Workshop: Global Broadband Connects America and the World: Infrastructure, Services and Applications

11:30 am – 2:00 pm EST
Washington, DC

This workshop will focus on how broadband (in the United States and elsewhere) and universal connectivity can bring the benefits of a global, mobile, digital world to people and entities everywhere. (By contrast, the August 18, 2009 “International Lessons Workshop” focused primarily on broadband in other countries.) The purposes of the December 10 “Global Broadband” Workshop are to:

  • Show how global broadband and universal connectivity enable people and entities in the United States to communicate globally and to send and receive information worldwide; and conversely, how broadband enables people and entities abroad to do likewise; and
  • Encourage wider deployment of broadband in the U.S. and globally by showcasing its consumer benefits and applications in areas such as telemedicine, defense, distance learning, disaster recovery and personal communications


The following are some of the preliminary topics that will be covered at this workshop. If you would like to discuss any other topics, please send us your suggestions.
Panel I
  • What broadband networks exist (satellite, undersea cable, etc.) to support and benefit U.S. consumers in the global marketplace?
  • Where are these networks and what are their architectures?
  • What expansion of these networks in envisioned and what are the challenges to maintenance or growth and expansion of these networks domestically and in international jurisdictions?
Panel II
  • What applications/services are being provided over these global networks?
  • How do these applications/services benefit U.S. consumers and the economy, society, etc.?
  • What role do the commercial broadband services and applications available in the U.S. play with regard to users globally?
  • What role do the commercial broadband services and applications available in other countries play with regard to users in the United States?
  • What are the existing gaps in connectivity now that need to be filled and what are the expected needs and applications going forward?


9:30 - 9:40 am Introduction of Workshop
Mindel De La Torre, Chief, International Bureau
Anurag Lal, National Broadband Taskforce
9:40 - 10:50 am
Panel 1: Providers and Services
  • Diane Cornell, Vice President, Government Affairs, Inmarsat
  • Steve Corda, Vice President, Market Development, SES World Skies
  • Jacquelynn Ruff, Vice President, International Public Policy & Regulatory Affairs, Verizon
  • Nils Rix, Vice President, Strategy & Marketing, Ericsson
  • Valerie D’Costa, infoDev Director, World Bank
10:50 - 11:00 am
11:00 am - Noon
Panel 2: Users and Applications
  • David M. Mihelcic, Chief Technology Officer, Defense Information Systems Agency, Department of Defense
  • Paul Margie, Partner, Wiltshire & Grannis LLP
  • Dr. Theo Stone, Director of Academic Technology, University of Maryland University College
  • Dr. Joel Selanikio, Director, DataDyne

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