Broadband Competition: Do We Have It, and How Do We Get More of It?

March Meeting: Broadband Competition: Do We Have It, and How Do We Get More of It? presents the March meeting of the Broadband Breakfast Club at Old Ebbitt Grill on Tuesday, March 10, 2009, at 8 a.m. Because of the Commerce Department/Agriculture Department/FCC Public Meeting on broadband stimulus from 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m., the Broadband Breakfast Club will adjurn at 9:30 a.m.

  • NEW! - James Baller, President of Baller Herbst Law Group, will provide a brief summary of the progress of the U.S. Broadband Coalition

Jim Baller is a senior principal of the Baller Herbst Law Group in Washington, DC. He represents public and private entities nationally and in more than 35 states on a broad range of communications matters. He is also the founder and president of the US Broadband Coalition, a large and diverse group of organizations that are working toward consensus on a comprehensive national broadband strategy. In 2007, Washingtonian Magazine listed him as one of Washington’s “Best Lawyers” (defined as the top one percent). Last month, ArsTechnica included him in its list of “Top Tech Policy People to Watch” in 2009.

  • Art Brodsky, Communications Director, Public Knowledge

Art Brodsky is communications director of Public Knowledge. Art worked for 16 years with Communications Daily, a leading trade publication, covering the passage of the Telecommunications Act of 1996 and other major laws. He also covered the Federal Communications Commission and state regulatory commissions. Art was later an editor with Congressional Quarterly. Art’s work also appears in the Huffington Post and TPM café. Art worked as communications director for the National Telecommunications and Information Administration and Qwest Communications International. He graduated from the University of Maryland, and received an MSJ degree from the Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University.

  • Kathleen Ham, Vice President, Federal Regulatory, T-Mobile USA

Kathleen O’Brien Ham is Vice President, Federal Regulatory Affairs for T-Mobile USA. In her currently capacity, she oversees the company’s work before the FCC. Before joining T-Mobile, she worked for fourteen years at the FCC in a number of top policy positions, including Deputy Chief of the Wireless Telecommunications Bureau. She also served on the Spectrum Management Task Force and was involved in negotiating the allocation of third generation wireless spectrum. She is a graduate of Catholic University Law School, where she is also an adjunct professor of law, and her undergraduate degree in journalism from the University of Colorado.

  • Brent Olson, Assistant Vice President, Public Policy, AT&T

Brent Olson serves as Assistant Vice President-Public Policy at AT&T. Olson's responsibilities include helping to develop and coordinate at the federal and state levels AT&T's public policy positions on a number of issues covering emerging services and technologies, including broadband and video technology services, with a particular focus on internet-related policy issues such as net neutrality and online safety. Olson has more than 15 years of telecommunications law and policy experience, and was Deputy Chief, Competition Policy Division, at the Federal Communications Commission’s Wireline Competition Bureau. He graduated from Northwestern University and holds a J.D. from UCLA School of Law.

  • Emmett O'Keefe, Director, Federal Public Policy,
  • Scott Wallsten, Vice President for Research and Senior Fellow, Technology Policy Institute

Scott Wallsten‘s economic research focuses on telecommunications, regulation, competition and technology policy He vice president for research and a senior fellow at the Technology Policy Institute, a senior fellow at the Georgetown Center for Business and Public Policy, a lecturer in Public Policy at Stanford University, and a consultant for Economists Incorporated. He has been senior fellow at the Progress & Freedom Foundation andthe AEI - Brookings Joint Center for Regulatory Studies, and an economist at The World Bank, the Stanford Institute for Economic Policy Research, and the U.S. President's Council of Economic Advisers. His Ph.D. is from Stanford University.

The role of broadband competition is central to discussion about a National Broadband Strategy, and to the emerging process for states and companies to tap into the $7.2 billion in federal funds allocated last month for broadband services.

The event will be moderated by Drew Clark, Editor and Executive Director of

Clark is a veteran telecom and technology journalist, and he founded in January 2008 as a means of providing the public with a free and objective resource of the wired and wireless local broadband carriers, grouped by ZIP code, by speed, by competition and by consumer satisfaction.

Telecommunications policy advocates, attorneys, policy-makers and journalists seeking to obtain insights from top officials in Washington can attend the Broadband Breakfast Club, which includes a full American and Continental breakfast, for as little as $45.00, plus a modest registration fee. The events are on the record and open to the public. Register here for the next breakfast event.

For individuals outside of Washington, or whose schedule doesn’t permit attendance in person, archived webcasts of the Broadband Breakfast Club are now available on the channel on TV Mainstream. One full year of online access to each premium webcast is available for $40.00.

Individuals who register to attend the Broadband Breakfast Club will also receive a full year of complementary online access to the webcast.

Beginning at 8 a.m., an American plus Continental breakfast is available downstairs in the Cabinet Room. This is followed by a discussion, beginning shortly after 8:30 a.m. and ending at 9:30 a.m.

Because of the limited size of the venue, seated attendance will be reserved the first 45 individuals to register.

The Broadband Breakfast Club is Sponsored by:

CTIA - The Wireless Association

Benton Foundation

Webcasts of the Broadband Breakfast Club Produced in Partnership with:

TV Mainstream

Name Sales End Price Fee
Breakfast Attendee Ended $45 $1.12
Breakfast Club Table Ended $1000 $9.95