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Meditations on the Modern Mormon Pioneer, Where ‘The Desert Shall Rejoice, and Blossom As The Rose’

September 29, 2013 – During our Sunday worship these past several Sunday School sessions, we’ve been studying the history of our church. Two weeks ago, the subject was the Latter-day Saints entry into the Salt Lake Valley in July 1847. Last week, we talked about the saints who, in October 1856, left to rescue the two handcart companies stranded on the Wyoming plains during an early-season snowstorm. And today we talked about how, in the words of the prophet from ancient Israel in Isaiah 35:1, “The wilderness and the solitary place shall be glad for them; and the desert shall rejoice, and blossom as the rose.”

These lessons have spoken to us in our circumstances right now. In the 25 years of my career in journalism, law and technology, Utah was the last place that I expected we would locate ourselves. And yet, early last month, my family and I, and our dog Pokey, packed up and made our own Great Trek back to the land of my ancestors.

We spent the last three and a half years of our lives in Springfield, Illinois. There, I had a wonderful opportunity to lead a state effort designed to enhance the role of technology’s power to make an impact in people’s lives. I believe in Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn’s personal motto, “everybody in, and nobody left out.” At Broadband Illinois, we helped unite the Land of Lincoln around a vision of Better Broadband, Better Lives. Illinois’ State Broadband Initiative became the national model for public-private collaboration — providing the tools that citizens, communities and businesses need to get online and to get more out of their internet use.

Having lived in Washington for most of my professional career, the opportunity to get outside of the beltway was important for our progress. Although I’ve commuted back to Washington to participate in our monthly Broadband Breakfast Club discussions, it has been a real plus for my family to be outside the pressure cooker of McLean, Virginia.

So when the time came to move from Springfield, what attracted my family and I to Utah? It may well be that this desert, having blossomed as the rose, speaks still to our people. When we visited the Provo/Orem area four year ago, this area seemed provincial compared to Washington. More recent visits during ski vacations have left us marveling at the vibrancy and economic growth of the Utah — consistently one of the fastest-growing states in the country.

From the day we arrived, we have been blessed. We now have a comfortable house in Orem, Utah, where a wonderful view of Mount Timpanogos and Mount Cascade greets us upon stepping out of our front door. There are mountain trails for running, hiking and bicycling, and soon, skiing. For nearly a full week upon our arrival, our neighbors — who make up our local congregation — brought food, bread and peaches as welcoming gifts. For the first time in our lives, we can walk a block and a half to our local church.

We’ve also been so impressed by the educational opportunities here. We feel that each of our children have what they need to challenge themselves academically. How vital it is that charter schools here provide a competitive alternative to public schools!

And as for my efforts in offering consulting services around broadband internet services, I’m finding that the Salt Lake Valley is an excellent place from which to operate. I’ve already begun a new webinar series. This collection of Broadband Breakfast Club Virtual Events kicked off last week with an event on advancing Gigabit Networks through high-bandwidth applications. (Our next event is October 15.) The Salt Lake and Utah Valleys are home to two significant fiber-optic networks, the iProvo network recently purchased by Google, and UTOPIA, the Utah Telecommunications Open Internet Agency. I’ll continue to expand on my work nation-wide in promoting broadband from Salt Lake, from Chicago, from Washington, D.C., and elsewhere.

Also, earlier this month, I began an additional engagement: working as Senior Contributing Editor for Deseret News. The newspaper is the oldest publication in the Salt Lake Valley, having launched on June 15, 1850, and is rapidly remaking itself for the digital age. In fact, last week we launched national.deseretnews.com, which fills a void in the American media landscape through rigorous journalism on core issues of interest to many Americans: the state of the family, how faith is lived, education opportunity, financial responsibility, care for the poor, and the culture of media. I’m enjoying the opportunity to combine my journalistic, legal and technological skills in working with the Deseret News, and I invite each of you to begin following it more closely.

Building Momentum for the Broadband Breakfast Club with November 18 Event

By Drew Clark

Over at BroadbandCensus.com, I’ve just posted an entry about the Broadband Breakfast Club series. In it, I note that Stan Fendley, the director of legislative and regulatory policy for Corning, Inc., has joined the roster of speakers for BroadbandCensus.com’s next big event: the Tuesday, November 18 meeting of the Broadband Breakfast Club.

With the addition of Fendley, we’ll have a wonderful (and wonderfully diverse) collection of speakers to discuss and debate “Should Government Funding Be Part of a National Broadband Plan?” In addition to Fendley, confirmed speakers include Kyle McSlarrow, CEO of the National Cable and Telecommunications Association (NCTA), and John Windhausen, Jr., president of Telepoly Consulting. I will moderate the discussion.

Two weeks after Election Day, this Broadband Breakfast Club meeting will consider one of the hottest topics in telecom: can and should funding for broadband work its way into a pending fiscal stimulus package?

Future meetings of the breakfast club (December 2008 through March 2009) will consider the role of broadband applications in harnessing demand, how the universal service fund will be changed by high-speed internet, the role of wireless in universal broadband, and the extent of competition in the marketplace.

The Broadband Breakfast Club meets monthly at the Old Ebbitt Grill, at 675 15th Street, NW, in Washington. (It’s right across the street from the Department of the Treasury.)

Beginning at 8 a.m., an American plus Continental breakfast is available downstairs in the Cabinet Room. This is followed by a discussion about the question at hand, which ends at 10 a.m. Except for holidays (like Veteran’s Day), we’ll meet on the second Tuesday of each month, until March 2009. The registration page for the event is http://broadbandbreakfast.eventbrite.com.

Because of the limited size of the venue, seated attendance will be reserved the first 45 individuals to register. There are no restrictions on who may register to attend. With the exception of speakers, there is a $45.00 charge (plus a modest Eventbrite fee) to attend. The events are on the record.

We kicked off this series earlier this month with a well-attended breakfast on “10 Years Under the Digital Millennium Copyright Act: Success or Failure?

I started the Broadband Breakfast Club for the same reason that I started BroadbandCensus.com earlier this year: I believe that American consumers, policy-makers and broadband providers need better information about the issues surrounding high-speed internet access.

Today, broadband is (or could) the driver of citizen engagement, commerce, democratic participation, education, entertainment, health care and potential environmental gains through wider telecommuting. And yet basic information about where particular broadband company offers service – and at what price and at what speed – is not conveniently available in a single, public source. The free web service BroadbandCensus.com aims to change that by going directly to individual internet users for their feedback.

Our Broadband Breakfast Club series is directed more at Washington policy-makers and influencers. But again, we are seeking to broaden the discussion by allowing all to participate. The goal of this breakfast series is to bring an informed consensus – or, failing that, an informed disagreement – around key broadband policy questions.

With the dawn of a new administration – and the prospect of a systematic approach to high-speed internet issues for the first time in nearly a decade – now is the time to undertake these discussions.

Further, the breakfast events that we’re hosting now will lead up to our Spring 2009 conference, “Broadband Census for America: The New Administration.” The Spring 2009 conference – bringing together federal, state and local officials, academic researchers and other interested parties around the issue of broadband data – is tentatively scheduled for Friday, March 27, 2009, here in Washington.

If you have questions or thoughts about upcoming events in the Broadband Breakfast Club series, or about the Spring 2009 conference, “Broadband Census for America: The New Administration,” or about BroadbandCensus.com in general, feel free to contact me: drew at broadbandcensus.com, or at 202-580-8196.

As with everything on BroadbandCensus.com, this blog post is under our Creative Commons Attribution Noncommercial License. That means you can copy, send, repost and redistribute it. Please do so! The URL for this post is http://broadbandcensus.com/blog/?p=923, and the URL for the registration page is http://broadbandbreakfast.eventbrite.com.

BroadbandCensus.com Presents the Broadband Breakfast Club With Event on Digital Copyright

October 14 Breakfast to Feature Representatives from Software, Electronics, and Recording Industries; plus Scholar Responsible for ‘Chilling Effects’

Press Releases

WASHINGTON, October 8 – BroadbandCensus.com announced the inaugural event of the Broadband Breakfast Club: a forum on Tuesday, October 14, from 8 a.m. to 10 a.m., about 10 years under the Digital Millennium Copyright Act, at the Old Ebbitt Grill.

Congress passed the Digital Millennium Copyright Act on October 12, 1998, and it was signed by President Clinton on October 28, 1998. The new law, widely known as the DMCA, was designed to usher in a new phase of the United States’ copyright laws.

The DMCA did this through two key provisions. The anti-circumvention provision was designed to offer protection to copyright holders who encrypted their works by criminalizing the act of cracking those codes. The service provider liability provision was designed as a compromise between content owners and internet providers. It created today’s framework for “notice and takedown” currently at issue in a variety of current lawsuits, including Viacom v. YouTube.

Ten years later, how well has the DMCA worked? This event, the kick-off event in the monthly “Broadband Breakfast Club” hosted by BroadbandCensus.com, is designed to bring several key stakeholders together to share perspectives on this topic:

  • Drew Clark, Executive Director, BroadbandCensus.com (Moderator)
  • Mitch Glazier, Senior Vice President, Government Relations, Recording Industry Association of America
  • Michael Petricone, Senior Vice President, Government Affairs, Consumer Electronics Association
  • Wendy Seltzer, Practitioner in Residence, Glushko-Samuelson Intellectual Property Law Clinic, American University Washington College of Law; and Berkman Center for Internet Society Fellow and instigator of “Chilling Effects” resource
  • Emery Simon, Counselor, Business Software Alliance

Breakfast for registrants will be available beginning at 8:00 a.m., and the forum itself will begin at around 8:30 a.m. It will conclude promptly at 10 a.m. Seated attendance is limited to the first 45 individuals to register for the event.

Future events in the Broadband Breakfast Club monthly series will feature other key topics involved in broadband technology and internet policy.

For more information about BroadbandCensus.com, or about the Broadband Breakfast Club at Old Ebbitt Grill at 675 15th Street NW, Washington, DC – on the second Tuesday of each month – please contact Drew Clark at 202-580-8196.

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