US Ignite Broadband Initiative to be Examined in Live Webcast

As a part of its recent push to encourage high-speed broadband deployment nationwide, the White House recently announced the creation of the public-private “U.S. Ignite” initiative aimed at providing next-generation broadband networks to support education, manufacturing, health, transportation, public safety, and clean energy systems. Consisting of nearly 100 corporations, municipalities, and non-profit organizations, the initiative hopes to interconnect communities with advanced fiber networks in order to facilitate sharing of knowledge, skill, and applications in critical public service areas.

An in-depth review of the US Ignite initiative and the opportunities it presents for communities, broadband providers, application developers, and other stakeholders will be provided in a live webcast carried on Broadband US TV on Wednesday, July 25, 2012, from 1:00-3:00 p.m. (EST). Co-hosts Marty Stern of K&L Gates and Jim Baller of the Baller Herbst Law Group will be joined by an expert panel featuring Sue Spradley, Executive Director of US Ignite; William Wallace, Project Director of US Ignite; Link Hoewing, Vice President of Internet and Technology Policy at Verizon; Suzi Iacono, Senior Science Advisor at the Directorate for Computer and Information Science and Engineering of the National Science Foundation; Will Barkis, Gigabit Developer Evangelist at the Mozilla Foundation; Scot Rourke, CEO of OneCommunity; Tegene Baharu, Deputy Chief Technology Officer for the District of Columbia; and Jim Ingraham, Vice President of Strategic Planning for Chattanooga EPB.

The panel will engage in a lively discussion of the goals of the US Ignite initiative, potential challenges, and opportunities for cities, broadband providers, application developers, and others.

You can register for the webcast here (free registration required).

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