Conferences and Workshops

Is It Working? Evaluating and Assessing Broadband Policy

A by-invitation experts’ workshop

New America Foundation
September 19-20, 2012


Wednesday September 19
9:00-9:45 Breakfast
10:00-10:30 Welcome: Richard Taylor and Amit Schejter, IIP; Sascha Meinrath, New America Foundation


Part I: Broad strokes: Evaluating the impact of broadband policy
10:30-11:30 Session I: Global benchmarking 2012: Broadband policies, plans and progress – Martyn Roetter
Respondent: Rob Frieden, Penn State University

11:35-12:35 Session II: Mobile only users powered by fixed-mobile substitution – Julienne Liang, France Telecom
Respondent: Sascha Meinrath, New America Foundation

12:45 – 2:00 Lunch

2:00-3:15 Session III: Broadband deployment and employment: An analysis of county level data from the National Broadband Map – Krishna Jayakar, Penn State University and Eun-A Park, University of New Haven
Respondent: Helena Mitchell, Georgia Institute of Technology

Part II: The National Broadband Plan and the Broadband Technology Opportunities Program: A three-year benchmark

3:20-4:20 Session IV: Political influence and the effect on minorities of the allocation of Broadband Technology Opportunities Program funds – Janice A. Hauge, North Texas University and Mark A. Jamison, University of Florida
Respondent: Richard Taylor, Penn State University
4:20-4:40 Coffee break

4:40-5:40 Session V: The Human Infrastructure of Broadband Infrastructure: Assessing Capacities, Partnerships, and Outcomes – Steven J. Jackson, Cornell University, Gabriel Krieshok, University of Michigan and Andrew Gordon, University of Michigan

Respondent: Josh Breitbart, Open Technology Institute, New America Foundation

5:45-6:45 Session VI: Miles to Go…:  Examining Barriers to Broadband Adoption after the National Broadband Plan – Larry Landis, Indiana Utility Regulatory Commission and Charles M. Davidson, New York Law School
Respondent: Banani Nandi, AT&T Labs
7:30 Dinner

Thursday September 20
8:00-8:45                     Breakfast

Part III: Case studies

9:00-10:00 Session VII: Assessing the development of an evaluation framework for government investment in broadband networks: The case of the Eastern Ontario Regional Network – Catherine Middleton, Ryerson University
Respondent: Prabir Neogi, Industry Canada

10:00-10:15 Coffee break

10:15-11:15 Session VIII: Evaluating the Effect of Broadband Internet Availability on Rural Communities – Peter Stenberg, Economic Research Service
Respondent: Christopher Mitchell, Institute for Self Reliance

11:30-12:30 Session IX: Does a national broadband plan matter?  Examining Singapore’s 2 broadband initiatives – Don Rodney Ong Junio, Technology Research Project Corporate, Singapore
Respondent: Paul De Bijl, Netherlands Bureau for Economic Policy Analysis

12:30-2:00 Lunch

2:15-3:15 Session X: Tribal sovereignty or competition?  An indigenous law and economics analysis of the Federal Communications Commission’s policy to choose tribal governments and companies over private entities as providers of broadband in Indian Country – Kevin R. Kemper, University of Arizona
Respondent: Geoffrey Blackwell, FCC Office of Native Affairs and Policy (Invited)/Amit Schejter, Penn State University

3:30-4:30 Session XI: Internet and Broadband Adoption in Indigenous Communities: An Analysis of Rural Alaska – Heather E. Hudson, University of Alaska Anchorage
Respondent: Michael Santorelli, New York Law School

4:30-4:45 Coffee break

5:00-6:00 Closing remarks