State of the Net Pre-Conference, Hyatt Regency
January 29, 2008, 3:00 PM - 5:30 PM

Note: This preconference is coordinated jointly by EDUCAUSE and App-Rising.

"The Future of Broadband:
Moving from Why to How"

It's time we move past vague statements about the limitless promise of broadband and begin the New Year with some concrete discussions about how to best spur investment in our digital infrastructure and build awareness around those Internet applications that make this investment worthwhile.

On January 29th the pre-conference featured a presentation of a new approach to broadband and a pair of panel discussions of the future of broadband sponsored by the Congressional Internet Caucus Advisory Committee and organized by EDUCAUSE and This informational seminar helped set the stage for DC's leading Internet technology policy event: the State of the Net conference.

The seminar kicked off with the presentation of a provocative position paper from EDUCAUSE that suggests a new approach to uniting public and private interests for the deployment of big broadband connectivity to every home. Then engaged in a lively discussion on the merits of this and other approaches to expanding the reach and capacity of broadband with leaders from both public and private sectors. And finally attendees heard from applications developers about next generation video services that are improving society through broadband.

This was a can't-miss event for anyone and everyone looking to get past the rhetoric of the present and develop a plan for the future. This outstanding pre-conference event laid out a proposal for how to increase the capacity of our networks and take advantage of the bandwidth they provide.

Location: Hyatt Regency Hotel, 400 New Jersey Avenue, NW, Washington, DC 20001


* Agenda subject to change

3:00 to 3:10 pm Commissioner Michael J. Copps, Federal Communications Commission (opening remarks)
3:10 to 3:30 pm "A Blueprint for Big Broadband"

Steve Worona, Policy Director, EDUCAUSE
John Windhausen, Telepoly Consulting

3:30 to 4:30 pm Panel #1: "Big Broadband: Viewpoints and Discussion"

Jim Baller, Baller-Herbst Law
Michael Kende, Analysys
Jeff Kuhns, Associate Vice Provost for IT, The Pennsylvania State University
Charles Leonhardt, Principal Technologist, Georgetown University
David Quam, Director of Federal Affairs, National Governor's Assoc. (tentative)
John Windhausen, Telepoly Consulting

4:30 to 5:30 pm Panel #2: "Beyond YouTube: Video Applications That Make Broadband Work"

Tom Spengler, Granicus
John Hughes, GOSN
Geoff Daily,
Gary Bachula, Internet2

6:00 to 8:00 pm State of the Net Conference Faculty Welcome Reception

Featured remarks by Congressmen Rick Boucher and Mike Honda, and the TRUSTe "Most Trusted Company for Privacy "Awards Presentation [More Details]

An event to welcome distinguished conference speakers, each bringing unique insight and expertise to the debates here in Washington.

Allison Rodway at or 202-638-4370 for more information.

This is a widely attended event hosted by the Congressional Internet Caucus Advisory Committee (ICAC), part of a 501 (c)(3) charitable organization. The ICAC is a private sector organization comprised of public interest groups, trade associations, non-profits, and industry leaders. The diversity of ICAC membership ensures that all educational events and initiatives are fair and balanced forums for Internet-related discussion. The ICAC does not promote any particular policy position.