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Tuesday, January 28 • 1:15pm - 2:15pm
Debating Broadband Speeds in America: What Do the Numbers Say and Why Do They Matter? LIMITED

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The relative standing of high-speed communications networks in the United States is a subject of periodic debate. Various organizations rank countries' network speeds, and some find America's standing wanting. The debate typically unfolds from this point with some disputing the metrics used to develop rankings, others saying international comparisons really are not "apples to apples" across countries, while others say America's ranking is call for alarm and policy intervention. This panel will examine what the speed numbers what they mean and how, if at all, policymakers should respond to them. The panel will also explore what other metrics policymakers and consumers need to inform their decisions. If a transparent broadband marketplace is to help in the development of a sensible policy framework, what needs to be done so that information about networks and service attributes are clear and meaningful to all stakeholders?

Moderators
avatar for John B. Horrigan

John B. Horrigan

Communications and Technology Policy Consultant, John B. Horrigan, Ph.D
John Horrigan is an independent communications and technology policy consultant. Horrigan’s work focuses on consumers’ use of information and communications technologies and drivers of broadband adoption and usage.  | | Horrigan has served as Vice President at the Joint Center for Political & Economic Studies where he authored a report on how minority communities used mobile and broadband connections in job search... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Robert Atkinson

Robert Atkinson

President, Information Technology and Innovation Foundation
Robert Atkinson is the founder and president of the Information Technology and Innovation Foundation, a Washington, DC-based policy think tank. He is also author of Innovation Economics: The Race for Global Advantage (Yale, 2012), the book, The Past And Future Of America’s Economy: Long Waves Of Innovation That Power Cycles Of Growth (Edward Elgar, 2005), and the State New Economy Index series. He has an... Read More →
avatar for Sascha Meinrath

Sascha Meinrath

VP & Director, Open Technology Institute, New America Foundation
Sascha Meinrath is vice president of the New America Foundation and director of the Open Technology Institute (OTI), where he leads efforts to advance policy and regulatory reforms that protect an open and free Internet, safe communications, and promote competition in mobile and wireline telecommunications. An unapologetic advocate for consumers and a counterweight to the major telecom and wireless industry lobbyists in Washington, Sascha was... Read More →


Tuesday January 28, 2014 1:15pm - 2:15pm
Newseum Room 807 555 Pennsylvania Avenue Northwest Washington, D.C. 20001

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