Information Economy Project at George Mason University. He has written widely on the politics of telecom, media and technology for a variety of publications, including the Washington Post, GigaOm, Slate, and Ars Technica. Drew launched in January 2008 as a means of providing objective information about broadband speeds, prices, availability, reliability and competition

Background on is in its fourth year of hosting monthly breakfast forums in Washington on 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) from 8 am – 10 am at Clyde’s of Gallery Place.

Our elected official keynotes have included Representatives Zoe Lofgren (D-CA), John Conyers (D-MI), Diane Watson (D-CA), Joe Barton (R-TX) and Rick Boucher (D-VA).

Our agency and commission official keynotes have included Deputy Undersecretary for Agriculture Dallas Tonsager, Julius Genachowski, Chairman FCC; Jonathan Adelstein, RUS Administrator; FTC Commissioner, Julie Brill; Anna Gomez, Deputy Assistant Secretary NTIA; FCC Wireless Telecommunications Bureau Chief, Rick Kaplan; FCC Wireline Competition Bureau Chief, Sharon Gillette; Ari Schwartz, Senior Internet Policy Advisor to the Secretary of Commerce; Nick Sinai, Senior Innovation Advisor to the US Chief Technology Officer.

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 keynote speech is followed by a moderated panel discussion in which audience participation is encouraged.

The Broadband Breakfast Club schedule can be viewed at

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