Broadband Conferernce: Speaker Intro: Peter Walsh

Here’s another speaker bio for the upcoming Minnesota Broadband conference

Peter K. Walsh; Home and Community Options, Inc

Peter K. Walsh M.S.W. Mr. Walsh has a varied background including serving as the Executive Director of Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Winona (8 yrs), and an Associate Professor of Social Work at the College of St. Teresa (5 yrs). Mr. Walsh was the founder and president of Walsh & Associates of Winona, Inc. and BurOak Business Systems Consulting, Inc. (15 yrs.), technology system integration firms. Mr. Walsh was responsible for marketing, sales, software design and the management of the development and implementation of custom software applications for some 100 companies. Currently Mr. Walsh is a Coordinator with Home and Community Options, Inc. of Winona, MN (5 yrs.) and has experience in various aspects of the agency. Mr. Walsh has three grown daughters; he and his wife Kay are celebrating their 40th wedding anniversary this December.

House, Senate Committees Pass Broadband Bills

The Blandin Webinar on Tech Applications is beginning in a couple of minutes – but I just got this news off the wire and wanted to share:

The House Energy & Commerce Committee Tuesday approved a bill that would require federal agencies — both the National Telecommunications & Information Administration and the Federal Communications Commission — to collect more, and more precise, data on the rollout of broadband service in the United States.

I think this is a great and kinda obvious step towards getting the US up to speed on broadband. First we’ve got to know where we are, who needs help, and who is in a position to help.

The Senate was also busy…

the Senate Commerce Committee passed the Community Broadband Act, which ensures that states and public-private partnerships cannot be prevented from offering advanced telecommunications services in competition with private industry, with the caveat that if that the state regulates those competitors, it cannot favor its own service.

Again I think this is a kinda obvious step towards getting people broadband. Don’t get me wrong – I think it can be hard to do the obvious sometimes when there are so many parties so invested in different outcomes.

Get the whole story from the Broadcasting & Cable Magazine.

Broadband Conferernce: Speaker Intro: Ben Gould

Ben GouldHere’s another speaker bio for the upcoming Minnesota Broadband conference

Ben Gould brings to Mstar more than 18 years of corporate experience with special emphasis in marketing and operations. Gould has developed numerous corporate, product, sales, and branding strategies and campaigns. His hands-on management style and strategic initiatives have taken Mstar from an Internet service provider of dial-up and DSL services to a full provider of services over fiber-to-the-home networks.

Gould started at Mstar in December of 2005. Since that time the Company has added Internet services with residential speeds up to 50Mbps for $39.95 per month; telephone services with every available feature, unlimited local and long-distance calling throughout the U.S. and Canada; and IPTV service offering more than 200 channels including high-definition, video on demand, local content channels, and support for digital video recorders. The company offers 24 X 7 support and has in excess of 16,000 subscribers.

Before joining Mstar, Gould worked for DynamicCity, Inc., as the company’s corporate vice president and chief marketing officer. While affiliated with DynamicCity, Gould was instrumental in gaining the necessary support for UTOPIA and in minimizing anti-UTOPIA legislation. Prior experience includes chief executive officer for Apollo Health, Inc., a privately held manufacturer of medical devices, where he increased revenue by 70 percent. Other experience includes working as executive vice president and chief marketing officer of iLumin Corporation, a leading provider of enterprise message management tools, and vice president of operations Innovus Corporation and multiple management positions at Novell and WordPerfect.

He has been quoted nationally in media outlets such as CNN, CNBC, MSNBC, AP online, The Industry Standard, Business 2.0, InfoWorld, eCompany Now, Inter@ctive Week, Broadband Properties and numerous other media outlets.

Broadband is Better than Roads

Through the Baller list, I ran into a great article that sells the green side of broadband (Spread universal broadband access, not asphalt). Here’s the gust as taken from the article:

Universal broadband equals increased telecommuting, which in turn means less roadway demand, fewer greenhouse gas emissions and less pollution. Even if a worker telecommutes a day or two a week, it can make a real difference.

It goes on to talk about the environmental impact of cars on the road and how broadband can help reduce the need for roads. I think it makes perfect sense – but that’s of course because I have either worked entirely from home or telecommute for almost 10 years. Getting cars off the road by promoting telecommuting would have a terrific environmental impact – but almost more importantly I think it improves the quality of life for all of the people who can avoid traffic for a few days or more a week!

Broadband Conferernce: Speaker Intro: Representative Al Juhnke

Rep. Juhnke believes the 2007-08 sessions are “all about the three Rs: renewables, research and resources.” Juhnke is excited about the nationwide spotlight on alternative fuels, Minnesota as a leader in biodiesel and ethanol mandates and cellulosic ethanol research and development. “Minnesota should be America’s energy leader,” says Juhnke.

Rep. Juhnke has had a keen interest in telecommunications. Having served on committees dealing with this regulatory industry over the years, he has become recognized as one of the legislative go-to’s for important initiatives. He recognizes the need for a strong back-bone infrastructure in all of Minnesota as it pertains to our future.

In 2000, the “common sense”-oriented Juhnke gained international fame on CNN World, the BBC and other nationwide media for the “Hotdish Bill,” which protected potlucks from government regulation. In 2003, he authored the “Pickle Bill” freeing small jarring operations from state health department oversight. “I seem to pick food fights,” he jests.

Rep. Juhnke and his wife Claire are proud of their son who is in the MN Army National Guard and their daughter who is currently attending to University of Minnesota-Morris. Juhnke enjoys golfing, hunting, fishing, 1970s rock & roll and acting.

Broadband Conferernce: Speaker Intro: Mayor Graham Richard

Mayor Graham RichardWired and inspired. That’s the mantra of Fort Wayne Mayor Graham Richard. Wired, because Fort Wayne is becoming one of the most technologically connected cities in America. Inspired, because Richard has been on a mission to turn city government into a lean, results-producing, customer-focused driver of an economically thriving city. Graham Richard is completing eight years of public service as mayor of Fort Wayne, the second largest city in Indiana. Richard has helped taxpayers save nearly $30 million in city government services.

Under Mayor Richard’s leadership Fort Wayne has been recognized as a high performance city. Crime is at the lowest rate in 27 years. Over $30 million has been saved using business improvement practices including Lean Six Sigma. Potholes are filled in 4 hours instead of 4 days. Permits are granted in days not weeks. The Fort Wayne Public Works Division and the Fleet Management Departments have been named as number one in the country.

Mayor Richard has received national awards for his technology leadership, including the Fiber-to-the-Home Council’s 2005 Star Awards, the Public Technology Institute’s 2006 Tech Leader Award and the 2006 KillerApp Trailblazer Awards. Mayor Richard recently completed his first book, Performance is the Best Politics, which features the story of Fort Wayne’s transformation to high performance government. Mayor Richard is a long time local business owner and former state senator. He is a graduate of the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs at Princeton University.