Broadband Access & Adoption Podcast Archives

Ep 82: Decoding the New FCC Under Chairman Ajit Pai with Gigi Sohn

Ep 82: Decoding the New FCC Under Chairman Ajit Pai with Gigi Sohn

Gigi B. Sohn (@gigibsohn) served as counselor to Federal Communications Commission Chairman Tom Wheeler, advising on a range of telecommunications and media policy issues. Previously, Sohn served from 2001 to 2013 as president and CEO of Public Knowledge, a D.C.-based public interest group working on intellectual property and other issues in the digital marketplace. She served as a project specialist in the Ford Foundation’s Media, Arts and Culture unit and as executive director of the Media

Ep. 74: Don’t Let Politics Sabotage Lifeline Broadband Subsidies for the Poor with Carmen Scurato

Ep. 74: Don’t Let Politics Sabotage Lifeline Broadband Subsidies for the Poor with Carmen Scurato

Carmen Scurato (@CarmenScurato) is Director of Policy and Legal Affairs at the National Hispanic Media Coalition (NHMC). As a native of Puerto Rico, Carmen is a passionate advocate for policies that address the needs of the Latino community. Prior to joining NHMC, Carmen worked as a contractor for the Department of Justice and assisted in investigations alleging financial fraud against federal agencies and federal healthcare programs. Most notably, Carmen helped recoup millions of dollars in a

Ep 72: Who Says Seniors Can’t Get Around Barriers in Tech? (Part 2/2) with Debra Berlyn

Ep 72: Who Says Seniors Can’t Get Around Barriers in Tech? (Part 2/2) with Debra Berlyn

Debra Berlyn (@dberlyn) is the Executive Director of The Project to Get Older Adults onLine (GOAL), and President of Consumer Policy Solutions. Debra is a seasoned veteran of telecommunications and consumer policy issues and an advocate for consumers of technology services. She represented AARP on the digital television transition and has worked closely with national aging organizations on several Internet issues, including online safety and privacy concerns. Prior to launching Consumer

Ep 71: Who Says Seniors Can’t Get Around Barriers in Tech? (Part 1/2) with Tom Kamber

Ep 71: Who Says Seniors Can’t Get Around Barriers in Tech? (Part 1/2) with Tom Kamber

Tom Kamber (@thomaskamber) is the founder and executive director of OATS, where he has helped over 20,000 senior citizens get online, built more than 30 free technology centers, created the seniorplanet.org digital community, and launched the Senior Planet Exploration Center—the country’s first technology-themed community center for older adults. His work has been covered in major national media, including The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, USA Today, The Washington Post, National

Ep 65: What to Expect from Tech Policy Under Trump with Andy Schwartzman

Ep 65: What to Expect from Tech Policy Under Trump with Andy Schwartzman

Andrew Jay Schwartzman (@aschwa02) is the Benton Senior Counselor at the Institute for Public Representation of Georgetown University Law Center. He directed Media Access Project, a public interest media and telecommunications law firm, for 34 years. Mr. Schwartzman serves on the International Advisory Board of Southwestern Law School’s National Entertainment & Media Law Institute and on the Board of Directors of the Multicultural Media, Telecom and Internet Council and was the Board

Ep 61: Ensuring Schools Can Keep Up with Demand for Even Faster Broadband with Tracy Weeks

Ep 61: Ensuring Schools Can Keep Up with Demand for Even Faster Broadband with Tracy Weeks

Dr. Tracy Weeks (@tracyweeks) is the Executive Director for the State Educational Technology Director’s Association (SETDA). Prior to joining the team at SETDA, she served as the Chief Academic and Digital Learning Officer for the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction, the first senior state leadership position of its kind in the nation. In that role, Dr. Weeks oversaw the areas of: K-12 Curriculum and Instruction, Career and Technical Education, Exceptional Children, and the North

The Homework Gap: Why the FCC Should Vote to Extend ‘Lifeline’ to Broadband Internet Services with Susan Walters (Ep. 29)

The Homework Gap: Why the FCC Should Vote to Extend ‘Lifeline’ to Broadband Internet Services with Susan Walters (Ep. 29)

Susan is the Senior Vice President of the California Emergency Technology Fund a non-profit that focuses on closing the digital divide in California. She was previously the Regional Director of Community Relations for Citibank in Greater Southern California. Prior to Citibank she operated a small consulting practice in corporate social responsibility. The work focused on building strategic partnerships between nonprofit organizations and corporations, strategic planning, communications and…

How the FCC Overruled State Municipal Broadband Laws with Berin Szoka (Ep. 25)

How the FCC Overruled State Municipal Broadband Laws with Berin Szoka (Ep. 25)

Berin Szoka is the President of TechFreedom. Previously, he was a Senior Fellow and the Director of the Center for Internet Freedom at The Progress & Freedom Foundation. Before joining PFF, he was an Associate in the Communications Practice Group at Latham & Watkins LLP, where he advised clients on regulations affecting the Internet and telecommunications industries. Before joining Latham’s Communications Practice Group, Szoka practiced at Lawler Metzger Milkman & Keeney, LLC, a…