Nov 9

Past Event

Improving Broadband Innovation and Investment

Event Materials


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Broadband and wireless technologies are key elements of our nation’s economic, social and civic development. With the Federal Communications Commission’s stated goals of bringing broadband access to all Americans, it is crucial to determine how to be innovative when investing in broadband infrastructure. How will infrastructure development be funded? What is the proper mix of financial resources? How can we identify emerging technologies that will serve citizens and businesses?

On November 9, the Brookings Institution hosted a policy forum to answer those questions and to discuss ways to overcome barriers to developing our broadband infrastructure. Brookings Vice President Darrell West moderated a panel of experts exploring ways to move our national broadband policy forward.

After the program, the panelists took audience questions.

Event Agenda

  • Moderator

  • Featured Panelists

    • John Horrigan

      Consumer Research Director, Omnibus Broadband Initiative

      Federal Communications Commission

    • Robert Shapiro

      Senior Policy Fellow

      Georgetown Center for Business and Public Policy

    • Thomas Z. Freedman

      President, Freedman Consulting

      Author of A Kindle in Every Backpack: A Proposal for eTextbooks in American Schools


November 9, 2009

2:00 PM - 3:30 PM EST

The Brookings Institution

Falk Auditorium

1775 Massachusetts Ave., NW


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