FCC National Broadband Plan - Washington DC Workshop

On August 12, 2009 I spoke on a broadband panel at the FCC in Washington DC. It was quite an experience. In all of my years of public speaking I have never been given a 3 minute time limit for my introduction. There is a lot to say about dark fiber, carrier hotels, data centers, Ethernet, wavelengths, wireless broadband, voice peering, etc. Thankfully the FCC were gracious hosts and the panel went for 2 hours, so everyone got to make their points. 

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Some of the topics we covered included:

  • The state of wired broadband deployment today (last mile, middle mile, Internet backbone)
  • "Business case" factors that influence the pace of wired broadband deployment (costs, revenue opportunities, regulatory considerations)
  • How the plan should evaluate the adequacy of wired broadband deployment
  • Possibility of new wired broadband entrant
  • Future plans for wired deployment
  • Key performance metrics
  • Pole Attachments
  • Rights of Way 

The other panelists were true industry experts and I believe the attendees and FCC learned a few important things from the session.

Rob Curtis, FCC, Moderator  

David Armentrout, President and COO, West Virginia FiberNet

Dallas S. Clement, EVP, Chief Strategy and Product Officer, Cox Communications

Anthony J. (Tony) DiMaso, VP--Corporate Strategy and Development, Verizon Communications

Craig E. Moffett, VP and Senior Analyst, U.S. Telecommunications, Cable and Satellite, Sanford Bernstein

Hunter Newby, CEO, Allied Fiber

Marcus Weldon, CTO, Wireline Networks Product Division, Alcatel-Lucent

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