The National Broadband Plan: Looking Backward, Reaching Forward

Center for Business and Public Policy
McDonough School of Business
Georgetown University
March 18, 2015
9:15 am - 4:00 pm

In early 2009, Congress directed the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to develop a plan to ensure, among other things, that every American has “access to broadband capability.” The milestone document that followed outlined a detailed strategy for achieving affordability and maximizing use of broadband to advance consumer welfare, civic participation, public safety and homeland security and more. On March 17, 2010, the FCC published the National Broadband Plan. Five years later, how close are we to meeting Congress’ goals? And what needs to be done over the next five years?

Speakers and panelists include:

  • Shirley Bloomfield, CEO, NTCA – The Rural Broadband Association
  • Larry Downes, Project Director, Georgetown Center for Business and Public Policy
  • Jason Furman, Chairman, White House Council of Economic Advisors
  • Blair Levin, Senior Fellow, Brookings Institution and Executive Director, Gig. U
  • John Mayo, Executive Director, Georgetown Center for Business and Public Policy
  • Bruce Mehlman, Partner, Mehlman Castagnetti Rosen Bingel & Thomas Inc
  • Larry Strickling, Assistant Secretary for Communications and Information and Administrator, National Telecommunications and Information Administration, U.S. Department of Commerce


9:15 AM Welcoming Remarks
9:25 AM Overture
9:45 AM What is the Role of Fiber?
11:00 AM Getting Maximum Value from Spectrum: More Efficiencies, More Capacity
12:00 PM Lunch and Keynote Address
1:00 PM Getting Everyone On
1:45 PM Using Broadband to Achieve National Purposes
3:00 PM Break
3:15 PM The Agenda Ahead
3:50 PM Concluding Remarks