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Sticky WCIT: Is this the End of the Internet – Live Recording

On Tuesday, Novemeber 27, 2012 CALinnovates partnered with the Stanford Law School to bring together a panel of experts to discuss the upcoming World Conference on International Communications in Dubai next month. The panel included:

  • Ambassador David Gross, former U.S. Coordinator for International Communications and Information Policy, U.S. Department of State
  • Larry Irving, The Irving Group; Former Assistant Secretary of Commerce for Communications and Information, National Telecommunications & Information Administration (NTIA)
  • Patrick Ryan, Policy Counsel, Open Internet, Google, Inc.

Larry Downes, long recognized expert in telecommunications policy served as the moderator.

You can watch the entire discussion below. And be sure to share it with friends and colleagues.

2012 is the Year of the Internet, Again, But Could it be its Last?

If you can believe it, the end of 2012 is fast approaching.  Some of us filled with glee; some of us filled with anxiety that the holidays and New Year are just around the corner.  But the end of 2012 is also bringing a critical issue to the forefront of the U.S. and global agenda: the future of the Internet.

Several events in Washington, D.C. over the past few weeks have caught our attention regarding the innovation economy, Internet regulatory policy, and the upcoming World Conference on International Telecommunications (WCIT) that all have tremendous economic and social implications globally, nationally, and in Silicon Valley.

With the elections (finally) over, tech and policy experts assembled at the Brookings Institution for “A First 100 Days Innovation Agenda for the Next Administration” focusing on how policymakers can encourage growth through innovation and entrepreneurship, ensure robust communications infrastructure, and protect our digital products and services.  The American Enterprise Institute’s and Mercatus Center’s star-studded tech panels discussed key issues, expectations and the U.S. position on the upcoming WCIT (pronounced “wicket”) conference.

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CALinnovates to Host “Sticky WCIT: Is This the End of the Internet?”


Monday, November 19, 2012

Contact: Mike Montgomery


CALinnovates to Host “Sticky WCIT: Is This the End of the Internet?”
Panel will discuss the upcoming global United Nations conference that will consider proposals threatening Internet freedom and Silicon Valley’s prosperity
PALO ALTO, Ca. – In December, the World Conference on International Telecommunications (WCIT) will be held in Dubai to consider international rules governing the Internet.
At the conference, certain nations may advocate for International governance of Internet services and infrastructure that, if adopted, would result in international regulations that require compliance by member nations. On Tuesday, November 27, a distinguished panel of experts will convene at Stanford Law School for “Sticky WCIT: Is This the End of the Internet?” The panel will discuss the impact this global UN conference could have on innovative freedom that has been central to the Internet’s evolution, to economic gains for nations worldwide and to Silicon Valley’s prosperity.

Date/Time: Tuesday, November 27, 2012

12:45 p.m. -2:00 p.m.

Location: Stanford Law School

Room 190

F.I.R. Hall Classroom Building

Crown Quadrangle

Palo Alto, CA 94305

Participants: Mike Montgomery, Executive Director, CALinnovates (introduction)

Larry Downes, Author and Forbes Contributor (moderator)

Ambassador David Gross, former U.S. Coordinator for International Communications and Information Policy, U.S. Department of State

Larry Irving, The Irving Group; Former Assistant Secretary of Commerce for Communications and Information, National Telecommunications & Information Administration (NTIA)

Patrick Ryan, Policy Counsel, Open Internet, Google, Inc.

For more information about the event, please visit the CALinnovates website:

About CALinnovates

CALinnovates serves as a bridge between the thriving and fast paced technology community based in California and the slower moving but equally important public policy community in Sacramento and Washington, DC.

  • CALinnovates brings together stakeholders in the technology and startup communities with government leaders to ensure a careful and considered approach in policies impacting the dynamic high-tech sector. Positive impacts would be an environment encouraging growth, investment, competition and result in more choices and access to the benefits of new technology for people in California.
  • CALinnovates also works to educate the public on the latest innovations and uses of technology.

CALinnovates’ members include C-level executives, political leaders, entrepreneurs, techies and the average Californian who is interested in keeping up with the latest gadgets and innovations.

$14 Billion Additional Investment in Broadband Networks Means Big Things for Consumers and Innovators

For Immediate Release
Tuesday, November 13, 2012
Contact: Mike Montgomery


$14 Billion Additional Investment in Broadband Networks Means Big Things for Consumers and Innovators

CALinnovates’ new infographic says evolving consumer behavior demands private sector investment to expand communications infrastructure and support tech innovation


SAN FRANCISCO – California’s economic recovery will be bolstered by a recent announcement that AT&T plans to invest an additional $14 billion to expand and enhance its wired and wireless Internet Protocol (IP) broadband networks.  For Californians looking for expanded access to the benefits of the Internet, this development signals great optimism for the future of communications, according to CALinnovates, a San Francisco-based high-tech advocacy group.

According to their 3-year investment plan, 300 million people will be covered by AT&T 4G LTE by the end of 2014, and millions more will have access to next-generation wireline IP broadband networks.  CALinnovates Executive Director Mike Montgomery stated, “Connecting virtually everyone in the U.S. with high-speed Internet is a long stride in the right direction toward meeting the goal of President Obama’s National Broadband Plan.  And we know that high-speed Internet connections, both wired and wireless, create the kind of jobs we urgently need right now.”

“Consumers, entrepreneurs and people everywhere are clamoring for more connectivity and faster speeds.  It takes this kind of multi-billion dollar private sector investment to give people the high-speed connections they want and need,” said Montgomery.  “Investment is the linchpin to staying ahead of the massive growth in consumer demand for speed, data capacity and devices and apps that are now central to our lives.”

A new CALinnovates infographic on its website documents how consumers are driving the market that is revolutionizing communications and creating skyrocketing demand for new technology that can handle more data than ever before.  In describing the infographic, Montgomery said, “Consumers today want to be connected everywhere in every way possible.  But, we can’t take for granted the robust high-speed networks that are necessary to carry the innovations that are driving the economy and improving our lives.  Those networks require mega investments to keep them growing and improving.”

“Continued investment to build the communications infrastructure of the future is what will keep the U.S. and Silicon Valley ahead of the innovation curve,” he said.



Why Public Policy is Critical to the Communications Revolution

In Silicon Valley local issues and global issues are often closely linked. It’s inevitable in a region where home grown high-tech is creating groundbreaking changes across the globe and supporting an entire region’s economic growth and job market.

With the introduction of the iPhone right here in the Valley and advent of mobile apps, the so-called “App Economy” is a huge local issue for Silicon Valley and the rest of California.  It contributes $8.2 billion a year and supports 152,000 jobs in California, according to CTIA and the Application Developers Alliance.

But, the most forceful demonstration of the global impact is the communications revolution taking place today.  “Smart networks,” such as wireless and wireline IP (Internet Protocol)-based networks, allow consumers to tap into super-fast Internet speeds so that they can better access video, voice and data services over the Internet.  With communications technology playing a leading role in daily life, it’s no surprise high-tech honchos are holding the Silicon Valley Wireless Symposium on November 2nd at Marvell headquarters in Santa Clara to discuss public policy that ensures a sound path forward for 21st Century communications infrastructure.

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Transformational Transportation – The Rideshare Revolution

Yesterday, I joined the rideshare revolution. Today I’m writing about it. I downloaded this app on my iPhone and took three short car trips yesterday courtesy of SideCar, a San Francisco-based ridesharing company that connects people who need a ride with drivers already on the road. Simply put, it’s a reinvention of carpooling through smartphone technology.

SideCar, founded by visionary cleanweb venture capitalist Sunil Paul, is only available in San Francisco at this time.

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Transformational Transportation — The Rise of Uber

On my penultimate trip to D.C., it took far longer to find a cab to Dulles than I anticipated. Once I flagged one down, I thought the stress of the mad dash was essentially over. I was wrong. About a mile away from the airport, I asked my driver if he accepted credit cards, as I couldn’t cover the fee in cash. Much to the surprise of few in Washington, the gruff cabbie said “no,” that he did not take credit cards. He did, however, offer me one option, which felt more like an ultimatum. I could get out of the taxi, shuffle down a flight of stairs, bank left and use an inconveniently-placed ATM. After withdrawing my cash, I could sprint back to the car and exchange my money for my luggage. What a deal.

On my last trip to Washington, I had learned my lesson. Two lessons, actually. The first was to carve out time for an anticipatory trip to the ATM. The second lesson was to download the Uber app on my smartphone.

Read the Full Article on Huffington Post

DEMO 2012 Demonstrates Value of Keeping California High Tech Free to Innovate

Anyone needing reassurance that California hasn’t lost any of its high tech luster should have stopped by the DEMO Fall 2012 conference last week in Santa Clara. DEMO attracted 77 ambitious tech start-ups from around the country, competing with six-minute pitches for their apps, services and products. Just the fact that this event takes place in Santa Clara reinforces the reality that California is still the epicenter of America’s high-tech Internet economy. We’re still the place where budding tech stars come to be discovered. And we have a huge stake in seeing that our innovative technology isn’t smothered by unnecessary regulation.

Of the top start-ups selected at DEMO 2012, the number one spot went to RentLingo, a startup just up the road in Palo Alto, founded by Stanford graduate students Dan Laufer and Byron Singh. Their winning product is a social networking approach to finding an apartment. But RentLingo wasn’t the only California start-up in the top echelon. They were joined by Birdeez. From its humble beginnings as a student project at UC Santa Barbara, this central coast-based startup launched a smartphone app called Bird Alerts. Amateur Ornithologists can give Bird Alerts a list of the birds you most want to see and the app will send you an alert every time one has been spotted within 30 miles of your location.

Read the Full Article on Daily Kos.

Statement from Executive Director Mike Montgomery on New California Tech Laws

“I am pleased that Governor Jerry Brown has signed a multitude of forward-thinking tech bills into law.   In particular, SB 1161 is an important law that will provide regulatory certainty in California for Internet-based services.  California has once again reassured high-tech innovators, investors and consumers that our state remains globally competitive by promoting  investment, innovation, and continued economic growth in our critically important high-tech sector.

Also signed into law was SB 1298, a bill that allows for the testing of self-driving cars on our streets as well as an initiative to make California a leader in making digital college textbooks available to students.  Another new law created privacy safeguards that  prohibit colleges and employers from demanding access to student and employee social media accounts.

I applaud Governor Brown and the state legislature for recognizing that California’s laws must continue to evolve with the pace of change in technology.

Consumers deserve greater choice and access to new communications technologies, and innovators should be provided the freedom to innovate.  CALinnovates opposes unnecessary regulations on Internet-based services that would undermine investment and job creation in our state.

Laws such as SB 1161 show that California is serious about preserving a free and open Internet.  Policy makers across the nation would be wise to take a similar approach.”

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