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WCB Announces Workshop on Gigabit Community Broadband Networks

March 27, 2013, 9:00 AM - 3:35 PM EDT
445 12 th Street, SW, Commission Meeting Room (TW-C305), Washington, DC 20554

On January 18, 2013, FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski issued the Gigabit City Challenge, challenging broadband Internet providers and local and state governments to bring at least one gigabit-speed Internet community to all 50 states by 2015. Communities and providers across the nation are deploying gigabit broadband networks and leveraging these new capabilities to drive innovation, grow their economy, and benefit schools, health care systems, and anchor institutions.

To help communities achieve this goal, Chairman Genachowski announced that the Commission would host workshops designed to analyze successful gigabit network deployments, and to provide information on how industry, local, and state leaders can meet the goals of the Gigabit City Challenge.

On March 27, 2013, the Wireline Competition Bureau hosted the first of these workshops. The goal of this workshop was to explore how current gigabit communities deployed their networks, the economic and social benefits that accrue to gigabit communities, ways communities can aggregate demand in order to make a gigabit network deployment more economically appealing, and how communities can leverage their assets to incent an ultra-fast network. The workshop was free and open to the public and was held in the Commission Meeting Room at FCC Headquarters, located at 445 12th Street, SW, Room TW-C305, Washington, DC 20554.

Related Information

Panel 1: What Communities Can Do with a Gigabit

Chairman's Remarks & Panel 1 Video  expand and contract
  • Jonathan Sallet
    Senior Adjunct Fellow, Silicon Flatirons Center for Law, Technology, and Entrepreneurship, University of Colorado Law School

  • Panelists
  • Dr. Kecia Ray
    At-Large Representative, International Society for Technology in Education
  • David Sandel
    President, Sandel & Associates
  • David Wade
    Executive Vice President and COO, EPB
  • William Wallace
    Executive Director, US Ignite

Panel 2: Becoming a Gigabit Community

Panel 2 Video  expand and contract
  • Dale Hatfield
    Senior Fellow, Silicon Flatirons Center for Law, Technology, and Entrepreneurship, University of Colorado Law School

  • Panelists
  • Jim Baller
    President, Baller Herbst Law Group
  • Gary Evans
    Senior Consultant, Hiawatha Broadband Communications
  • Marc Hoit
    Vice Chancellor for Information Technology, North Carolina State University
  • Tony Perez
    Director, Seattle Office of Cable Communications

Live Demonstration of Gigabit Applications

Demonstration Video  expand and contract

Panel 3: Innovation in Demand Aggregation

Panel 3 Video  expand and contract
  • Blair Levin
    Communications & Society Fellow, Aspen Institute Communications and Society Program

  • Panelists
  • Mark Ansboury
    President and Co-Founder, Gigabit Squared
  • Aaron Deacon
    Managing Director, KC Digital Drive
  • Kevin Leddy
    Executive Vice President, Corporate Strategy, Time Warner Cable
  • David Young
    Executive Director, Public Policy Development, Verizon

Panel 4: Leveraging Local Tools

Panel 4 Video  expand and contract
  • Steven Wildman
    Chief Economist, FCC

  • Panelists
  • Heather Gold
    President, Fiber-to-the-Home Council Americas
  • Milo Medin
    Vice President of Access Services, Google
  • Christopher Mitchell
    Director, Telecommunications as Commons Initiative, Institute for Local Self-Reliance
  • Rick Usher
    Assistant City Manager, City of Kansas City, Missouri



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