Broadband Symposium Spring 2009: Deployment, Adoption and the Stimulus




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Making Broadband Affordable for All Americans

Broadband Adoption in the U.S.: Trends, Patterns, Barriers
John B. Horrigan, PhD
Pew Internet and American Life Project

Bringing Broadband To Unserved Areas

Content is Key
Michael D. Gallagher
Entertainment Software Association



The Economic Development Impact of Municipal Broadband
Craig Settles
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Measuring the Effectiveness of the Broadband Stimulus Plan
Scott Wallsten
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Event Description and Bios

Wednesday, June 17, 2009
Newseum, Washington, DC

The symposium will be a half-day conference examining broadband demand, bringing broadband to unserved and underserved communities, content as a driver of broadband adoption, and the stimulus dollars set aside for broadband deployment. Keynote address by West Virginia Governor Joe Manchin III.


Governor Joe Manchin III, State of West Virginia

Sylvia Aguilera, Director, Hispanic Technology and Telecommunications Partnership
Becky Collins, Small Business Owner
Mike Gallagher, President and CEO, Entertainment Software Association
Debbie Goldman, Telecommunications Policy Director and Research Economist, CWA
John Horrigan, Associate Director, Research, Pew Internet and American Life Project
Howie Hodges, SVP of Government Affairs, One Economy Corporation
Ron Packard, Chief Executive Officer, K12 Inc.
Craig Settles, Industry Analyst, President of
Carl W. Taylor, Director, Center for Strategic Health Innovation, University of South Alabama College of Medicine
Scott Wallsten, Vice President for Research & Senior Fellow, Technology Policy Institute

Speaker Bios

Governor Joe Manchin III

Joe Manchin, West Virginia’s 34th governor, was born and raised in the small coal mining town of Farmington, W.Va., where he learned at a young age the value of commitment.

He inherited a head for business from his grandfather, who was an Italian immigrant and the town grocer. His grandmother was a virtual one-woman social services agency, who helped him discover his heart for people.

After attending West Virginia University on a football scholarship, he became a successful businessman.  He was a state legislator from 1982–1996, where he earned a reputation for standing up for West Virginians.

As secretary of state from 2000–2004, the office became known for excellent customer service. Its SHARES program promoted democracy to schoolchildren and registered 42,000 high school students to vote. Subsequently, the 2004 general election had the highest number of West Virginians voting since 1972.

Gov. Manchin has never forgotten his family’s commitment to their local community. He also was president of the Marion County Rescue Squad from 2000 to 2004.

As governor, Joe Manchin has improved our state’s economic climate, while reducing West Virginia’s long-term debt and lowering taxes for citizens and businesses. He is committed to making health care affordable and accessible, creating a seamless education system for our children, ensuring prescription drug assistance for our seniors and providing more support for our veterans.

Under his leadership, more than 23,000 new jobs have been created with more than $8.4 billion in private business investments. West Virginia also led the nation in economic growth from May to August 2008. Working with the Legislature, he fixed the state’s workers’ compensation system, established the first comprehensive teacher pay package in more than 15 years, dramatically decreased the state’s debt, slowed the growth of state government payroll, strengthened ethics laws and cut the food tax in half.

Gov. Manchin has proposed and approved millions of dollars in tax relief for West Virginia’s citizens and businesses. He is known throughout the state as a team builder who encourages cooperation and values all input, and he has quickly become a leader on the national scene. He currently serves as president of the Council of State Governments, chairman-elect of the Southern States Energy Board, and a member of the National Governors Association’s Executive Committee. He is the immediate past chairman of the Democratic Governors Association and the Southern Governors’ Association, as well as past state co-chair of the Appalachian Regional Commission.

Gov. Manchin is an avid pilot, outdoorsman, hunter, angler and motorcyclist. He has been married for 41 years to the former Gayle Conelly of Beckley. They have three children: Heather, Joseph IV and Brooke, and are the proud grandparents of Joseph V, Sophie, Kelsey, Madeline, Chloe and Jack.
Manchin was re-elected to a second four-year term in November 2008. 

Sylvia Aguilera

Sylvia Aguilera is Director of the Hispanic Technology and Telecommunications Partnership, a coalition that she helped create in 1996 to ensure that the needs and perspectives of the Hispanic community were included in policy debates regarding the Digital Divide. HTTP’s members are 20 leading Hispanic advocacy and service organizations that support the social, political, and economic advancement of the 44 million Hispanics in the U.S. Their programs facilitate access to health care, quality education, jobs and economic opportunity.  In the past 12 years, HTTP has emerged as the pre-eminent Hispanic voice on telecommunications and technology policy issues. Policymakers have come to rely on HTTP’s guidance to provide insight into how telecommunications policy impacts the Hispanic community.  Ms. Aguilera is an experienced association executive with expertise in public policy and multicultural communications. She was a Woodrow Wilson Fellow at the University of Chicago, where she earned a Masters degree in Public Policy.

Mike Gallagher

Mike Gallagher has a deep background in technology policy. Mr. Gallagher was the Department of Commerce’s Assistant Secretary for Communications & Information, serving as chief telecommunications and Internet policy advisor to the George W. Bush Administration. During his over four-year tenure at the Department of Commerce, he led successful efforts to pave the way for a number of new technologies and services, such as ultrawideband, broadband over powerlines, advanced wireless services, and millimeter wavelength networks. In addition, Mr. Gallagher developed and successfully advocated the U.S. Government’s policies on international Internet governance.

Mr. Gallagher was most recently Communications Practice chair at Perkins Coie, a leading international law firm offering a broad spectrum of legal services. Mr. Gallagher holds degrees in Economics and Political Science from the University of California, Berkeley and a Juris Doctor from the University of California, Los Angeles.

Professional Recognition

  • Inaugural recipient of “Spirit of Innovation” award by Telecommunications Industry Association, March 2005
  • Recipient of “Leadership in Government” award by Wireless Communications Association, January 2006
  • Recipient of “Redfield Award” for distinguished leadership in government service by Secretary of Commerce Carlos Gutierrez, January 2006

Professional Leadership

  • Chair, Board of Advisors for Shared Spectrum Company, Shared Spectrum
  • Member, Advisory Committee to Secretary General of the United Nations for the Internet Governance Forum
  • Member, US State Department Advisory Committee on Information and Communication Policy
  • Co-author, “21st Century Communications Systems for First Responders: The Right Call” with Larry Irving (NTIA Administrator under President Bill Clinton)
  • Adjunct Fellow, Progress & Freedom Foundation

Previous Positions

  • Perkins Coie, Communications Practice Chair, February 2006-May 2007
  • U.S. Department of Commerce, Washington, D.C., Assistant Secretary of Commerce for Communication & Information, Director National Telecommunications & Information Administration, August 2003-February 2006
  • U.S. Department of Commerce, Washington, D.C., Deputy Chief of Staff for Policy & Counselor to Secretary Donald L. Evans, May 2003-November 2003
  • U.S. Department of Commerce, Washington, D.C., Deputy Assistant Secretary of Commerce for Communications & Information, Deputy Director National Telecommunications & Information Administration, 2001-May 2003
  • Verizon Wireless Bellevue, Wa., Staff Vice-President State Public Policy, 2000-2001
  • CIA Intelligence Fellow, August 2003
Debbie Goldman

Debbie Goldman is Telecommunications Policy Director at the Communications Workers of America where she is responsible for regulatory affairs and telecommunications policy. She currently coordinates the union’s Speed Matters campaign promoting affordable high-speed Internet for America.  The Communications Workers of America is the union for the Information Age, representing 700,000 workers in communications, media, airlines, manufacturing, and public service.  Ms. Goldman has advocated before the Federal Communications Commission, the U.S. Department of Justice, state regulatory commissions, and the U.S. Congress on a broad range of telecom policy issues, including broadband policy, media ownership, universal service, and mergers and acquisitions.  Ms. Goldman served as President of the Alliance for Public Technology, a coalition of individuals and organizations supporting universal affordable access to broadband technology.  Ms. Goldman holds Masters degrees in History (University of Maryland), Public Policy (University of Maryland) and Education (Stanford University).  She earned her B.A. Magna Cum Laude from Radcliffe College (Harvard University) in 1973, majoring in History.

Howie Hodges

Howie Hodges serves as Senior Vice President of Business Development and Government Affairs at One Economy Corporation. He works to steward relationships with existing funders, develop new partnerships, and engage municipal and federal government in One Economy’s Bring IT Home America campaign.  Howie has a wealth of experience in business development, community and economic development lending, financial consulting, and governmental policy issues.  Prior to joining One Economy, Howie founded and ran a very successful consulting firm and served as a senior political appointee in the U. S. Commerce Department during the Clinton Administration before going on to Bank of America, where he was a Senior Vice President. Howie serves on the board of Zions Community Investment Corporation, a specialized lender that invests and makes loans to businesses in economically disadvantaged communities.  Howie has a JD from University of Pittsburgh and a BA from Morehouse College.

John Horrigan

At the Pew Internet & American Life Project, John B. Horrigan studies the online behavior of broadband internet users, mobile internet users, and consumers of other leading edge information technology. He also leads Pew’s research on the internet’s impact on news gathering habits and consumer decisions. Horrigan is also Chairman of the Board of the Telecommunications Policy Research Conference. Prior to joining the Pew Internet Project, Horrigan was a staff officer for the Board on Science, Technology, and Economic Policy at the National Research Council. He has also served as press secretary to U.S. Congressman Jake Pickle.  Horrigan received his Ph.D. in public policy from the University of Texas at Austin and his B.A. in government and economics from the University of Virginia.

Ron Packard

Ron Packard, chief executive officer and founder of K12, was previously a vice president of Knowledge Universe, and CEO of Knowledge Schools, which provides high-quality childhood education in community and employer-sponsored centers, and invests in, incubates, and operates several charter school companies. Previously, Mr. Packard worked for McKinsey & Company as well as for Goldman Sachs in mergers and acquisitions. Mr. Packard holds a B.A. in economics and mechanical engineering (with honors) from the University of California at Berkeley. As a Hughes scholar, he spent his undergraduate summers writing an image-processing language. He holds an M.B.A. (with honors) from the University of Chicago and he is a chartered financial analyst. Mr. Packard currently serves on the Department of Defense Educational Advisory Committee.

Craig Settles

For over 20 years Craig Settles’ workshops, consulting services and books help government and other organizations worldwide understand how to use technology to cut costs, increase revenue and improve business operations. He currently is helping public and private sector organizations pursue broadband grants. His book, Fighting the Good Fight for Municipal Wireless, together with many in-depth analysis reports, established Mr. Settles as a prominent thought leader on appropriate business strategies for municipal broadband network deployments. His company,, has consulted with various communities in the U.S., and Mr. Settles is a frequent speaker internationally on the subject.

Carl W. Taylor

Carl is the Assistant Dean of the University of South Alabama College of Medicine and Director of the Center for Strategic Health Innovation (CSHI).

A knowledge leader in the emerging field of interventional informatics, Carl’s program has twice been selected to receive prestigious national health care innovation awards. Under his direction CSHI has created RMEDE, a virtual healthcare link for nearly 2,000,000 patients by blending e-health, telehealth, informatics and simulation/modeling technologies. This effort has drawn strong interest from providers, payors, insurers and reinsurors around the country. 

Beyond e-health he is also a leader in disaster preparedness and response.  Carl has been the Principal Investigator on over dozen contracts and grants for disaster preparedness including the operation of the Advanced Regional Response Training Center in Mobile, Al. Under his direction, CSHI develops and deploys a broad suite of disaster preparedness and response tools including, e-VAST an online hazard and vulnerability software tool, a virtual medical record and an evolving pandemic infectious disease decision support simulation model.

Carl also led the development for the Advanced Incident Management System (AIMS) which is the situational awareness software for the Alabama Department of Public Health.  During Katrina, CSHI and AIMS provided 24×7 support for public health in managing information from over 80 hospitals and 7 medical needs shelters located throughout the state. Under Carl’s leadership AIMS has grown from 7 users during Hurricane Ivan to over 1000 users today both within the Continental United States and the Virgin Islands. AIMS has been translated into Spanish and German and was recently voted “the best” disaster support software tool at the Strong Angel Exercise in San Diego. In addition to working real disasters such as Hurricanes Ivan, Arlene, Cindy, Dennis, Katrina and Rita and the Enterprise Alabama tornado, he has designed or participated in a series of disaster preparedness projects including- The Strong Angel III exercise in San Diego, the Montana Last Chance Bravo Drill in Billings and the ATA Med-Red Disaster exercise in Tampa.

He serves on a number of industry and academic advisory boards, including his gubernatorial appointment to the HHS/ONCHIT Gulf Coast Health IT Task Force where he also served as Co-Chair of the Clinical Adoption Work Group, the advisory group, and the Alabama Hospital Preparedness Advisory Board. He has been commended in the Congressional Record and by the Governor of Louisiana for his role in developing technology for assisting in disaster response.  He is a frequent national speaker on both the future of technology driven healthcare and disaster response and has provided testimony to the United States Senate, House of Representatives and varying agencies on both the future of healthcare and disaster response.

Carl has published several peer reviewed articles on the role of technology in managing surge capacity in disasters and is the author of a chapter on disaster response in the newly released three volume work entitled The Business of Healthcare.

He holds an undergraduate degree from Marshall University and a Juris Doctor from the University of Miami. He is also an associate member of the Society of Actuaries.

Scott Wallsten

Scott Wallsten is an economist with expertise in industrial organization and public policy. His research focuses on telecommunications, regulation, competition, and technology policy. His research has been published in numerous academic journals and his commentaries have appeared in newspapers and newsmagazines around the world. He holds a PhD in economics from Stanford University.

He is vice president for research and a senior fellow at the Technology Policy Institute, a senior fellow at the Georgetown Center for Business and Public Policy, a lecturer in Public Policy at Stanford University, and a special consultant for Economists Incorporated. He has been director of communications policy studies and senior fellow at the Progress & Freedom Foundation, a senior fellow at the AEI – Brookings Joint Center for Regulatory Studies and a resident scholar at the American Enterprise Institute, an economist at The World Bank, a scholar at the Stanford Institute for Economic Policy Research, and a staff economist at the U.S. President’s Council of Economic Advisers.