#LegalHack Broadband Infrastructure

  • January 8, 2014 · 7:00 PM

On January 8, 2014 (from 7-9pm), join DC Legal Hackers for an exciting event to discuss the efforts of city, state, and federal governments to create and maintain maps of broadband infrastructure to improve awareness, choice, and competition in the broadband market. 

Moderator: Julia Pulidindi, Senior Associate, The National League of Cities 

Julia Pulidindi is a Senior Associate at the National League of Cities (NLC) and has been with NLC for eight years. She first started her work with NLC on a variety of policy issues including public finance, transportation, and telecommunications in addition to working with the NLC’s large city caucus. Currently, she works in NLC’s City Solutions and Applied Research department, where she focuses on local challenges and solutions around transportation and technology infrastructure. Her transportation work focuses on how cities can plan more efficient transportation systems and helping NLC members identify federal and other resources to finance their initiatives. On the technology front, she looks at how cities can invest in, plan, and utilize technology tools better to promote growth and economic development.

Confirmed Speakers:

• Virginia Maloney, Senior Project Manager, New York City Economic Development Corporation 

Virginia Maloney is a Senior Project Manager at the New York City Economic Development Corporation (NYCEDC) within the Center for Economic Transformation, the City’s primary engine for economic development. Her projects focus on the emerging technology sector, primarily broadband infrastructure development through initiatives like the NYC Broadband Map and WiredNYC. Prior to joining NYCEDC, Virginia worked at Deloitte Consulting in Washington D.C. as a Strategy and Operations Consultant for several federal clients, including the Federal Communications Commission and the Department of Transportation. She graduated from Princeton’s Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs with a minor in Environmental Studies.

• Anne Neville, Director, State Broadband Initiative, National Telecommunications and Information Administration

Anne Neville currently directs the 50 State Broadband Initiative at the National Telecommunications & Information Administration at the US Department of Commerce. In this capacity, she is responsible for both the National Broadband Map and grants to states to support the emerging digital economy, including broadband data collection, state broadband planning, and OpenGov and Gov2.0 efforts. Before this she was a Global Leadership Fellow focusing on IT and Telecom at the World Economic Forum in Geneva, Switzerland, and prior to this served as Assistant Secretary for Economic Development and Technology for the State of California, where she served as the lead staff to California's broadband initiative.  She has additional experience in legislative and regulatory environments, focusing on broadband, digital inclusion and internet issues.  In Anne's early work in this area, she managed a grant program to increase non-profit capacity through the use of IT and founded and directed a community center providing technology training and access to mainly immigrant populations. Anne holds a Masters in Public Administration from the University of Southern California and a BA (Hons) from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

• Mike Byrne, Geographic Information Officer, Federal Communications Commission 

Mike Byrne is a Geographer interested in advancing public policy through the use of transparent information. He has a strong geographic analysis background with the intent of strategic planning and public policy. He is currently the Geographic Information Officer for the Federal Communications Commission.  He was formerly the GIO for the State of California, a National Geospatial Advisory Committee member, a Board member of the National States GIS Council.  He has worked across policy areas including  healthcare, information technology/telecommunications, natural resources, and infrastructure planning.  He holds a masters degree in geography from UC Davis.

• Greta Byrum, Senior Field Analyst, Open Technology Institute 

Greta Byrum is an urban planner and a Senior Field Analyst for the Open Technology Initiative at the New America Foundation, where she works with community groups on collaborative neighborhood technology projects. Greta's work focuses on the meeting-place between urban planning and evolving technology practices, especially as they impact underserved and low-income communities. As Senior Field Analyst for the Open Technology Institute in Washington, DC, she fosters the capacity of local organizations to build and own shared tech infrastructure.


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  • Chad R.

    We didn't exactly discuss what I was interested in when it comes to broadband but the discussion was interesting nonetheless.

    January 9, 2014

    • Jameson D.

      What are you interested in when it comes to broadband, Chad? There's a lot to cover in the broadband arena, so we're open to future events on the topic!

      January 9, 2014

    • Chad R.

      I am more so interested in siting challenges, legislative obstacles to muni broadband projects and the digital divide. So the last part we did discuss somewhat but the other two are what I was hoping we could delve into.

      January 9, 2014

  • Jameson D.

    If you missed last night's panel, ISOC-DC posted a video online: http://youtu.be/R7lhMTuGl4s

    1 · January 9, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Was hoping there is a conference bridge for this meeting :(

    January 8, 2014

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