Advancing Telecommunications Services: Evaluating the Deployment of Broadband
CITI Workshop
207 Warren Hall, Columbia Business School

September 12, 2001
6:00 to 7:30 PM

About the Workshop

It is a seminal time in the deployment of broadband connectivity to the Internet and new online applications. Attracting attention from many sectors - political, finance, regulatory, public interest, and the press - everyone is jumping on the broadband wagon. In the next 18 months the number of homes with high-speed connections is likely to triple.

On August 3, 2000 the Federal Communications Commission issued its second report assessing the state of advanced telecommunications services - the so-called 706 Broadband Deployment Report. The Commission concluded that pace of deployment high-speed connections was "reasonable and timely," as mandated by the 1996 Telecommunications Act. Politics and hyperbole aside, this CITI workshop will assess the FCC's findings, look at where is broadband is headed, gauge the width of the digital divide, and consider what actions (if any) should be taken by whom. Panelists will include:

  • Ellen Blackler, FCC.
  • Eric Lee, Public Policy Director.
  • Greg Rohde, Assistant Secretary of Commerce, NTIA.
  • John Thorn, Deputy General Counsel, Verizon.
  • Robert Garnet, AT&T (Retired).
  • Bruce Egan, Senior Research Fellow, CITI.
  • John Friedman, Empire One Telecommunications.
  • Lisa Rosenbaum, Cablevision.
  • Maribel Lopez, Forrester Research
  • Kenneth Carter, Deputy Director, CITI (Moderator).

RSVP: or (212) 854-4222.

Directions to Warren Hall:
Warren Hall is located on Amsterdam and 116th Street. (Just south of 116th, on the east side of Amsterdam) Take bus lines (M4, M11, M5, M104) or the subways (the Broadway IRT #1 and #9 locals) 116th Street.

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